The Book Of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
  • The Book Of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
  • The Book Of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
  • The Book Of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
  • The Book Of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
  • The Book Of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
ISBN: 0399185046
EAN13: 9780399185045
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 20, 2016
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.1" L x 5.8" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

An instant New York Times bestseller

Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships--or, as they would say, because of them--they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy--from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Read More chevron_right

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5
   It May Change You Forever!
A quick read offers good medicine for our troubled world. Both the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu have risen above their religions to reach out to all humans. There's a lot of inspiration here. If you read it once or twice, chew on the things they say. It could make you feel better, lighten your load, and possibly change your life.
 
5
   Fantastic
There are amazing insights into how to experience joy and compassion. Doug Abrams wrote a really good piece. Two of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time are talking.
 
5
   brilliant book
Who doesn't want more joy in their life? We bought this before we lost a famous author.
 
5
   Amazing Book
Two men from two different religions who suffered a lot of hardship in their lives come together with a moderator of another religion and share their secrets to reaching joy in your life. The respect these men have for each other despite their differences is obvious. They are still joyful and positive despite their trials. They have a humor that seems infectious and aren't stifled. It's great to see that there is still good in the world and that we can coexist with each other.
 
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   Terribly disappointing.
I tried to like the book. I tried to enjoy it. I tried to read it in the hopes that I could gain something from it. I made it about 14 through. This book is not an interview, but a lightly edited one. Unfortunately, it only contains the voices of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. This is a lecture that seems to be about who Douglas is and what he believes, and what he wants you to believe. Only two of the 10 pages contain information relevant to the interview. I don't know why it has five stars, because those who like well-written books and want to draw their own conclusions will lose patience with the author's heavy-handed approach.
 
3
   Abrams is in your face
The book could have been great. The project is not great because of the presence of the project's co-ordinator, Douglas Abrams. He is imposing himself as if he's the same as the two giants. I wanted to read it again but couldn't abide this clown. It was very sad. I was hoping I could stomach this guy one last time.
 
3
   Not What I expected
I was not able to finish the book because I am a big fan of the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop. The description of the thoughts and work of these two icons is diminished by the pedantic writing of Douglas Carlton Abrams. The reader is bored because he sucks oxygen from the book. It was so disappointing.
 
4
   Joyfulness
I think this book captures the warm bond between these two great people and their belief in the goodness of humanity and how we can work towards joyfulness. Professional editing could have helped the book. The writing at the beginning is really bad.
 
5
   Just simply a good read
There is a lot of positive in this book. Purchase it, read it, feel better. These men are very different but they see things the same. You won't be disappointed. This book can make you feel better about a lot of things, but it can also make you happy.
 
5
   A profound read.
A lot of personal wisdom can be found in the beginning of a conversation. The two men remind us what really matters. A great book.
 
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