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U.S. Catholic book club: Finding Happiness

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Review: Finding Happiness might sound like a self-help book, but it is much more than that. Abbot Christopher Jamison, a British Benedictine, offers a historical look at the monastic tradition, a philosophical discussion about happiness, and a critique of modern culture. His writing is accessible and will appeal to both Catholics and unhappy agnostics.

The book challenges readers to do and know good rather than just feel good. Jamison prescribes diminishing our embrace of “eight thoughts”—the seven deadly sins and acedia (spiritual carelessness)—to find happiness. Responding to our understanding of happiness as pleasure, Jamison provides plenty of material for both discussion and introspection. —
Megan Sweas, Assistant Editor

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