The Spirit of Happiness: Discovering God's Purpose for Your Life

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Argues that a devoted faith in God is an essential part of achieving life satisfaction, explaining how to accept such challenges as war, poverty, and death while offering counsel on improving everything from one's career to interpersonal relationships. By the author of The Art of Serenity. 40,000 first printing.

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I was puzzled by the review by Publisher s Weekly of my new book, The Spirit of Happiness. The review failed to grasp the essence of my book, a self-help book based on the Judeo-Christian belief system. "Dr. Karasu assumes that readers know that God loves them and that they now need to understand how to live godly lives." I do not assume anything, I simply quote the Bible. Furthermore, if you believe in the Bible, then you believe that God loves you.

I used the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, exclusively, as my primary reference. That is why, of course, I draw heavily on the Bible. Since I am quoting from the Bible, I fail to see how my language is gender-specific and dated.

My goal in Spirit was to distill the writings of the Bible and demonstrate how its teachings are a psychological and philosophical text. My premise is that the Bible is the best self-help book ever and that the path to genuine happiness lies in its pages. The Bible is the only source we need for common wisdom in living.

Prominent theologians, one from the Jewish and one from the Catholic faith, have said about the book:

Thomas Moore, Author of Care of the Soul: "The Spirit of Happiness reveals experience, wisdom, and vision."

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder of the Fellowship for Christians and Jews: "I am grateful [for] instilling in me "the spirit of happiness" we all so desperately seek."

About the Author:

T. Byram Karasu, M.D., a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is presently the Silverman Professor and University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He is the author or editor of 20 books, including two novels, Of God and Madness and The Gotham Chronicles--The Culture of Sociopathy; a book of poetry, Rags of My Soul; the seminal work, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders; and two best sellers, The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards. He lives in New York City.

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