The Book of Joy - The conversations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as documented by Douglas Abrams, New York: Avery Press, 2016
Imagine two world religious leaders who represent significantly different faith practices meeting for a week to reflect on the topic of joy. Imagine that each has experienced significant hardships in their respective lives. And yet, each has emerged with a strong faith, an amazing sense of humor, and a huge capacity for joy. This is the story that is captured by Douglas Abrams as he documents the insights, reflections, and funny anecdotes that emerged from a week long discussion between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the topic of joy.
These men identify obstacles to joy, sharing how they faced them, and coped with them. However, they also emphasize in their words and in the ways they have lived their lives that the obstacles can be overcome. They describe eight behaviors or habits that can lead to more joy and satisfaction in life. This is not an “easy-self-help-book.” Rather, it is the documentation of the inspirational journeys of two amazing men, which have contributed to in an incredible friendship across faith boundaries, and resulted in a week of shared joy. With thought and effort, the joy they experience is within your reach as well.