The Art of Serenity: The Path to a Joyful Life in the Best and Worst of Times

Toksoz Byram Karasu, Author
Toksoz Byram Karasu, Author Simon & Schuster $43 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7432-2831-2
Reviewed on: 12/23/2002
Release date: 12/01/2002
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Drawing on, among many other traditions and influences, folktales, mythology, Eastern philosophy, Sufi poetry and Judeo-Christian theology, Karasu, a scholar, lecturer and the editor in chief of American Journal of Psychotherapy, fashions a spiritual guide to help suffering people find genuine happiness and""an extraordinary and permanent joyful serenity."" His message is a simple one: such serenity comes from loving others, loving one's work and belonging to a community, and from being able to believe in unity, the sacred, and the possibility of transformation. These feelings find their ultimate meaning and inspiration, he says, in""believing in and loving God."" Moving through these themes in compassionate chapters full of anecdotes, literary references and stories from his own patients, Karasu shows how they resolved their issues and learned to live with joy. More philosophical than practical, Karasu's moving book will appeal to those seeking a profound journey, rather than those who seek concrete steps for better living.
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