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

By T. Byram Karasu (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2006
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  074328903X  
EAN  9780743289030  

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In the course of our lives, we struggle to establish careers and relationships that we hope will infuse us with a sense of purpose. While important titles, wealth, power, and possessions may represent a life that is successful in the eyes of others, pursuit of these achievements prompts us to seek more of the same again and again. However, it is only through a fundamental understanding of faith in God that we can discover His purpose for each of us in life, and can in turn pursue a meaningful existence and achieve lasting happiness.

In his authentic and profound book The Spirit of Happiness, Dr. T. Byram Karasu explores the psychological barriers that prevent so many of us from allowing faith to become an integral part of our lives and from becoming truly serene and fulfilled human beings.

We all experience many difficulties and conflicts in our daily lives, meeting challenges at work and in relationships, suffering through illness, losses, and failures, feeling anxious, depressed, or simply empty and purposeless. If we view such ordeals through the wisdom of the Holy Bible, which Dr. Karasu presents to us here as the ultimate self-help book, we can learn to understand and identify with God's Holy Purpose. Psycho-spiritual exercises, including meditations and affirmations based on God's word, are placed at the end of each chapter to help focus the reader's spiritual intention and lead the way to a more joyful and rewarding existence.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Spirit of Happiness begins where most self-help books end.

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More About T. Byram Karasu

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is the Silverman Professor of Psychiatry and University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the seminal "Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders" and "The Art of Serenity, " a "New York Times" bestseller. He is editor in chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher, and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards. He lives in New York City and Connecticut.

T. Byram Karasu was born in 1935.

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A Search for God; Ending With God Finding Us  Dec 11, 2006
One of my blessings in 2006 has been the discovery of T. Byram Karasu, M.D. I had the good fortune of stumbling on his "The Art of Serenity" early in the year and could not put it down. Each page is filled with uncommon wisdom. I have now finished Karasu's "The Spirit of Happiness" and have just ordered his just released "Of God and Madness: a Novel." Needless to say, I am hooked on T. Byram Karasu.

T. Byram Karasu, M.D. has been practicing psychiatry for thirty-five years and is a student of the human condition. He has reached a point in his life where he has a handle on those things that trouble us and keep us from serenity and happiness. And he is taking the time to share his insights with us.

In "Spirit of Happiness," he begins where "Serenity" begins, with a belief and love of God. Karasu points out that one cannot find meaning in life just by living. We must first understand ourselves and our purpose, and this can only be done by knowing God and the will of God.

The answers to the human dilemma cannot be found in all the "self-ultimacy" books and speakers that abound in our modern world. "The works of secular gurus demonstrates again and again that making the mind of man its own center generates only personal confusion, unhappiness, and communal disorders."

The answers to the human dilemma can only be found through God who speaks to all of us. He speaks to us through the Bible and through nature. But to hear and see, we must listen and observe. This demands sacrifice, resilience, and determination as the path to God is through a small, narrow gate.

Since we are defined eternally only in communion with God, the closer we stay to God, the stronger we become. With this in mind, Karasu maintains that striving for Godliness is the key to being strong and successful, finding joy and happiness, and living in an extraordinarily meaningful way while leading an ordinary life.

The "Spirit of Happiness" is built on Karasu's six tenets of soulfulness and spirituality as basic requirements for happiness: The Love of Others, The Love of Work, The Love of Belonging, Believing in the Sacred, Believing in Unity, and Believing in Transformation. Karasu's provides useful insight and examples of these tenets in the book's nine chapters:

God's Holy Purpose
Man's Holy Purpose is Striving to be Godly
Striving for Godly Success
Striving for Godly Strength
Striving for a Godly Marriage
Striving for a Godly Family
Striving for Godly Friendships
Striving for Godly community
Striving for Godly Harmony
I believe in God, Therefore I Am.

The "Spirit of Happiness" is written in such a way that you can read it through or use it for daily meditations. Each chapter contains readings ranging in length from two paragraphs to two pages with advice on how to achieve a goal we should be striving for. These readings are based on a biblical verse that precedes it. For example,

GOD IS A YOUR THERAPIST; REMAIN UNDER HIS CARE (Man's Holy Purpose is Striving to be Godly)
"Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
Matt. 11.28-29

Additionally, Karasu sprinkles "EXERCISES FOR PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL FITNESS" throughout the book for directed meditations.

The "Spirit of Happiness" will serve as a useful reference, and as a book of meditations. And it will serve as a constant reminder to keep reading and rereading the bible and meditating on it with the hope that God will find those seeking Him.

What does God Want for ME? This book is a good roadmap.  Feb 13, 2006
I wish I knew what God wants for me. I am so down and depressed. Reading this book gave me the courage to keep searching for the answer. It was a very calming book, while still encouraging me to continue to seek joy in my life.
For those people unable to experience joy, I would recommend "Out of the Black Hole". It's a wonderful book about a new FDA approved treatment for depression. If I can climb out of the black hole through the miracle of this new treatment, Mr. Karasu's book will guide me the rest of the way. Thank you.

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