If this guy can find actual happiness, so can you—and you’ll have fun along the way. A refreshing new voice—without pretense, and with a real gift for clear expression. Let's face it: we all have a motivating drive to become "better." what we have and who we are never seem to be good enough. This feeling that something is wrong or needs to be fixed causes us to continuously run around, chasing after what we feel will finally fulfill us. But what if these very conditions that we are constantly trying to escape from could be used as a way to awaken ourselves—to connect with the peace already within us? A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness offers a realistic roadmap for working toward inner peace without needing to be someone you’re not. With humor and refreshing simplicity, Van Buren shows how everything life throws at you, good and bad, can be used as a means to cultivate compassion, wisdom, and loving-kindness. This book allows you to explore who you are—warts and all—and gives you tools to love and accept what you find.
In this mindfulness guide for a new generation, the author of A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness provides accessible mindfulness teachings that reveal how simple it really is to entirely transform your life. This book’s message is bold and clear: your entire life is meditation—every moment and every circumstance can be a place of mindfulness practice and transformation. Your entire life is a path to awakening; nothing is too mundane, nothing at all is left out. Mark Van Buren excels at communicating in a simple and breezy fashion the nothing-special quality of spiritual practice, helping us see how mindfulness lets us be more present with life as it actually is. He leaves the reader feeling empowered, encouraged, and up for the task of living a life of at least just a little bit more freedom and peace. Praise for Mark Van Buren “This dude really gets it! The Buddha believed in happiness for everyone, and Van Buren gets you there in this concise and simple book that’s just loaded with wisdom.”—Gerry Stribling, author of Buddhism for Dudes
The saints have said wonderful things about every aspect of the Christian life, but much of their writing is inaccessible. To meet this need, Charis Books presents an exciting new series of Saints' Guides. In these books, readers will find helpful and inspiring teaching taken directly from the saints' own works. Compiled by experienced writers and editors, each book presents the wisdom of a wide variety of saints on such topics as prayer, suffering, and forgiveness. For people who want to hear from the saints, the Saints' Guides are the ideal place to start. Popularly written, beautifully designed, short, and priced at $9.99, they make ideal gifts for all occasions.Renowned saint-watcher Ann Ball's book about the joy of the saints will banish forever the notion of sour-pussed, "holy" Christians. With charming stories and delightful quotes from the saints, she demonstrates conclusively that beneath the discipline, suffering, and daily routines of life, Christianity is fundamentally and inextinguishably joyful. Without joy we become brittle and prone to breaking under pressure, but filled with joy we become strong and flexible, able to withstand whatever comes.
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press Anniversary Collection
Category: Literary Criticism
Drawing upon considerable new documentary evidence, Swift at Moor Park represents the most exhaustive study yet published about this formative period in Swift's literary career and challenges traditional assumptions and conclusions concerning those years.