“The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams


If you only read one book this year, this is the book I would recommend.  It is one of those rare resources that I will read over and over because it contains too much wisdom and inspiration to grasp in one reading.  (Or in one “hearing,” if you prefer the Audible version.)  This book features a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in what was the last face-to-face meeting of their lifetimes.  Using the central message that you must have joy if you are to bring joy to others, these spiritual masters and Nobel Peace Prize winners offer a wealth of wisdom on how to live abundantly in the face of adversity, as well as insights about how to cultivate virtues such as humility, forgiveness, compassion, and generosity. They are wise, funny and utterly down-to-earth, creating a book that is as easy to read as it is enjoyable and inspiring.

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