Eerdmans. Oct. 2011. c.234p. ISBN 9780802864819. $20. REL
OrangeReviewStarChittister (God's Tender Mercy), a Benedictine nun and a favorite in these pages, has written a book on that ever-elusive goal, happiness. In the course of a tour through the sciences, psychology, philosophy, history, and the lessons of the world's major religions, Chittister concludes that happiness is not a matter of luck but is something we create—a process of appreciating what we have and pursuing worthwhile goals.
VERDICT Chittister's usual excellent and fluent style lends credence to this gentle reminder of the meaning of happiness (and perhaps of life in general). A good fit for readers of any faith yearning for contentment and self-improvement.
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