Finding Joy: A Practical Spiritual Guide to Happiness

A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint

Find joy through a time-honored, creative and surprisingly practical approach based on the teachings of Jewish mystics. Introduces ancient insights and offers creative, practical, week-by-week exercises to bring them into our daily routines.

Dannel I. Schwartz with Mark Hass

6 x 9, 192 pp | 978-1-58023-009-4

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Searching for happiness in our modern world of stress and struggle is common; finding it is more unusual. This guide explores and explains how to find joy through a time-honored, creative—and surprisingly practical—approach based on Kabbalah and the teachings of Jewish mystics.

The very core of the Jewish mystical tradition is centered on the belief that if our focus is spiritual, then true appreciation of our lives, and true joy, are possible. Step by step, Finding Joy describes the basis of happiness in the context of Jewish mystical tradition and shows, in an easy-to-understand way, how we can use its concept of the 10 divine “rays of light,” the Sefirot, to remedy the everyday unhappiness in our lives.

Clear, creative, personal, and down-to-earth, Finding Joy introduces the ancient insights of the Jewish mystics, and offers practical week-by-week exercises for the soul which bring them into our daily routines. Finding Joy is not an instant cure for modern life’s burdens. Instead, it’s a guide to a time-honored method for thinking and living ... and finding real joy.

“This new book is not only practical and universal, but is deeply spiritual in its approach to finding happiness. Jewish mysticism transcends the traditional psychotherapies and ‘feel-good’ platitudes of today and provides solid, workable teachings about ourselves and the world in which we live.”

Dr. Stephen R. Covey,author of number one best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“A direct and easy guide to a Jewish spirituality that doesn’t make it ‘a big deal.’ ‘So easy is this for you—so do-able with word and heart’ (Deut. 30:14).”

Rabbi Zalman M.  Schachter-Shalomi

“This lovely, simple introduction to Kabbalah will appeal to audiences of all traditions who are curious about Jewish spirituality—or simply wish to be happy. . . . Packed with everyday stories beautifully told and simple exercises that bring profound mystical insights to life. Not a theoretical introduction but a practical one, this is a singular contribution.”

American Library Association’s Booklist

“Leads the way to a basic understanding of the Kabbalah. . . . A down-to-earth and non-threatening guide, offering the chance to find satisfaction in the simplicity of just being.”

NAPRA Review

“Pithy, effective, and remarkable…. A good read for those who seek to do good and enjoy happiness.”

Msgr. Tom Hartman,The God Squad

“Brings to life ancient concepts of Jewish mysticism and applies them to the modern quest for meaning. . . . Hits the mark with its depiction of the nature of spiritual maturity.”

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