Deep in the heart of every person there is a longing for happiness. But what is happiness, and how might we find it? Countless books send us searching for the answer in a wide variety of different places: through personal relationships, career success, physical fitness, beauty, weight, diet and the like. Robert Ellsberg suggests that we begin somewhere else: with our selves, exactly as we are and where we are, in the midst of our everyday life. He shows how happiness is found not through the struggle to escape from this life into another one but in the way we deal with the basic things - work, love, suffering, and death. Ellsberg draws inspiration from the great figures in the Christian tradition, from famous saints such as Francis of Assisi and Teresa of Avila, to remarkable men and women that he has known and worked with, such as Henri Nouwen and Dorothy Day.
"If you've been thirsting for a more authentic life, this is your book. No abstractions here, only real people scuffling, searching, stumbling into grace--and happiness. In these pages are living templates, which spark recognition: Hey, that's me. I could be like that.' I love this book." -- Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of "Dead Man Walking" "Happiness--deep, true, stable, lasting--is not the result of feelings, but is a by-product of holiness. Whatever the common opinion, it is in fact the holy who live life to the full. Robert Ellsberg understands this lovely paradox and explains all its implications with grace and charm."- Sister Wendy Beckett, author of "Sister Wendys Book of Saints" "Robert Ellsberg regards saints as friends worth knowing. His engaging book shows us why we should commune with the saints: for their uncommon wisdom as people who discovered that happiness and holiness are the same thing."-- Kenneth L. Woodward, author of "Making Saints