Book Reviews

The Book of Joy

The book of Joy is an amazing book that teaches different perspectives in life. Those perspectives belong to no other than His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the truly missed Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was an honor to learn from their wisdom and experience. Additionally, the way they perceive life and the causes for such perceptions. This book may be read more than once by the same individual since each revisit will reveal new lessons depending on the stage / problem / situation one finds themselves in.

Why I picked this book?

I came across this book one rainy day when I was in the Chapters bookstore in Vancouver, BC. While, waiting for a friend to grab a coffee, I started browsing through the products exhibited on the first floor. Then, I decided to go up to the second floor since my friend notified me that she was going to be a few minutes late due to the rain – we are talking about Vancouver after all.

At that time, my life was at a point that I was looking for something new and different. I was closing cycles and ready for new opportunities and experiences in life; I had finished my diploma and I was working in my industry as a professional for the first time. Finally, I had accomplished one of my goals and I was now able to start to live life on my own terms. However, I was not feeling completely “happy”.

Therefore, when I came across this book I felt like the book was waiting for me. When I read  the back cover and discovered what it was about, I thought, “Wow, I really need this!” as I was ready to start a new chapter in my life; and one that I determined to write. I opted for self-discovery and looking for the joy within, so the next chapter in my life could be a joyful one and I have to say that it was!

“You are made for perfection,
You are not yet perfect

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Book of Joy Structure

This book divides its content into three parts: “The Nature of True Joy”, “The obstacles through Joy” and “The Eight Pillars of Joy”. The structure of the book allowed me to first understand what joy really means, then the second part allowed me to identify the obstacle that I was confronting (usually it is different for each person and depends on your specific circumstances) and lastly, once the obstacle was identified I was able to understand how to capture my Joy. I have to say that this book changed the way I perceive life and I am willing to read it again.

Have you read this book? What were the circumstances that made you read it? Did you like it? Comment below.   

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