December & January
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December & January Book

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. Two spiritual giants; his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Five days and one timeless question:

How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

In April 2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in India to celebrate his Holiness’s 80th birthday. In honor of this event, they wanted to create a gift they could share with the world. Over the course of a week, the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama were interviewed by co-writer Douglas Abrams to discuss what it is to live a joyful life.


“We are sharing what two friends, from very different worlds, have witnessed and learned in our long lives. We hope you will discover whether what is included here is true by applying it in your own life. Every day is a new opportunity to begin again. Every day is your birthday. May this book be a blessing for all sentient beings, and for all of God’s children—including you.”


Both men are Nobel Peace Prize recipients. Both have suffered years of exile and violent oppression. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and has lived in exile in India since the 1959 uprising. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African theologian, has been a devout anti-apartheid and human rights activist. Together these men have over 150 years of experience and wisdom and so much joy. This book is their way of sharing it with the world, and whatever they have to share, we’re here to listen.

December and January is always a good time for something new. A time to be better and grow in some way. And we like to do that with a book. So there you have it! This December and January we’re reading The Book of Joy to learn something new for a new year. And hopefully it spreads little joy this season. You should read with us and find a little joy this new year, too! How? Here’s all you need to know…

  1. pick up a copy and read along with us anytime before the end of January
  2. keep us posted on any thoughts or progress you wanna share social using #booklymark and tagging @thebooklyclub
  3. stay tuned for our discussion post on Instagram and our reviews here on the blog so we can chat all about it!

Happy reading! x

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