Advent Sessions at Almondbury Methodist Church
Advent Sessions 2012

Following the feedback we received from those who attended the Lent Sessions in 2011 (which involved reading and discussing 'Finding Sanctuary' by Abbott Christopher Jamison), we decided to read the second of Abbott Christopher Jamison's books 'Finding Happiness' in our journey through Advent in 2012.

If you're not familiar with Abbott Christopher Jamison, you may recall a television series back in 2005/6 called 'The Monastery'. The series followed five people from very different walks of life as they looked for peace and direction in their lives. They each took time away from their busy lives and participated in the monastic community at Worth Abbey, learning from the monks who follow the Rule of St Benedict.

Following the television series Abbott Christopher Jamison from Worth Abbey wrote 'Finding Sanctuary' and later another book called 'Finding Happiness'. In both books he explores with us the Rule of St Benedict which offers guidance in our everyday lives. St Benedictine's wisdom and teachings, enable those who want to commit to it, an opportunity to change their lives, by taking steps to remove the obstacles which get in our way of finding sanctuary, or happiness.

Some feedback from a person who read the book 'Finding Happiness' and attended the Advent Sessions here at Almondbury Methodist Church:

'Finding Happiness' focusses on how we choose to be busy and often get caught in up in our own busyness, that we forget who we are, who we want to be and how we should live. The words of Abbott Christopher Jamison has helped us to identify those things in our lives which prevent us being happy.
His teaching based on the benedictine monks, helps us to remove these obstacles and journey towards finding happiness.

See some comments below from others who read the book 'Finding Happiness' by Abbott Christopher Jamison and attended the Advent sessions:

"Ever since reading his first book 'Finding Sanctuary', I was keen to read this one. Glad I did. Would highly recommend reading both books, Finding Sanctuary and Finding Happiness, really helpful and insightful."

"Another great book. It was great to read and discuss over a series of Advent Sessions."

"Abbott Christopher Jamison really knows how to guide the reader through the Rule of St Benedict. Makes you realise what's important in life."

If you are interested in reading this book, please go to an online book store or pop into your local bookshop. 'Finding Happiness' by Abbott Christopher Jamison. ISBN-10: 0753826097, ISBN-13: 978-0753826096.

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