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The way of serenity : finding peace and happiness in the serenity prayer
Morris, Jonathan, 1972- , author.
First edition.
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New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
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231 pages ; 24 cm
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FOX News religion analyst, program director of the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio, and bestselling author Father Jonathan Morris reveals how the Serenity Prayer offers a sure path to peace and fulfillment for everyone, not just those in recovery programs. The Serenity Prayer states:

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Exploring the prayer phrase by phrase, Morris shows the hope that can be found by gaining a deeper spiritual understanding of its words and by practicing its message. Enlightening and profound, The Way of Serenity includes moving narratives, illuminating historical anecdotes, and pertinent biblical passages that demonstrate the power of the Serenity Prayer to help us grow closer to God and find greater peace and happiness.

Author Notes

Father Jonathan Morris is the program director of the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio and FOX News religion analyst. He was born in 1972, and is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.

He studied Business Administration at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He entered the ministry at the age of 21, and went on to complete separate degrees in Classical Humanities, Philosophy, and Theology. He was ordained a Catholic Priest in Rome on December 24th, 2002. His foray into mass media was as a theological advisor and marketing consultant for Mel Gibson's epic religious film The Passion of the Christ. In 2004 he graduated magna cum laude with a Licentiate graduate degree in Moral Theology from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, Italy.

Father Morris is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, The Way of Serenity, as well as, The Promise, and God Wants You Happy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Morris (The Promise; God Wants You Happy), a Catholic priest, has become known for his "Father Knows Best" segment on Fox News as well as being director of the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. His latest book is a series of reflections on the so-called Serenity Prayer ("Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change."). In this work, chapters are rather loosely tethered to the words of the prayer and the ideas implicit in them, but the broad message is consistent-Morris commends acceptance even without certainties, perspective, and calm. VERDICT Morris's treatment of this very popular prayer reaches well across doctrinal and denominational divides; his book should have wide appeal to individuals, groups, and pastors. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Changep. 9
Chapter 1 A Peace That Comes from Godp. 13
Chapter 2 Safe from a all Distressp. 18
Chapter 3 Work as if Everything Depends on You, and Pray as if Everything Defends on Godp. 22
Chapter 4 Patience heads to Peacep. 27
Chapter 5 God Never Leaves Us Alonep. 33
Chapter 6 If God Can change It, why Doesn't He?p. 41
Chapter 7 We Have Everything We Needp. 45
Chapter 8 The Allure of Material Possessionsp. 49
Chapter 9 Climb a Mountain, Then Look Againp. 53
Chapter 10 Serenity Is Possible No Matter What Comes Our Wayp. 57
Chapter 11 Owning Our Historyp. 63
Chapter 12 God Loves You, Warts and Allp. 69
Chapter 13 God's Mercy Has No Limitsp. 73
Chapter 14 Gratitude as a Path to Peacep. 78
Chapter 15 It's All About Joyp. 85
Part 2 The Courage to Change the Things I Canp. 91
Chapter 16 Can We Really Make a Difference?p. 94
Chapter 17 Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread for Actionp. 99
Chapter 18 Some Change Is Necessaryp. 104
Chapter 19 Who Is Courageous Anymore?p. 110
Chapter 20 You've Got a Big Part in the Playp. 113
Chapter 21 In God's Eyes, We Are All Action Figuresp. 118
Chapter 22 Dreamers of the World, Unite!p. 124
Chapter 23 The First Person to Change Is Youp. 127
Chapter 24 Blessed Are the Mercifulp. 130
Chapter 25 A Bridge to Reconciliationp. 144
Chapter 26 Bearing each Other's Crossesp. 148
Chapter 27 The Courage to Get Back Up After Failingp. 152
Chapter 28 Start with Baby Stepsp. 158
Chapter 29 if David Could Do It, So Can I!p. 161
Part 3 The Wisdom to Know the Differencep. 165
Chapter 30 Seek After Wisdom, Not Knowledgep. 169
Chapter 31 Cultivating Our Interior Lifep. 173
Chapter 32 Spiritual but Not Religious?p. 177
Chapter 33 The Whiskers of Godp. 181
Chapter 34 The Root of All Wisdomp. 187
Chapter 35 Discernmentp. 191
Chapter 36 Don't Avoid Risks-Take the Right Onesp. 196
Chapter 37 A Life of Purpose and Meaningp. 201
Chapter 38 Christian Wisdom?p. 207
Chapter 39 I've Got Heaven on My Mindp. 209
Chapter 40 God's Will or Mine?p. 217
Chapter 41 Persons over Thingsp. 222
Conclusionp. 216
Notesp. 219