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Desmond Tutu (1931–2021)

Author of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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About the Author

Desmond Tutu was born October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa. He attended Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and graduated in 1954 from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school show more teacher he began to study theology, and was ordained as a priest in 1960. From 1962 to 1966 Tutu devoted his time to further theological study in England at King's College, eventually earning a Master's of Theology. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1984 for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. He was then elected Archbishop of Cape Town in April of 1986, the highest position in the South African Anglican Church. Tutu is also an honorary doctor of various universities in the USA, Britain and Germany. He is the author of the best seller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, with the Dalai Lama XIV and Douglas Carlton Abrams. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Desmond Tutu

No Future Without Forgiveness (1999) 758 copies, 5 reviews
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales (2002) — Introduction — 572 copies, 23 reviews
God's Dream (2008) 430 copies, 21 reviews
Children of God Storybook Bible (2010) 300 copies, 2 reviews
An African Prayer Book (1995) 252 copies, 2 reviews
The Rainbow People of God (1994) 200 copies, 2 reviews
Hope and suffering : sermons and speeches (1983) 186 copies, 3 reviews
Desmond and the Very Mean Word (2012) 163 copies, 24 reviews
Let There Be Light (2014) 128 copies, 3 reviews
The words of Desmond Tutu (1989) 54 copies
Mandela: An Audio History (2014) — Narrator — 22 copies, 2 reviews
Runcie: On Reflection (2000) 3 copies
On trial (1982) 2 copies
Nobelity 1 copy

Associated Works

Dead Man Walking (1993) — Preface, some editions — 1,493 copies, 18 reviews
The Sunflower (1997) — Contributor — 1,152 copies, 22 reviews
Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another (2003) — Foreword, some editions — 362 copies, 3 reviews
Freedom from Fear and Other Writings (1991) — Foreword — 333 copies, 7 reviews
Mandela: The Authorized Portrait (2006) — Introduction — 196 copies, 1 review
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (2010) — Contributor — 144 copies, 2 reviews
The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World (2007) — Contributor — 125 copies, 5 reviews
Fly, Eagle, Fly: An African Tale (2000) — Foreword — 116 copies, 5 reviews
God at 2000 (2000) — Panelist; Contributor — 100 copies, 1 review
A Day in the Life of Africa (2002) — Foreword — 94 copies, 1 review
Discovery of a Continent: Foods, Flavors, and Inspirations from Africa (2007) — Foreword, some editions — 63 copies, 2 reviews
100 Places to Go Before They Disappear (2009) — Contributor — 39 copies, 5 reviews
A Day in the World (2012) — Introduction — 36 copies
Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom (2012) — Introduction — 28 copies, 1 review
Reflections in Prison (2001) — Preface — 21 copies
An Acceptable Sacrifice? (2007) — Foreword — 17 copies, 1 review
Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (2014) — Foreword — 16 copies, 1 review
I Am [2010 film] (2011) 16 copies, 1 review
Our Lives Out Loud: In Pursuit of Justice and Equality (2008) — Foreword — 7 copies, 1 review
Beyond Our Differences [2008 film] (2008) — Interviewee — 6 copies
Nobelity (2006) — Actor, some editions — 4 copies
One peace at a time (2009) — Contributor, some editions — 1 copy

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Wow. This book is such a great reminder of our shared humanity. Compassion, joy, happiness, love ... so many great conversations and great advice. I can't recommend this book enough. Every person on the planet should read it.
 
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teejayhanton | 33 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
- Age: Primary

- About what God's dream is for children of the world. God's dream is being caring and kind towards others, and to accomplish this you must be a part of it.

- I would totally have it in my classroom in a Catholic school, and probably would even read it aloud.
 
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sabmcd | 20 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
What an eye-opening book. I grew up Buddhist and have always been a fan of the Dalai Lama and his wisdom. But I never knew much about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But I definitely have a newfound respect for both of these amazing world leaders, who teach us how to be at peace with ourselves, and find happiness in a world full of suffering and negativity. Such inspiring stories of how these two men survived through apartheid and exile, and yet still remain positive and joyful.

These days, we're so focused on external stimuli...material goods, making more money, focusing on ourselves. And yet, we're more depressed than ever before, despite the façade of "having everything". They teach in this book that compassion is key, as is giving, even when we have nothing. The eight pillars of joy is something I'll definitely be remembering for a long, long time. And the guide on meditation at the end is just what I needed in these stressful times.

So even though we can't change what's going on around us, or how other people behave, we can change ourselves. And change comes from the inside, and changing our mindset. I've slowly been moving toward this change of mindset myself, and while it's not an overnight change, the words spoken in this book give you plenty to think about. Highly recommended, and I know I'll be referring to this book whenever I need a reminder!
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galian84 | 33 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |
What an eye-opening book. I grew up Buddhist and have always been a fan of the Dalai Lama and his wisdom. But I never knew much about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But I definitely have a newfound respect for both of these amazing world leaders, who teach us how to be at peace with ourselves, and find happiness in a world full of suffering and negativity. Such inspiring stories of how these two men survived through apartheid and exile, and yet still remain positive and joyful.

These days, we're so focused on external stimuli...material goods, making more money, focusing on ourselves. And yet, we're more depressed than ever before, despite the façade of "having everything". They teach in this book that compassion is key, as is giving, even when we have nothing. The eight pillars of joy is something I'll definitely be remembering for a long, long time. And the guide on meditation at the end is just what I needed in these stressful times.

So even though we can't change what's going on around us, or how other people behave, we can change ourselves. And change comes from the inside, and changing our mindset. I've slowly been moving toward this change of mindset myself, and while it's not an overnight change, the words spoken in this book give you plenty to think about. Highly recommended, and I know I'll be referring to this book whenever I need a reminder!
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