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Serenity prayer key to peace and happiness, says priest-author


This is the cover of "The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer" by Jonathan Morris. The book is reviewed by Jan Kilby. (CNS)

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"The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer" by Jonathan Morris. HarperOne (San Francisco, 2014). 231 pp., $24.99.

In "The Way of Serenity," Father Jonathan Morris examines the appeal and value of the popular "Serenity Prayer."

Its words are familiar to many: "God 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."

Father Morris, a Catholic priest serving in the Archdiocese of New York, is an analyst for the Fox News channel and former program director of the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM satellite radio. He also serves in campus ministry at Columbia University and is the author of two previous books.

In his new book, he shares some profound insight about the simple three-line prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr, an American Protestant theologian.

He organizes the book's chapters into three parts, each devoted to one line of the prayer. Within each, he discusses what a petitioner requests in the line, why it is important, ways to attain it and barriers to doing so.

He believes the prayer has appeal because it "strikes a chord that transcends the boundaries of particular religious experiences to touch something intimately related to our common humanity."

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