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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (509 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell Narrator: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780739341896
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In her first two books, Byron Katie showed how suffering can be ended by questioning the stressful thoughts that create it, through a process of self-inquiry she calls The Work. Now, in A Thousand Names for Joy, she encourages us to discover the freedom that lives on the other side of inquiry.
Stephen Mitchell–the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching–selected provocative excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is an audiobook that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who for twenty years–ever since she “woke up to reality” one morning in 1986–has been living what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.
With her stories of total ease in all circumstances, Katie does more than describe the awakened mind; she lets you see it, feel it, in action. And she shows you how that mind is yours as well. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Byron Katie is one of the truly great and inspiring teachers of our time. She has been enormously helpful to me personally. I love this very wise woman, and I encourage everyone to immerse themselves in this phenomenal book. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • A Thousand Names for Joy is a vivid and powerful portrait of the awakened mind. I am captivated by Katie’s clear mind and loving heart, which offer the world a simple process to find joy. Who knew? Katie did, and what a blessing she offers to us all. Iyanla Vanzant, founder, Inner Visions Institute
  • Katie’s teachings and everyday life are pure wisdom. A Thousand Names for Joy shows us the way to inner peace, and she directs us there fearlessly, relentlessly, and with utmost generosity. I have rarely seen anyone—spiritual teachers included—embody wisdom as powerfully as Katie in her passionate embrace of each and every moment. Roshi Bernie Glassman
  • Byron Katie’s Work . . . acts like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being. Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Bennett | 2/17/2014

    " An amazing look into an enlightened person. Wow. I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/5/2014

    " My second book by Katie. I continue to be surprised by how brutal this outlook sounds while understanding the purpose of the 4 questions. Katie leads me to question everything and wonder if my sense of reality is just a dream. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 2/4/2014

    " Her work has changed my life so much for the better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/9/2014

    " absolutely worth it! only downside is that there is such a concentration of wisdom after a while my brain almost goes blank. but when taken in smaller bits, it is excellent. amazing really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 1/7/2014

    " My mind is not ready to think completely in this way. I love Byron Katies work as a rule but this was beyond me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/20/2013

    " I have been following Katie for a few years now and enjoys her inspiration. I have currently ordered 3 of her books and will review upon receipt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/17/2013

    " Strange......didn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/14/2013

    " I shouldn't really rate this, since I didn't get to finish it as it was on hold for someone else at the library when it was time to renew. I think I want to start with one of Byron Katie's earlier books and come back to this one later... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sigrid | 12/2/2013

    " not always easy to read, but life changing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Rae | 11/25/2013

    " This book is one I return to over and over. It takes her outlook and expands it and allows for better understanding. It never stops being inspiring no matter how often I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/29/2013

    " If you enjoy "Loving What Is" you will definitely like this book as well. It's a more poetic exploration of Katie's work, as connected to the Tao te Ching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaina | 9/21/2013

    " A book that brings peace in a chaotic life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebony Haywood | 7/19/2013

    " Totally makes me think twice before complaining about anything in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linty | 7/18/2013

    " The power of questions/questioning... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 6/24/2013

    " based on Taoism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/22/2013

    " I've checked this book out of the library but have just barely started it. Attended a workshop in the wintertime and thought I'd read a little on my own. I never got started on this book. Checked it back into the library more than a week overdue! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 1/12/2013

    " My life is better after reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Putkonen | 1/1/2013

    " Her little steps are so helpful in dealing with others. They are so simple and they work so well. The audio version is my favorite because you hear the actual people and Katie talking out the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy Sinclair | 9/26/2012

    " One of the best teachers on the face of the earth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/21/2012

    " This is a book I return to over and over through the years. Her message is simple: accept what is. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davide Angelis | 7/16/2012

    " Simply a must read for anyone wishing to liberate their mind and body from false assumptions about life. Beautiful, real and powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Hersey | 7/4/2012

    " An important re-connection to The Work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amydudu | 5/24/2012

    " Unbelivably good. Give me completely new way of looking at life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lola | 4/3/2012

    " I've read this five times over the past few years. Love it. Beautiful expression of a life lived in love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha (Diarist) Holme | 1/18/2012

    " As much as I love Byron Katie, I'd probably reached saturation point (books, audio, video). Didn't manage to finish this one. Loved the use of the female pronoun throughout when referring to the Master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gladys McGuillicutty | 1/16/2012

    " This is BK's take on the Tao. It is very insightful and fulfilling. We should all take time to find Joy. It's there all we have to do is shift our preception of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/7/2012

    " Some of the things she says seem kind of out there, a little bit of what my best friend calls "the woo." But for the most part, this book describes how someone who has fully internalized Byron Katie's "The Work" sees the world -- and it's a pretty nice worldview. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaretflynn | 10/4/2011

    " Loved this book. Love this woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorra | 5/9/2011

    " Some beautiful insights in this one - the only thing is I wish there was more dialogues, because I love reading those.
    Gorgeous and simple - life changing things in her books. I love them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaretflynn | 4/13/2011

    " Loved this book. Love this woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/2/2011

    " Beautiful book. Byron Katie amazes me. I ended up buying my own copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 12/8/2010

    " Her work has changed my life so much for the better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amydudu | 11/9/2010

    " Unbelivably good. Give me completely new way of looking at life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/20/2010

    " absolutely worth it! only downside is that there is such a concentration of wisdom after a while my brain almost goes blank. but when taken in smaller bits, it is excellent. amazing really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 6/1/2010

    " I shouldn't really rate this, since I didn't get to finish it as it was on hold for someone else at the library when it was time to renew. I think I want to start with one of Byron Katie's earlier books and come back to this one later... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/4/2010

    " I've checked this book out of the library but have just barely started it. Attended a workshop in the wintertime and thought I'd read a little on my own. I never got started on this book. Checked it back into the library more than a week overdue! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lola | 3/29/2010

    " I've read this five times over the past few years. Love it. Beautiful expression of a life lived in love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 3/9/2010

    " My mind is not ready to think completely in this way. I love Byron Katies work as a rule but this was beyond me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martina | 10/4/2009

    " Zero stars is probably more appropriate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 8/10/2009

    " Absolutely mind-opening!!!
    I recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 7/12/2009

    " I ended up skimming over the chapters...great that she overcame her depression, but this wasn't "the way" for me. "

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About the Author
Author Byron Katie

Byron Katie, a speaker and author of nine books, discovered self-inquiry in 1986 and developed her remarkable method for finding happiness and freedom, called The Work. She has been traveling around the world for more than a dozen years teaching The Work directly to hundreds of thousands of people. In addition, she has introduced The Work into business settings, universities, schools, churches, prisons, and hospitals.

About the Narrator

Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Gospel according to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.