Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

by Jana Reiss

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Overview

This wry memoir tackles twelve different spiritual practices in a quest to become more saintly, including fasting, fixed-hour prayer, the Jesus Prayer, gratitude, Sabbath-keeping, and generosity. Although Reiss begins with great plans for success ("Really, how hard could that be?" she asks blithely at the start of her saint-making year), she finds to her growing humiliation that she is failing - not just at some of the practices, but at every single one. What emerges is a funny yet vulnerable story of the quest for spiritual perfection and the reality of spiritual failure, which turns out to be a valuable practice in and of itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612610337
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 581,567
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jana Riess is the author or editor of nine books, including What Would Buffy Do? Although she is a spiritual failure and was never able to climb the rope in gym class, she has a doctorate from Columbia University and has worked in the publishing indistry for over a decade. She blogs at http://blog.beliefnet.flunkingsainthood/

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Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
PhLiP More than 1 year ago
Easy read and somewhat amusing. Took away a few things to practice myself. Sometimes felt author was being smug but I got past that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well worth a read and the author's honest assessment of her own spiritual journey makes attempting some of these practices seem more possible and relevant to our everyday lives.
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AmeliaNY More than 1 year ago
Maintaining a sense of humor throughout, the author delves into 12 religious practices (one per month) as a personal spiritual journey. Starting with reading about the Saints, she goes on to fasting, seeking God in everyday tasks, meditating on Scripture, limiting shopping, contemplative prayer, keeping Jewish Sabbath, thanksgiving, hospitality, refraining from meat eating, practicing prayer five times a day (Divine Office), and generosity. Although she fails in perfecting any of these practices (as most of us would), still her journey was not in vain. An interesting look at spirituality in our times and culture.
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This is one of the most superficial and self-serving treatments of Christian Spirituality that I have ever read, no wonder it is so popular. The gist of the book is don't adopt a spiritual discipline because they are a waste of time, just be nice to your friends. Helpful tips from the author. Liberial Christians like Epsicopalians pray mindlessly for things like better NPR reception and social justice. Conservative Christians are happier because research shows that people with fewer choices are more content. Throughout the author carefully keeps secret that she is a Morman while taking tradition Christian saints and writer to task for their faults. If you like easy grace and a religion without challenge then this book is for you.