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Number of Pages: 290
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.50 (inches)|
Daily Feast: Meditations from Feasting on the Word, Year AKathleen Long Bostrom, Elizabeth F. Caldwell, Jana RiessWestminster John Knox Press / 2013 / Other$16.99 Retail:
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Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My NeighborJana RiessParaclete Press / 2011 / Trade Paperback$12.49 Retail:3 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, Revised & UpdatedRichard RohrCrossroad / 2003 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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Walking with Saint John Paul II: 30 Days with a Great Spiritual LeaderGwen CostelloTwenty-Third Publications / 2014 / Trade Paperback$1.95
-Sharon Garlough Brown, author of Sensible Shoes
"This devotional will stimulate your brain, companion your soul, and inspire you."
-Lauren F. Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Still
"In addition to being a sagely writer, Jana is an avid quote collector. Here are 365 gems, full of mojo in insight for normal folks like us, along with a simple challenge to make each day a wonderful experience of falling forward."
-Brian D. McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking
"Refreshingly realistic about our human imperfections and heartily confident of grace."
-Marjorie Thompson, author of Soul Feast
"Jana is a thoughtful, wise, and compassionate guide to the life of the spirit, and this book will be a daily gift to all of us who are flunking sainthoodbut hope to raise our GPA."
-Greg Garrett, author of The Other Jesus
"Relax, spiritual slackers. Somebody else has done all the reading. Now you have a book of poetic inspiration, Bible verses, current bestsellers and ancient thinkers, one for each day. Skip a day? No guilt. Dont understand? Youll catch up. Whats the point? Try doing it, anyway. Seriously? Hilariously."
-Lillian Daniel, author of When "Spiritual But Not Religious" Is Not Enough
Relaxing and Flunking Sainthood
In Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Daily Devotional for the Rest of Us, author Jana Riess compiles spiritual writing across centuries to create a guide to 12 spiritual practices.
In case you didnt get it from the title, Riesss introduction makes clear that perfection is not the goal of this follow-up to her memoir, Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor:
Each days devotion features a question for reflection, a prayer, or a short action item to help you integrate the monthly theme into your life. These action items are not intended to be guilt-inducing; please dont berate yourself if you only do some of them.
Why you might want to buy Flunking Sainthood Every Day:
If one of your New Years resolutions is to do more spiritual reading, you can get a daily fix in this one little volume and read excerpts from well over 250 writers.
Riess deftly manages the difficult task of weaving writings ancient, modern, and everything in between along with her own. She adds a short scripture to boot.
The bulk of the book is the excerpts from writers from Henry David Thoreau to Phyllis Tickle, from St. Ignatius of Loyola to Frederick Buechner. There are poems and hymns mixed in with the prose.
Riess lets the authors do their work. Her comments serve to connect them with the spiritual practice she is focusing on that month. She even includes writers whose experiences do not reflect her own, says so, and leaves readers to their own conclusions.
She also eases readers in to the 12 spiritual practices fasting, daily work, lectio divina, simplicity, centering prayer, the Jesus prayer, Sabbath, gratitude, hospitality, compassionate eating and creation care, fixed-hour prayer, and generosity. Centering prayer and the Jesus prayer are combined into one month, so January is devoted to the spiritual journey.
The scriptures, readings, and reflections are short. Most are just a paragraph or two. But they are expertly chosen. There is meat here.
Why you might not want to buy Flunking Sainthood Every Day:
If you are not interested in incorporating these specific spiritual practices into your life, the book will still hold value, but not as much. Youd probably be happier with a different devotional.
Despite the title, this book wont let you sit idle, making you feel good. It expects you to work, but acknowledges that sometimes you wont.
The readings on compassionate eating and creation care a subject which interests me were a bit touchy-feely for my taste. That might be enough of a turnoff for you to steer clear.
This is easily one of the best daily devotionals Ive seen. The readings are diverse, but they dont feel scattered. Riess has chosen from the very best material available.
I also like the way the book looks and feels. I dont usually care about that, but when I expect a book to stay on my nightstand for a year, I want it to look good. This is a squarish, chunky book with a bright yellow ribbon to keep your place. Its cheery, too.
That makes me want to pick it up again and again, which is exactly what I want in a daily devotional. Teresa Jackson, News for Shoppers
Relax, spiritual slackers. Somebody else has done all the reading. Now you have a book of poetic inspirations, Bible verses, current bestsellers and ancient thinkers, one for each day. Skip a day? No guilt. Don't understand? You'll catch up....
Jana points to the contentment we seek in having our house in order, free of cobwebs all the time. After quoting from Elizabeth Andrew, Jana writes, "Is it possible for you to find God in the process in creating a welcoming place to live, rather than in some ideal finished product (Yes I read those home decorating magazines too. Darn you, Pinterest!) (70) We strive to have our ducks in a row and our pantries lined perfectly, but we miss the point sometimes that its the people who make the home and not the order. Yet, I will admit that to get the house in order helps us all with our anxious feelings.
In looking at the Sabbath, Jana quotes from Andy Crouch who writes, "Busy, restless, Sabbath-less people are idolaters…Without remembering the Sabbath, we cease to remember the Creator God who made the world and called it good; we cease to remember the one who brought us out of Egypt; we cease to remember the Eighth Day when God defeated Death" (155-156, from Playing God). Not attempting to fill the time means breaking from media, from even spiritual practices if these cause us unrest, because the Sabbath is designed to refuel our batteries, to focus our hearts on Gods good gifts and creation.
Overall, I think this devotional is wonderful in that it challenges us to see the world God made differently, not about rules or hoops to jump through, but infused with Gods grace. Secondly, this book was unique in that it came with selections from a broad range of authors from church fathers, modern evangelicals, progressive thinkers, priests, and Quakers, etc. Everyone will find some wisdom here but also a refreshing voice. Spencer Cummins
And these aren't your everyday inspirers, the usual host of holy thinkers. Here, you'll find the likes of Marmee from Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" or A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh." You'll find Annie Dillard at her literary best, and St. Augustine of Hippo, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Merton, for a sweep through the centuries. Kathleen Norris and Desmond Tutu are among the enlightened. The index at the back of the book will help you put your finger on thinkers from Angelou, Maya, to Singer, Isaac Bashevis.
It's a book of daily readings centered on 12 spiritual practices Jana Riess explored in her wry and deeply humble 2011 memoir, "Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor." Riess made it abundantly clear back then that trying and failing is more or less the whole point. And in her latest work, she offers day-by-day "courage to laugh at our shortcomings as we pick ourselves up to try, once again, to inch just a little closer to God."
While it's written with an eye and an ear to Christianity, this is a book that transcends denominations. Barbara Mahany