Home > Books > Spiritual Practice > Spiritual Practice General > 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
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

Share With Others
Author:Jana Riess
Price:$16.99
Sale Price:$9.34   You Save 45%
Binding:Paperback
Page Count:192
ISBN 13:9781557256607
Published:November 2011
Rating:

Also Available In:

Quantity:
Availability:In Stock, Usually ships in 2-3 days
Description
Reviews
Editorials
Recently named one of Publishers Weekly's Top 100 Books of 2011!

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.

Table of Contents

Behind the scenes
January - Choosing practices
February - Fasting in the desert
March - meeting Jesus in the kitchen. . . or not
April - Lectio divination
May - nixing shopertainment
June - Centering Prayer er, The Jesus Prayer Look! a squirrel!
July - Unorthodox Sabbath
August - thanksgiving every day
September - Benedictine Hospitality
October - what would Jesus eat?
November - seven five three times a day will I praise you
December - Generosity
Epilogue - Practice makes imperfect

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

It's clear from the start of this sparkling and very funny memoir that Riess means well. But as she readily admits, she's a spiritual failure. She intended to devote an entire year ("a year-long experiment") to mastering 12 different spiritual challenges, including praying at fixed times during the day, exhibiting gratitude, observing the Sabbath, practicing hospitality according to the rules set by St. Benedict, abstaining from eating meat, and amply demonstrating her generosity. But nothing turned out as planned. Rather than being moved by Thérèse of Lisieux's The Story of a Soul, she instead dismisses the saint as a "drama queen." And Reiss is unregenerately practical. The best month to fast, she reasons, is February, at the height of winter; conveniently, it's also the shortest month of the year. Furthermore, at best, she's a "lukewarm vegetarian." Although her spiritual quest falls far short, she can still proffer spiritual lessons. Anyone who has failed to live up to expectations, which means most everyone, will love this book.

Booklist, September 15, 2011


STARRED REVIEW
Punchy humor and unpretentious inquisitiveness combine in this absorbing memoir in which former PW editor Riess (What Would Buffy Do?) commits to both adopting and studying a new religious practice each month for a year, while simultaneously reflecting on her spiritual progress.

Choosing such diverse disciplines as fasting "like a Muslim during Ramadan," exploring lectio divina, observing an Orthodox Jewish Sabbath, practicing Benedictine hospitality, and engaging in the Liturgy of the Hours, the author shares frustrations and insights in a manner likely to amuse and comfort readers, especially those who have attempted such exercises and also found them challenging. For example, Riess's description of her internal dialogue during Centering Prayer, concludes, " ‘Shut the hell up!' yells Spiritual Mind," while her experience of practicing mindfulness, with annoying help from the never sainted Brother Lawrence, leads to a sympathetic observation that he's "an underappreciated housewife." Supporting quotes from saints and writers (St. John Chrysostom, Dorothy Day, Thornton Wilder) pepper the text. The author's declared "failures" make her a sympathetic witness, while such "successes" as her description of how "[g]ratitude practically tackles me," prove genuinely moving. A witty, inspiring read.
- Publishers Weekly

"Flunking Sainthood has to be the most entertaining introduction to spiritual disciplines ever written. If your taste in spiritual discipline runs to hair shirts and beds of nails, you probably won't care for this book. As an honest, funny, irreverent introduction to time-honored Christian practices, however, it can't be beat." - Lavonne Neff

Use PRGratitude and receive a free copy of:

Oceana Pillar Candle - 2.5 x 6Oceana Pillar Candle - 2.5 x 6
Inspired by the sea, our Oceana candles bring a fresh breeze and soothing palette into any room.
Regular price:$12.25
Sale price:$9.19
 
The Paraclete Spiritual Journal (brown)The Paraclete Spiritual Journal (brown)
ISBN:9781557257550
With simple quotations throughout and gorgeous design, this journal will be a treasured spiritual companion.
Regular price:$13.99
Sale price:$7.69
 
His Love Endures Forever: Psalms of Thankfulness and PraiseHis Love Endures Forever: Psalms of Thankfulness and Praise
ISBN:9781557255938
Twenty-one beautiful and uplifting Psalms
Regular price:$18.95
Sale price:$10.42
 

Also Recommended:

Paraclete Press
Paraclete Press is a publisher of essential Christian wisdom. It is our mission to publish books, music and videos which remind us, Never lose hope in the mercy of God.
Sale
Just In!
Free Shipping on orders over $50!
© PARACLETE PRESS 2007 - 2014 | 36 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA 02631
Submission guidelines | Permissions | Links | Site Map | Contact Us
This shopping cart employs the highest industry strength security: 256 bit SSL we accept visa and master card