Flunking Sainthood

November 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

Last week, my book group had the honor of being joined by the author of the book we read. As a group, we don’t usually even discuss the book when we get together (at least not for more than 5-10 minutes) but having her join us kept us talking for more than an hour. It probably didn’t hurt that the content was a little weighty too.

Flunking Sainthood by Jana Riess is about one woman’s goal to try 11 different spiritual practices over the course of a year. Due to publisher imposed deadlines, the pace of the book was always frenzied (a.k.a. Ahhhh! Figure out how to hold a Sabbath! Hurry, hurry, hurry!) which wasn’t what I was expecting. But I guess in the end, aren’t we all a little frenzied anyway? It was probably a pretty good representation of what it would actually be like for the average person to adopt a new spiritual practice in today’s world.

I might have been hoping for some deeper insight into how to bring more spirituality into my life– a little more spoon fed spiritual direction, perhaps? That wasn’t what I got with Flunking Sainthood, but I wasn’t disappointed. Jana’s take on her experiences gave me a candid pro/con analysis of applying these practices in real life. It was entertaining (OK, it was hilarious) and relevant.

Alas, it turns out spirituality is too personal to spoon feed. But Jana’s book will give you a good place to start.

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