Review: 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 NeighborFlunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that made me, literally, laugh our loud. It was thoroughly enjoyable to read, and to journey with the author through her experiment of attempting twelve different spiritual practices across a year.

In doing so, the reader managed to catch glimpses of what each of those spiritual practices involved, both physically and spiritually, and was invited into contemplating whether these individual practices might be something they themselves might find attractive. The author, Jana Reiss, doesn’t hold back from highlighting the difficulties she experienced in attempting those practices, nor does she claim that she was successful in her attempts. In fact, as the title suggests, Reiss believes she failed at each practice she attempted across the year.

The true beauty of Riess’ journey, however, comes in the epilogue – and I won’t spoil it for you.

A highly recommended, fantastically engaging, easily accessible book.

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