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Jana Reiss

Flunking Sainthood

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.
214 printed pages
Original publication
2011

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