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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. Paperbook, 192 pages.

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    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. Paperbook, 192 pages.


    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 Prayerer, The Jesus Prayer Look! a squirrel!
    July - Unorthodox Sabbath
    August - thanksgiving every day
    September - Benedictine Hospitality
    October - what would Jesus eat?
    November - sevenfive three times a day will I praise you
    December - Generosity
    Epilogue - Practice makes imperfect