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How to Be a Sinner

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We call ourselves “sinners” in much of our church life. Yet the sinner identity—when done right—brings peace of mind, a clear conscience, and love for others. Addressing topics like guilt, shame, and self-care, this compassionate guide will help you reflect on your life in surrender to God’s mercy. Written by an internationally recognized professor of Orthodox theology, th ...more
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by St Vladimirs Seminary Pr
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Fr. Ted
Reading it a second time through with a book group.
The book delivers what the title suggests. It is an easy read and may prove helpful to some who are trying to be a practicing Orthodox Christian. The issue being addressed is that there are many connotations that come with the notion of being a sinner, some of them are not healthy, some of them are just wrong. Bouteneff is trying to show the way to keep on the straight and narrow path and not fall off into excessive and abusive pietism nor
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Phillip Stoffregen
In many ways, this is an excellent book. It helps us to look at our identities as sinners in a balanced ways. Some of us have the tendency to ignore our identities as sinners, others of us have the tendency to emphasize our identities as sinners in an unhealthy way (masochism, abuse, etc). This book helps to strike a proper balance between the two, and reminds us to look to Christ for our deliverance from sin and death. Read this book, and pray that God would give you the gift of compunction!
Matthew Hudson
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book about dealing with the penitential language of the Church. While much of it feels introductory, taking a broad scope of things, its a much needed introduction for most of us. It comes from an Eastern Orthodox perspective, but I think it would be of help for any Protestant or Catholic wrestling with this issue.

It is a quick read, well organized and written, and is sensitive to many of the issues that can occur in the context of "sinner" language, especially concerning victims of
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Brian
Great little book on understanding oneself as “a sinner”. Very introductory concepts covered, but in a fresh way for modern ears. The back-cover blurb from Orthodox nun Sr. Vassa Latin sums it up well: “Written accessibly and sincerely, Peter Bouteneff’s little book offers the (post-)modern-day reader many helpful insights on—and practical nudges towards—embracing the Church’s oft-misunderstood language of “sin” and “repentance.”
David
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't care for the writing style generally. Lots of typos. Textbook case of a thoughtful 20-page essay inflated to a repetitive and vague 150. Also printed in sans serif font which is tougher to read. I have seen a number of Bouteneff's lectures online, and always enjoyed them...
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