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Flunking Sainthood by Jana Riess
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really liked it
bookshelves: christianity, mormon

This is really a 3.5 star book, but I admire Jana Riess, so I gave her another half star for that. It turns out that I enjoyed the idea of the book more than the actual book, so maybe this is just a case of having too high of expectations. One thing that surprised me is that the book is almost entirely focused on Christian spiritual practices, when from the title I had expected a more ecumenical approach. Still, there's quite a bit of diversity in Christianity, and I was unfamiliar with several of the approaches she tried, so I learned a lot. My favorite thing was that along with the different spiritual practices, she read writings by the Christian authors (some going back to the early centuries before Christ, and others more modern) who championed those practices. I felt like by the end of the book I had a better understanding of the diversity of Christianity through the ages. As far as the author's goal of incorporating a different spiritual practice each month, the whole thing seemed a little flippant.

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Reading Progress

January 22, 2013 – Started Reading
January 22, 2013 – Shelved
January 27, 2013 – Shelved as: christianity
January 27, 2013 – Shelved as: mormon
February 1, 2013 – Finished Reading

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