Books

Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional for the Rest of Us

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (December 28, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612614090

In her memoir, Flunking Sainthood, Riess failed twelve different spiritual practices over the course of a year but discovered to her surprise that even the ones she failed most spectacularly taught her something important. In this beautiful daily devotional, readers who want to go deeper into the twelve spiritual practices will find 365 days of guidance arranged according to monthly practices such as gratitude, generosity, prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and hospitality.

Each day includes a short scripture verse, an inspirational reading from a contemporary or classic spiritual thinker, and a brief prayer, reflection, or follow-up action related to the day’s theme. These daily devotions help readers understand that spiritual growth is a lifelong journey without a fixed destination—and that there is great compassion for all of us who are flunking sainthood.

 

 

The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jana Riess (October 26, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989774703

It’s the Bible, now with 68% more humor and 99% fewer begats!

You’ve wanted to read the Bible, but it’s uber-long and, let’s face it, sometimes boring. You’re a busy person with stuff to do. You want the Bible, only funnier.

Enter The Twible, which brings you every chapter as tweeted in 140 characters or less, from Genesis to Revelation!

Find out what the Bible says you’re supposed to do if a friend starts worshiping another god, your child disrespects you in public, or you break the Sabbath. (The answers to those dilemmas are to stone your friend, stone your child, and stone yourself. In that order.) Learn where Paul swears in the New Testament, and why Jeremiah could benefit from antidepressants.

 

 

Daily Feast (Feasting on the Word) Year A

Daily Feast (Feasting on the Word)

  • Leather Bound: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Lea edition (October 28, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664237967

Feasting on the Word has quickly become the most popular lectionary commentary series in use today. This series of daily devotionals draws from the wealth of writing in the commentaries to present inspirational reflections for each day of the lectionary year.

Each day of the week contains Scripture passages for the coming Sunday from the Revised Common Lectionary, excerpts from the commentaries for reflection, a response, and a prayer. Additional material is provided for each Sunday.

These handsome volumes are packaged in a soft leather-like cover with rounded corners, a stamped cover, and a sewn-in ribbon to help you keep your place. Daily Feast is ideal for daily meditation, journaling, teaching, and worship preparation.

 

 

Daily Feast (Feasting on the Word) Year C

Daily Feast (Feasting on the Word)

  • Imitation Leather: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Lea edition (September 13, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664237981

Feasting on the Word has quickly become the most popular lectionary commentary series in use today. Daily Feast is a new series of daily devotionals that draws from the wealth of writing in the commentaries to present inspirational reflections for each day of the lectionary year.

Each day of the week contains Scripture passages for the coming Sunday from the Revised Common Lectionary, excerpts from the commentaries for reflection, a response, and a prayer. Additional material is provided for each Sunday.

These handsome volumes are packaged in a soft leather-like cover with rounded corners, a stamped cover, and a sewn-in ribbon to help you keep your place. Daily Feast is ideal for daily meditation, journaling, teaching, and worship preparation.

 

 

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 Neighbor

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (November 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557256607

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 Riess 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.

 

 

Mormonism For Dummies

Mormonism For Dummies

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 25, 2005)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764571954

Mormon doctrines, rituals, and history, demystified at last!

Mormonism, or the LDS Church, is one of the world’s fastest growing religions. But unless you were raised a Mormon, you probably don’t have a clear picture of LDS beliefs and practices. Covering everything from Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon to tithing and family home evening, this friendly guide will get you up to speed in no time.

Discover:
* How the LDS Church differs from other Christian churches
* What Mormons believe
* What happens in Mormon temples and meetinghouses
* The history of the LDS Church
* LDS debates on race, women, and polygamy

 

American Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Destinations

American Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Destinations

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (June 1, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 1557254478
  • ASIN: B003O86HWU

 

Americans love to travel, many for vacation and pleasure. Others, however, travel to seek a connection with the spiritual in a particular place; they are on pilgrimage. Although America does not have the wealth of ancient and famous spiritual centers that you’ll find in the Holy Land, Europe, or in some other parts of the world, the United States does have vital centers of pilgrimage—with a uniquely American flavor.

In this book, readers will learn the ins and outs of these distinctively American places of spiritual meaning and purpose. Readers will discover everything from a traditional walking pilgrimage to a small adobe chapel in Chimayo, New Mexico, prayers offered at the Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago, jam-packed football stadiums at a Billy Graham Crusade (a pilgrimage that travels to you), Benedictine retreat centers, and other, more uniquely American places such as Graceland and San Juan Capistrano, California. This unique guide explores where, how, and why Americans set out to find the holy in the spiritual landscape that is their own backyard.

 

The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations)

The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations)

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing (July 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594730764

The Book of Mormon stands alongside the Bible as the keystone of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church/Mormonism). Translated by the prophet Joseph Smith from ancient writings inscribed on golden plates, the Book of Mormon is an account of people living in the Western Hemisphere in a timeline that parallels that of the Bible. It covers a thousand years of loss, discovery, war, peace, and spiritual principles that focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ, outlining a plan for salvation and the responsibilities we must assume to attain it.

The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated & Explained explores this sacred epic that is cherished by more than twelve million members of the LDS church as the keystone of their faith. Probing the principal themes and historical foundation of this controversial and provocative narrative, Jana Riess focuses on key selections that offer insight into contemporary Mormon beliefs and scriptural emphases, such as the atonement of Christ, the nature of human freedom, the purpose of baptism, and the need for repentance from sin. She clarifies the religious, political, and historical events that take place in the ancient communities of the Book of Mormon and their underlying contemporary teachings that serve as the framework for spiritual practices that lie at the core of Mormon life.

Now you can experience this foundational sacred text even if you have no previous knowledge of Mormonism. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents the key teachings and essential concepts of the Mormon faith tradition with insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that helps to dispel many of the misconceptions that have surrounded the Book of Mormon since its publication in 1830.

 

What Would Buffy Do: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide

What Would Buffy Do: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 30, 2004)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787969226

 

What Would Buffy Do? explores the fascinating spiritual, religious, and mythological ideas of television’s hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer—from apocalypse and sacrifice to self-reliance, redemption, and the need for humor when fighting our spiritual battles.

 

Boston and New England: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places (Spiritual Traveler)

Boston and New England: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places (Spiritual Traveler)

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HiddenSpring (July 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680083

 

New England’s sacred landscape is dotted with the white steeples of Puritan meetinghouses, the ancient spiritual sites of Native Americans, and the clapboard dwellings of famous poets, preachers, artists and philosophers. The land of covered bridges, village greens and endless stone walls also boasts the country’s oldest synagogue and its very first Baptist church; it was home to Quakers, Shakers, and Transcendentalists, and to the founders of Mormonism and Christian Science. More recently, New England has become truly multireligious, with Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists now living side by side with Christians, Jews and Native Americans.

The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England is a unique guidebook. It introduces hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, meetinghouses, Buddhist meditation centers, Hindu and Sikh temples, as well as retreat centers of all religious traditions. It lists landmarks that rank among America’s oldest and finest works of architecture and contain treasures of spiritual art and history. It describes some of the nation’s most beautiful gardens, parks, cemeteries and other peaceful places, and the natural beauty of New England’s mountains, forests and rocky shores. Introductory chapters recount New England’s spiritual history, offer an overview of its many faith traditions, and explain its sacred architecture.