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Thank You, Flunking Sainthood Readers!

posted by Jana Riess

OK, I admit it. I have a Google Alert on the title Flunking Sainthood, so that the search engine lets me know when there are new reviews or discussions about the book. In the last few weeks it has been […]

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Writing Retreat

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I’m bringing my computer, but the place where I am going doesn’t have email access, which is one of the reasons I love it. So if you are […]

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Why Do We Do Spiritual Practices?

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve been editing a superb book recently by Lynne Baab on spiritual practices. (Called Joy Together, it’ll be out in the fall.) After exploring what congregations and churches can do to grow with God together by trying contemplative prayer, Sabbath-keeping, […]

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“Flunking Sainthood” on NPR This Morning

posted by Jana Riess

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be interviewed live today on Michel Martin’s NPR show “Tell Me More” at 11:20 a.m. This is all thanks to Kelly Hughes, the best book publicist ever. (She even flies around in […]

A More Spiritual 2012: Failing Forward with God

posted by Jana Riess

Happy New Year, friends. This year on my blog (which, BTW, is moving locations! More on that soon), I’ll be talking at least once a week about spiritual practices and how/whether to implement them. Why do we pray, give to […]

What the Christian Century’s Top Stories of the Year Say about Protestant Anxiety

posted by Jana Riess

I just found out that my autumn Christian Century story on “The Mormon Moment” was the magazine’s second-most popular article of 2011. But this isn’t because the article was particularly well-written or insightful; it wasn’t. I tried to do too […]

Thoughts on sainthood with a Lower-Case S

posted by Jana Riess

No grand cohesive post today, just a couple of musings on what it means to be a saint. What I’ve found through researching (read: screwing up) and writing Flunking Sainthood is that many people (read: my friends and I) have […]

Bonhoeffer, Week 3: “Your Redemption Is Drawing Near” in Advent

posted by Jana Riess

In Week 3 of Advent, our Wednesday devotion from Bonhoeffer brings ever closer the question of redemption: what does it mean for us? Clearly, we’re looking for “something different from the anxious, petty, depressed, feeble Christian spirit that we see […]

CFP for New Book on Joss Whedon and Theology!

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, over at Theofantastique is a CFP for a proposed volume on Joss Whedon & theology: CALL FOR PAPERS Joss Whedon and Theology The works of Joss Whedon — from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and […]

Bonhoeffer, Week 2: The “Wonder of All Wonders” in Advent

posted by Jana Riess

This is our second week of Advent Wednesday devotions from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas.  Today’s theme is how God makes himself meek and lowly in order to be with us. Why can’t […]

Flunking Deadlines, Setting Limits

posted by Jana Riess

Someone told me recently, “I don’t know how you do it all.” I’ve heard this before and it’s nice that I fooled that person, but here is the truth: I am going a bit barmy with overcommitment. This weekend I […]

Cincinnati Booksigning Tomorrow

posted by Jana Riess

Just a quick post at the end of an incredibly busy day. Whew! I will be signing copies of Flunking Sainthood tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Bookshelf shop on Camargo Road. It’s in the Madeira neighborhood of […]

25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Plus A Few More They Forgot.

posted by Jana Riess

I have a soft spot for guides like 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, which has been reviewed by multiple bloggers recently as part of the Patheos Book Club Roundtable. I tend to like books that direct me to other […]

Bonhoeffer, Week 1: “Christ Is Standing at the Door” in Advent

posted by Jana Riess

As I did last year, I’m going to spend Wednesdays during Advent posting snippets from a devotional I compiled from some of the writings and sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Today, he preaches about the challenges of waiting for Jesus . […]

A Joel Osteen Reality Show . . . Seriously?

posted by Jana Riess

Today on Twitter a notice flashed by about a Joel Osteen reality show, and I thought it was a joke. It’s actually not. Or if it is, it’s not intended to be. Entertainment Weekly reports that Osteen, who pastors a […]

“Flunking Sainthood” on Sale for $2 for 2 Days

posted by Jana Riess

Attention Bookmart shoppers. Just wanted to let you know that the Kindle and Nook editions of Flunking Sainthood are on sale right now for $1.99! This expires on Wednesday, so act soon if you’ve been interested in purchasing a copy […]

iThanksgiving

posted by Jana Riess

Today is the first major holiday of my life that I will spend entirely alone. The good news is that I have plenty of fine books to read, and the house is warm and peaceful. The bad news is that […]

Book Giveaway of “Flunking Sainthood”

posted by Jana Riess

This week on Margaret Feinberg’s blog, she will be giving away three copies of Flunking Sainthood! Her question: How do you relate to being a “flunky” of sainthood? Her three favorite responses will win a free copy of the book. […]

Flunking Contemplative Prayer . . . Where Was Richard Foster When I Needed Him?

posted by Jana Riess

I got an F in Centering Prayer. I truly thought I would love that particular spiritual practice. I enjoy—even crave—silence as a part of every day. Also, I liked the notion of a deep prayer that would transcend the checklists […]

Buffy & Religion: Fun with Podcasts!

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve recently had the privilege of being interviewed for John Morehead’s TheoFantastique podcast, which explores the intersection of sci fi/fantasy and religion. We had a great conversation over Skype about Buffy, Buddhism, postmodern cafeteria religion, and the commodification of the […]

Mormon Women Advance through Retreating

posted by Jana Riess

I’m coming off a weekend high: a fabulous New Hampshire retreat with my peeps, an opportunity to try out scenes from my forthcoming book Flunking Sainthood on a new audience, and a chance to hang out with three of my […]

Burying Dad

posted by Jana Riess

Tomorrow, I am burying my father’s ashes in a little cemetery in southern Illinois, where he can be laid to rest near his parents. It’s an odd kind of closure. Some of you know that my father crashed back into […]

Al Hsu Says God Is an Editor. Love This.

posted by Jana Riess

“An editor has an eschatological hopefulness that in the end a manuscript can become much more than it presently is; that it can find fulfillment and fruition in new and unexpected ways.” –Al Hsu Al Hsu (pronounced “shee”) is an […]

Social Media “Friending” as a Spiritual Practice? A Q&A with Lynne Baab

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve been a fan of Lynne Baab‘s writing since I read her book on fasting a few years ago. I draw from it in the fasting chapter of Flunking Sainthood and highly recommend it. Now, I also have the pleasure […]

Where Is God in Chronic Illness?

posted by Jana Riess

As we continue with our Thursday Spirituality series for May, we draw from what I thought was one of the most powerful essays in Allan Cole’s anthology A Spiritual Life. I had not heard of Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher before, but […]

Lauren Winner on Why She Is A Christian

posted by Jana Riess

As we continue our Thursday Spirituality series for the month of May, we draw another excerpt from Allan Cole’s newly published book A Spiritual Life. This comes from my friend Lauren Winner, who is asked all the time why she […]

Novelist Gail Godwin on Writing as Prayer

posted by Jana Riess

On this, our National Day of Prayer, it seems fitting to kick off our Thursday series for the month of May. Each week, I’ll be featuring a short excerpt from Allan Cole‘s book A Spiritual Life, which is a new […]

What Inspires You?

posted by Jana Riess

Yesterday my husband and I woke up early to partake in an annual tradition: cheering on the runners and walkers in Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon. We got to the race in time to catch the latter half of the first […]

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Thank You, Flunking Sainthood Readers!
OK, I admit it. I have a Google Alert on the title Flunking Sainthood, so that the search engine lets me know when there are new reviews or discussions about the book. In the last few weeks it has been exciting -- and humbling -- to see the many different kinds of people who are reading and talking

posted 12:41:10pm Jan. 25, 2012 | read full post »

NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
"First Mitt won Iowa, then he lost Iowa? That's a classic Romney flip-flop." --Stephen Colbert     Working with the theory that there hasn't been nearly enough attention to Mormonism and politics this year, what with it being in the news every single day and all, Randy Balmer and I

posted 11:09:19am Jan. 23, 2012 | read full post »

Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, but the place where I am going doesn't have email access

posted 8:47:20pm Jan. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Fun with the Book of Lamentations
Actually, no. That title was just a teaser. There really aren't any fun moments in the Book of

posted 11:33:13am Jan. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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