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 . . . and the many ways in which we fail to recognize him when he…

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 45,000-member megachurch in Texas, is teaming up with reality television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The…

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 but haven’t done so yet because of weather, gremlins, or a pending apocalypse. Also, if…

Last week at a book conference, I attended an intimate dinner to celebrate the forthcoming publication of my friend Lauren Winner’s memoir Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. At the table, we all introduced ourselves by telling about some of the best things we had read this year. Since everyone there was either a publisher,…

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Jana Riess

Jana Riess is the author of Flunking Sainthood, a 2011 book about failing at twelve different spiritual practices. She is also currently working on The Twible, a three-year Twitter project with humorous daily Bible updates for your amusement (find her on Twitter as @janariess). She has a few silly degrees from swanky schools but was never once able to climb the rope in gym class. Her spiritual director is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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