One of Publishers Weekly‘s Top 100 Books of 2011!
This wry memoir tackles twelve different spiritual practices in a quest to become moresaintly, including fasting, fixed-hour prayer, the Jesus Prayer, gratitude, Sabbath-keeping, and generosity. Although Reiss 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.
Table of Contents
Behind the scenes
January – Choosing practices
February – Fasting in the desert
March – meeting Jesus in the kitchen. . . or not
April – Lectio divination
May – nixing shopertainment
Centering Prayer er, The Jesus Prayer Look! a squirrel!
July – Unorthodox Sabbath
August – thanksgiving every day
September – Benedictine Hospitality
October – what would Jesus eat?
seven five three times a day will I praise you
December – Generosity
Epilogue – Practice makes imperfect