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Saints are not supermen or superwomen, people with some extra spiritual oomph that the rest of us lack. The life of a saint is simply one that is fully oriented toward God, and this life is attainable for everyone. In How to Become a Saint, Jack Bernard explains that true holiness is not the special calling of a few, but the will of God for all people. In it, he offers vision, encouragement, and practical disciplines for pursuing such a life of faith. Rather than advocating just trying harder to become a better person or simply accepting an "anything goes" attitude of Christian spirituality, Bernard roots his writings in the church, encouraging disciples to pursue holiness within a community of believers instead of a "me and God" view of personal spirituality. With a pastoral heart and the wisdom that comes from persevering through many years of spiritual struggle, Jack Bernard seeks to bring hope to serious disciples that sainthood is not only possible but is God's desire and intention for all believers.
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Studio: Brazos Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 1587431998 ISBN13 9781587431999
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Become a Saint: A Beginner's Guide?
Highly Recommended! Sep 28, 2008
I truly appreciated this book, I thought it was practical and thorough. I liked particularly his words on perseverance, prayer and discernment. I thought his focus on the church rather than the individual was wonderful. Worth a read for anyone who is seeking to become more authentic in their Christian faith. This book was not prescriptive, rather encouraging and challenging.
very pleased Jan 14, 2008
i am enjoying this read thanks for the speedy delivery & a book in new condition
Shift in thinking Oct 25, 2007
This book is not a "how to" or "10 Easy Steps" on being a saint. It is a thoughtful re-definition of what it means to be a serious follower of Jesus in a world that likes to compartamentalize the Christian faith into something you do only on a Sunday morning (hmmmm, some Christians think like that too!?). The author talks about some basic steps that we all need to practice and yet he takes it beyond that ----wanting the reader to embrace a bigger view of what it means to live in light of the love of God.
Highly recommended for dedicated Christians seeking to better understand and embody their faith. Jun 9, 2007
Written by Christian missionary Jack Bernard (1942-2002), How to Become a Saint: A Beginner's Guide is a simple guide for anyone who seeks to become closer to God and Jesus Christ through embarking upon the long road to sainthood. How to Become a Saint denounces the myth that sainthood is an anomaly, only for a few individuals with superhuman religious zeal. Chapters discuss sainthood defined as undividedness toward God; the obedience that comes from faith; the importance of perseverance; true versus false mysticism; and much more. "As a proper grasp of grace leads to obedience, knowing we are predestined leads to determined effort at faithfulness. You are not on your own with the promise of a reward at the end if only you can gut it out. What Jesus said to his first disciples he still says to you 'And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age' (Matt. 28:20)". Highly recommended for dedicated Christians seeking to better understand and embody their faith.