Item description for St. Joseph, My Real Estate Agent: Patron Saint of Home Life and Home Selling by Stephen J. Binz...
Overview Hundreds of thousands of people, including the author, have sold their homes under the patronage of St. Joseph, whose intercession they sought after burying his statue in their yard. The author takes a personal, humorous, light, and loving look at Joseph, depicting his life as a husband and father, home-builder, and carpenter. He shows that the popular statue-burying practice is not a superstition, but part of a prayerful devotion. He also provides prayer services for selling a house and blessing a new home.
Publishers Description Hundreds of thousands of people, including the author, have sold their homes under the patronage of St. Joseph, whose intercession they sought after burying his statue in their yard. The author takes a personal, humorous, light, and loving look at Joseph, depicting his life as a husband and father, homebuilder, and carpenter. He shows that the popular statue-burying practice is not a superstition, but part of a prayerful devotion. He also provides prayer services for selling a house and blessing a new home. A Servant Book. Also available packaged together with an attractive St. Joseph statuette. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
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Studio: Servant Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.74" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 1569553610 ISBN13 9781569553619
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More About Stephen J. Binz
Stephen J. Binz is an award-winning author of over 40 books, biblical scholar, popular speaker, and psychotherapist. His many books include the new series Ancient-Future Bible Study (Brazos Press), Lectio Divina Bible Study (OSV), Threshold Bible Study (Twenty-Third), and Conversing with God in Scripture series (Word Among Us). Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for over two decades and has offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages to biblical lands. Binz speaks frequently at churches and national conferences in the area of biblical studies, Christian spirituality, and psycho-social personal development. He is a L.C.S.W. and holds an S.S.L. in biblical studies. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You may see his speaking topics and publications and contact him at Bridge-B.com.
Stephen J. Binz currently resides in Little Rock. Stephen J. Binz was born in 1955.
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Reviews - What do customers think about St. Joseph, My Real Estate Agent: Patron Saint of Home Life and Home Selling?
St.Joseph My Real Estate Agent Aug 10, 2008
Cute and Fun book that puts a NEW perspective on Selling YOUR home. This book will take the home selling blues aways and give you hope in todays market.
St. Joseph, My Real Estate Agent: Patron Saint of Home Life and House Selling Mar 23, 2007
The book was recommended by a friend not only for the ceremony for the burial of the statue to help sell the house, but gave a wonderful biblical bacground on St. Joseph. Shows how St. Joseph was always faithful in following the word of God and his place in his community particularly the religious community. A great role model for family life.
St. Joseph de-mystified Jun 15, 2006
I was very pleased with the content of this book. I was not reading it to learn an "Idiot's Guide" to St. Joseph. I was interested in knowing the background on this practice, and I found this book to be a thoughtful and respectful approach. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the practice and its history.
A Disappointing Introduction to St Joseph Feb 9, 2004
How can the author get away with proclaiming St Joseph to be 5 times more popular than Our Lady? (Or as he puts it, he "outsells" her -see p.109) No way!
You know, I was hoping for great things, and was encouraged by the cute hype and slick sales pitch of front and back covers. So I read this book in one sitting this evening. Here I sit, let-down and not a little annoyed.
The author mixes pious enthusiasm and "everyday life in Nazareth ..." with an easy, entertaining style. The book's idea is to be fun, informative and inspirational. But the fun is at the expense of the information, so the inspiration just doesn't happen. It's what the author doesn't say that got on my nerves, even more than the misplaced glibness of his humour.
As you read this book here are 5 points to ponder: (1) Jesus: Is Jesus presented to me as "God the Son" in the text at all? What of the Blessed Trinity, for that matter? (I got the impression I was being presented with a re-hash of the ages old error that Jesus only gradually learnt of his own Messianic dignity). (2) Mary: Why is Our Lady's perpetual virginity (& St Joseph's) not mentioned? It appears the author overlooks a significant role of "Her Most Chaste Spouse". (3) Angels: The angels come in for some seemingly light-hearted flak. But is it light hearted really? Is the role of angels presented fairly, truthfully, and does the author's approach encourage any respect, admiration or understanding of angels? Does he offer even begrudging affection for angels? (4) The Church: What of the Church, that Christ founded on Peter, and which has St Joseph as her patron? Is her history such that today St Joseph is popular despite her best efforts, as the author suggests? How are her rituals and sacraments presented? (hint: hardly at all, and then very badly!!) (5) Prayer: If the prayers & blessings section appended after the book appears a bit home-made, that's because it includes poor adaptations of centuries old Catholic prayers and house blessings.