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12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me) Paperback – March 1, 2000
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WE HAVE MET THE PHARISEES, AND THEY ARE...US. THAT'S BECAUSE WE ARE ALL SLAVES to self-righteousness and judgmentalism. It's built into human nature. We set "the standard" -- the list of do's and don'ts -- to which others must adhere. Then we associate this predetermined behavior with righteousness and declare, "A 'Christian' wouldn't do that".
In this book, John Fischer points out that Jesus defined the truth in such a way as to leave no one righteous -- not one. We cannot be made right before God by being "better" than anyone else. Instead, by recognizing and laying aside the Pharisee in all of us, we can embrace the grace, gratitude, and joy of the spirit-filled life.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you struggle with Pharasaism, which puts you among the great Christian majority, don't miss this book. It's like looking into a mirror (at least it was for me), and it uses a somewhat tongue-in-cheek 12-step model for recovery from this spiritually deadly disease. When we realize that we truly are sinners, both pre- and post-conversion, and that the only way we can make it is by the grace and mercy of God, we will be quicker to show grace and mercy to others, and we will come a lot closer to rid ourselves of the judgementalism that keeps us looking down on those we deem spiritually inferior to ourselves. Another great book, like several I have read lately, that is hard to find at your local Christian bookstore unless you are looking for it. In fact, with the lack of the hype that is enjoyed by such bland offerings as the "Left Behind" series, you might not know this book even exists. Well, if you are reading this review, now you do. So order a copy today!
This is not your run-of-the mill Christian "How To" book. In fact, it is the complete opposite since the basic thrust of Fischer's words is that we should not be seeking perfection, (since it can't be obtained anyway). We can't change ourselves -- or others. Only Christ can.
If you like the style of Philip Yancey and C.S. Lewis, you'll love the way John Fischer writes.
Cleverly using the steps of AA, but changing it to fit a new context, makes for fascinating reading. This isn't a how-to book. This is a thought-provoking look into the mirror. Healing and recovery begins by admitting: "I'm a Pharisee, please help."
This book is a welcome addition to Fischer's collection of challenging and thought-provoking books.
"Hi, i'm Francois, i'm a recovering Pharisee."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Fischer never disappoints me. I loved his music and his writing even more. Thanks for this challenging perspective on the Pharisee in all of us.Published 1 month ago by Karl Ingersoll
Very good but the subtle undercurrent is that even the author with the writing of this book joins the Pharisees, not that he wouldn't admit this. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John S. Igers
Being a former practicing pharisee myself, I truly do love this book. It's a difficult thing to admit your a pharisee, but when you cross that mental plain. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jose Angel De Leon
This book was recommended by a friend.
Yes, it has met my expectations...and beyond!
Thanks for its availability!