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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764222023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764222023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Fischer has been mixing his unique combination of singing, speaking, and humor for a variety of audiences for over thirty years. His multifaceted talents of song writing, speaking, singing, and writing reflect the many avenues by which John carries on a spiritual dialogue with real life and real people.



John's books present a thought-provoking challenge to the Christian Church today, encouraging believers to pull the true essence of their faith from the trappings of the contemporary Christian subculture. John's debut into fiction, Saint Ben, received a Silver Angel award for fiction.



His other fiction books include Saint Ben, Saint's and Angel's Song, and Ashes on the Wind. Since l980, he has contributed a column to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine.



A graduate of Wheaton College, John and his family now live in California.

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John Fischer is senior writer for PurposeDrivenLife.com, specializing in a daily devotional that reaches an audience of over 230,000 people five times a week. John's career spans over 30 years, first as a singer/songwriter, recording artist, and pioneer of Jesus Music, then as a best-selling author, and currently as a nationally popular speaker at conferences, retreats, churches, and colleges/universities. John's body of work includes 12 albums, 15 books, and numerous articles for a variety of publications. His early songs, such as "Love Him in the Morning" ("All Day Song") and "Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?" have become standard youth and camp favorites. His books include the best-selling "Real Christians Don't[crossed out] Dance" and his popular novel "Saint Ben." For over 23 years, he was a clarion call for the growing Christian music industry from his regular award-winning monthly column in "CCM" (Contemporary Christian Music) magazine. In addition to his writing with PurposeDrivenLife.com, John also writes for Chuck Colson's Breakpoint.org and is a regular columnist in "Relevant" magazine. "Confessions of a Caffeinated Christian" is John's first book with Tyndale House Publishers. John graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1969. He studied the ministry under the leadership of the late Ray C. Stedman at Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, California, during the 1970s, and has served as artist in residence at Gordon College, Seattle Pacific University, and Baylor University. He now resides with his wife, Marti, and their son, Chandler, in Laguna Beach, California. They also have two adult children, Christopher and Anne. For more information, visit John's Web site at www.fischtank.com.

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We need Fischer's message if we are to be EFFECTIVE at what Jesus has called us to do.
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I WAS going to say that it had just ONE problem, those who most need to read it are least likely to do so.
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If you like the style of Philip Yancey and C.S. Lewis, you'll love the way John Fischer writes.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hinkle on April 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
The single greatest pleasure of a Pharisee is to judge other people. A Pharisee devises rules that make himself look better than others, while others are unaware of what the rules are, and wouldn't care if they did know. The Pharisee makes righteousness attainable by good works that only a select few are able to accomplish. Pharisees forget that Jesus blew that whole concept out of the water by making observation of the Law totally unattainable, thereby opening the door for all by grace, a concept the Pharisee thinks is unfair.
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!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By dave mccarty on August 29, 2000
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We modern-day Pharisees won't buy books that tell us we're worse than we think. In this case, I hope I'm wrong. In fact, I'm adding the book to my prayer list, to pray for its success. We evangelicals believe our righteousness BEFORE regeneration was filthy rags, but that our righteousness SINCE becoming a Christian, is not too bad. It's ALL dung. There's nothing that any of us have ever done simply and ONLY because we love Jesus. The more we understand how rotten we are NOW, the more precious Jesus is to us NOW. He who has been forgiven little, loves little. The watching world knows only too well what poor lovers-of-others we are, especially of those who are very different from ME. Is it any wonder then, that the Church is so dismissed today? About as effective in reaching the lost as the Pharisees were in their day. We need Fischer's message if we are to be EFFECTIVE at what Jesus has called us to do.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Miller on May 31, 2000
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I have not been this excited about a book in a long, long time. And it couldn't have come at a better time for the Body of Christ. We are living in an "us vs. them" world. This is the typical Pharisee's philosophy: we are right; they are wrong. John Fischer beautifully explains how antithetical this is to true faith. If we take the time to look closely at our own sin (there isn't enough time!), we will quickly realize that we don't have a judgmental leg to stand on, no fingers with which to point because they are all pointing at ourselves. Then and only then can we receive mercy from the King of Mercy, and then extend that same mercy to others who are wandering about in the darkness of their sin just like we are.
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Perry M. Ball on July 11, 2000
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It's all about Grace. We don't deserve what we get. We must accept it or we will miss it. None of us will be perfect. Unlike the Pharisees who already are. Do we have to remind ourselves, why did Jesus die? I personally wrote to John Fischer and thanked him for pointing me back on that Narrow Road. I veered way off course because of all of the Pharisee mentality that I saw in the church that I use to attend. After reading this book, I feel good again about my relationship with Christ. It's about a relationship (Jesus) and not religion (Pharisee). The best book that I've read written on Grace. I recommend this book to all who are sick of religion. Thanks John Fischer!
If you like the style of Philip Yancey and C.S. Lewis, you'll love the way John Fischer writes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mulder@lantic.co.za on April 3, 2000
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John Fischer is a honest-till-it-hurts kinda writer. He asks the questions no-one else wants to ask or hear. That's why this book is a must read. John helps us to look honestly into the mirror and recognise the 'pharisee'.
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."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Beach on June 26, 2000
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In a day when many Christians are so concerned with the moral state of the world around them, John Fischer provides us a wakeup call: the problem isn't others, it is each of us. He speaks about the dangers of spiritual pride, when we hold others (as well as ourselves) to impossible spiritual and moral standards--and when we condemn those who fail to measure up. The examples Fischer uses range from in-depth examination of biblical stories to the sometimes painful reality of his personal experiences. For this book is, in the end, not about something about which he wishes to convict us; rather, it is about something the Lord has been busy dealing with in the life of John Fischer. As I read, I also saw myself here--recognizing how far I, as a "recovering Pharisee," have come in certain areas, and being humbled to see how little progress I have made in many others. This is a necessary book for today, much in the same urgent vein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer's THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP. It breaks apart our carefully constructed spiritual masks and opens us to the truth about ourselves. And that truth--which is indeed God's perspective on our lives--will set us free. . . .
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