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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470481641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481646
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We yearn to be fully alive and fully human, but the very fact that we yearn for this means it is not an actuality. We want to be more than we are, but are somehow less than we should be. We feel less than fully human, which is another way of saying we have somehow been dehumanized."
from the Preface

In About You, Dick Staub addresses irreligious, religious, spiritual seekers, and all kinds of Christians, and shows us that Jesus came to satisfy our universal longing for a fully human life, not to establish a narrow us-versus-them religion. In short, Jesus didn't come to make us Christian; Jesus came to make us fully human. In a fresh exploration of the ancient Biblical stories of creation, fall, and redemption, Staub explains that salvation is not about going to heaven when we die; it is about a full and abundant life now. In practical, down-to-earth language, About You deals with this concept on three levels: anthropologically (our common story and universal human needs), theologically (God's awareness and response to our needs), and practically (how we can attain and maintain a more complete and satisfying life).

From the author of Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters and The Culturally Savvy Christian, this new book is designed to help those who are seeking a way to integrate both a fully alive spirituality and a fully alive humanity—a way that is embodied in the often-misunderstood life and teaching of Jesus Christ. This groundbreaking book illuminates the path toward becoming the best version of yourself.

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"The human race, in its mass confusion and conflict, asks the existential questions to which there seem to be no solid answers. In the sweep of a mere fourteen chapters, Dick Staub offers us the coherent narrative of the Why of humanity, the How of healing, and the Who of the Creator, giving firm ground for thoughtful questioners to stand on."
Luci Shaw, poet and author, Breath for the Bones, Harvesting Fog

"Broadcaster, writer, lover of all things C.S. Lewis, raconteur par excellence, and great friend, Dick Staub is one of the few people I've met who truly cares about people becoming fully human. He is a faithful and effective guide on the journey to do just that."
Bill Kinnon, Moving Image creator, writer, blogger

"Dick Staub's insight into our present age and our own deep longings lead us on a 'rowdy pilgrimage' to discover the riches that lay within our unique design while pointing us to the fully human life."
Scott & Pam Nolte, theatre artists and co-founders, Taproot Theatre

"Staub's refreshingly honest book doesn't flinch at the reality of our fallenness, but offers fresh insight into a profound mystery: Why does God love us? What is wrong with the current picture of our lives? How can it be painted more beautifully and truly to match the vision of the Artist?"
Bruce Herman, artist and Lothlorien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts, Gordon College


More About the Author

Dick Staub is an engaging, broadly informed listener who consumes a vast amount of information each day and then communicates his observations and insights as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. He enjoys learning about people's ideas and the personal journey that shaped their views. While he is a man of far reaching interests and curiosities, Staub is particularly fascinated with America's creative, ideological and spiritual quest, which today is often unlinked from organized religion. He believes there is a vibrant ongoing conversation about ideas and beliefs going on in today's popular culture through movies, books, theatre and music. Part of his mission is to listen to and facilitate that cultural conversation.

"The Dick Staub Show" first appeared locally in Seattle at King Broadcasting (an NBC affiliate) in 1987 and in 1991 moved to Chicago as a nationally syndicated, afternoon drive, radio talk show. After years of interviewing the shapers of American culture - authors, filmmakers, musicians, trend-watchers, educators, business leaders, theologians, politicians and futurists - Dick Staub is emerging as one of today's most experienced and thoughtful observers of people, beliefs & ideas driving contemporary culture. His award winning signature interviews have resulted in numerous honors including the Cardinal's Award for excellence in broadcasting.

In May 2006 Dick launched the Seattle-based The Kindling's Muse an intelligent, imaginative, hospitable exploration of ideas that matter most in contemporary life as sparked through our personal journeys and through our shared cultural experience in art, movies, books, music and events. Inspired by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien who met weekly in a pub for lively conversation with friends they called 'The Inklings,' The Kindling's Muse features a live audience and round-table of thoughtful creatives and gadflies discussing ideas, beliefs and values shaping life today. The Kindling's Muse originates from a variety of locations in the public square: Hales Ales Brewery & Pub' in the Fremont District, The Windrider Forum/Sundance film festival, Experience Music Project and the CS Lewis Centre. Listen at www.thekindlings.com

Staub has served on the board of North Park University, Martin Marty's ecumenical Public Religion Project and Image Journal (A Journal of Art, Faith & Mystery). He is a frequent conference keynote speaker and has appeared on dozens of college and graduate school campuses in the US and abroad and is also an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University.

Staub graduated cum laud from Simpson University and Gordon-Conwell Seminary and his done additional graduate level coursework at Harvard Divinity School and University of Washington. His academic concentrations include Philosophy, Communications, Religion and Cultural History

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin A. Simpson VINE VOICE on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What does it mean to be human? Not just human, but fully human? And not just fully human, but also fully alive?

Dick Staub takes a shot at these questions. His most recent book, About You: Fully Human, Fully Alive, is a meditation on the mission of Jesus and the ultimate aim of following after him. That mission, according to Staub, is not only to secure one's destiny in heaven after death, or to provide a commissioning to bring as many others as possible to heaven, but to bring us abundance of life. Staub elucidates how through Jesus, one might realize the fullness of one's humanity by moving from death to life, casting vision beyond the immediate hope of redemption for a growing and developing abundance of human flourishing.

I enjoyed reading this book. At times, I grew tired of Staub's anthropocentric approach to his understanding of God's redemptive mission. I agree that God does desire great things for each one of us, in our uniqueness, and has given us the grace to be made new creatively, spiritually, intellectually, communicatively, relationally, and morally. I agree that God gives us a purpose worth pursuing. But the scope of God's salvation reaches beyond and through humanity to the redemption of all things. And as all things are redeemed, ultimately such work is the glorification of the God who brought all these things into being. Our sanctification is not an end in itself, but rather a means through which God is glorified. I doubt Staub would disagree.

This book would be a great read for those either newly on their Christian journey, or deeply considering the claims of Christianity. Staub writes clearly and purposefully, and thus is delightful to read. He is obviously well read, pulling from a wide variety of interesting sources. And he is informed culturally through his many connections and experiences as a radio host, allowing him to ably bridge our world with Christian faith.

Good read. I'd recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendall on November 3, 2010
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There are plenty of books written that think they have THE answers to living a well-lived life, but most fall short or even fail completely...usually by writers who believe that they have the single one answer.They stir the emotions with cute quotes and come off as low-brow motivational speeches written by people who haven't had the respect of the issues to actually grapple, dig and chew over the rich wisdom of those that have gone before them.

"About You" is NOT one of these trite attempts. Staub is not one to tread lightly among the uncomfortable spaces, nor does he whistle past the graveyards. As I read "About You" I kept thinking how, though the subject isn't new, Staub approaches it with a level of intelligence and respect that evokes the very idea of being fully human. In other words, in the process of talking about the subject, he does so in a way that raises the bar, that expects more from the reader than others; that doesn't talk down but treats the reader with all the expectation that they, that you deserve to be fully human.

As for the overall flow of the book, the beginning and ending chapters have the most weight. Though the middle section of the book is a bit slow and seems to be losing its way, push through because it ultimately builds on itself to speak into meat of truths at the end.

I could only hope that people from religious communities would put aside the books that tell them what they want to hear, in order to read books like this that speak to what they NEED to hear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Stevens Jr. on October 23, 2010
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There have been a few books in my life that hold a place of significant impact. 'Grapes of Wrath' being one from the great history of fiction; 'Mere Christianity' another from the great history of writing on God-stuff. 'About You' has joined that list. Although it is not difficult to read, it contains a depth that I could read and ponder over and over again for years to come. C.S. Lewis said something along the lines of great books can be read many times...someone will need to correct me on that quote, but I am close to the truth here.

I will be giving this book to my children, to my extended family and to friends. We are all endowed with great abilities to live and do life-nourishing things; this book confirms and inspires this belief.

It is not about religious mumbo jumbo, it is about being YOU. FULLY YOU. Living out YOUR unique beauty as a man or a woman. Although, Staub writes from a Judeo/Christian bent, I believe anyone regardless of their beliefs would be loved, encouraged, inspired and healed by the words in this book!
Written by- Karin Stevens (Michael's wife)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Martin on September 24, 2010
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I was familiar with Hans Rookmaker's quote, "Jesus didn't come to make us Christian; Jesus came to make us fully human." Interestingly, my first exposure to the saying "The glory of God is man fully alive" was not from reading about St. Irenaeus, but from hearing a great song called "I Just Showed Up to My Own Life" by Sara Groves; she sings it as the chorus. Dick Staub's book title intrigued me, not only because of the subtitle, but because I have a keen interest in what makes me tick, and how I can constantly be improving my life and walk with God. The reason the book works is because Staub makes a compelling case for living a life that's fully human and fully alive. Toward the end, he also recommends a test that identifies your MAP (Motivated Abilities Pattern), or your unique design. I did this exercise about ten years ago and it did change my life, and helped give me the courage to make the leap from 20 years with a multinational company to a creative role with a local agency, doing what I was wired to do. So I'd suggest reading Staub's book first for inspiration, buying the MAP book next (title/authors are in the book and it's available on Amazon), and listening to Sara Groves' song while you work through the exercises.
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