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Not Your Average Joe: The Real St. Joseph and the Tools for Real Manhood in the Home, the Church and the World Paperback – July 1, 2005


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  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Lifework Press (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974396249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974396248
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaris Reads on May 19, 2013
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Other reviewers have noted the obvious flaws in Sarkisian's book, so I will only add that the format of the book seems to draw from Teen People--short, journalistic paragraphs, short chapters broken up with photographs and sidebars. Sarkisian has a workman like way with the English language. Were he an elegant stylist, the book's flaws would grate even further.

Each chapter highlights a virtue Saint Joseph exemplifies, and Sarkisian uses anecdotes from his life as a husband, father, and all around decent guy to draw parallels between the foster father of our Lord and our own lives.

What I admire about the book comes from the power of the Saint, himself. In quietly accepting God's will, Saint Joseph inspires us to be better people, and that's what Dr. Sarkisian wants us to understand. St.Joseph's life is something we (included women like me) can emulate. A devotion to St. Joseph instills in us greater humility and greater gratitude.

The book ends with scriptural references to St. Joseph, prayers to St. Joseph, and information on the Oblates of Saint Joseph.

A simple and humble book, it does offer an easily digestible survey of the qualities that St. Joseph brought in to the Holy Family.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. MacGowan on February 17, 2013
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Being a fan of St. Joseph (his is the name I took at confirmation) and interested in male spirituality, I was very excited about this book. I am afraid to say that it was a disappointment.

I am sure Dr. Sarkisian intended to write a clear book about how St. Joseph is a role model for modern men, but this isn't what comes across in this fuzzy book.

First off, this book is intended for married men with children. If you are a single male or married without children, only about 10% applies to you.

It is Sarkisian's intention to use personal incidents to mirror points of theology. The trouble is that the leaps he takes in going from the personal to theological are Olympic record holders. Too often the jump was so much of a stretch that I had re-read the previous paragraph to follow his point.

Some of his theology is incorrect. His statement of why Joseph wanted to quietly dismiss Mary after he discovered she was pregnant goes against the clear chronology in the Bible. Once I detected this obvious flaw, it made me wonder how much work Sarkisian put into the book.

The tone of the book is enough of the popular "let's write as if we are talking to toddlers" voice that it was somewhat irritating.

There is enough material out there to write a solid book about connecting the life and experiences of St. Joseph to modern men. But this isn't it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fredmoh on July 29, 2008
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The cover is better than the book. The cover and title has one think this book is about St. Joseph, not about the author. My mistake and my waste of money.
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