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About the Author

Daniel Helminiak was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome, earned a PhD in theology at Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School, taught at the graduate Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, earned a PhD in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently an Associate Professor of at the University of West Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155583860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838607
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Raymond D. Fortune on October 16, 2007
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"The Transcended Christian" is one of the most important books I've read. It gives me a new sense of what church really means, a new perspective in the way I approach old beliefs, and a hope for the church and the world tomorrow.The two distinguishing characteristics of the book are honesty and clarity. The honesty is brutal and necessary. The clarity is total and all-pervading. Several quotes from Helminiak himself illustrate this."Spirituality has less to do with church and prayer and more to do with daily living.""Whether God is Trinity or not, the world still goes on and we are left to live in it.""Whether Jesus was truly God or not, we still need to live virtuous lives, and Jesus still provides a powerful example."As a lover of rich liturgy, I appreciate that Helminiak is not telling us to stop singing the hymns we know and love. But he is telling us to be aware of the liturgy of daily living. When we are conscious that the Heavenly Bread is on the altar and also in the pews in us and among us and our neighbors, we must get on with our daily lives, using this spiritual truth to love and respect believer and non-believer alike. Helminiak shows there is a spiritual wisdom that is ever the same ultimately for all religions and for those who do not believe at all. Once we get past the histories, the legends and the mythologies, we can share this wisdom with those who believe like us, differently from us, or not at all.There are many treasures in this book. I was particularly impressed with the profound meaning of "Body of Christ" which Helminiak develops and also with his ideas surrounding the Holy Spirit. I understand that when all is said and done the Holy Mysteries are still holy and still mysteries. But I have a new sense of where I am going with them in this world, here and now. I did not rush through this book, but read it slowly and thoughtfully. It was a beautiful and luminous journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Mcdowell on November 18, 2007
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Daniel Helminiak's book The Transcended Christian was the right book for me at the right time. I have been struggling for years, trying to match faith with reason in Fundamentalist America, and this book did it. It isn't easy being Catholic, liberal, and a scientist; however, Daniel's calm, rational, warm, and earthy presentation of what it means to be a modern Christian, without pompous dogma and medieval magic, has saved my faith. It is an encouraging night light for those of us experiencing a dark night of the soul.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on May 2, 2007
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Author Helminiak, a Roman Catholic priest, a trained theologian, biblical scholar and experienced preacher addresses the current spiritual challenge facing millions of clergy and believers: how can we stay rooted in our Christianity and also grow beyond it?

Immensely readable, thought-provoking, brave and HOPEFUL!

A must read for Christians facing the challenge of authentic living in this time of spiritual crisis. I plan to refer to my copy often!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacobite on July 22, 2013
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a "bible" for mature christians, who used to see as thru a glass darkly, but now see clearly and honestly, putting away childish things in favor of an adult, reflective conception of their relationship to their maker. Just because institutional, organised religion has let us down doesn't mean we can't profit from a more direct, personal, unmediated relation to the spiritual. Helminiak has already trod that path and shares his wisdom and insights with you, his Virgil to your Dante.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bradley A. Leger on January 29, 2008
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Once again, Daniel has once again boldly told the story which needs to be proclaimed from the housetops. For anyone who wishes to embark on a serious journey of Christian faith maturity, this is a must-read, along with his other wonderful book (which has saved the lives of many), What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. In this latest book, he unflinchingly states what has been on the minds of many sincere Catholic (and other) Christians who love the Church but wish to go deeper into the true message of Jesus, without the unnecessary layers of tired, outdated dogma with which the institutional church has burdened the Faithful. This book, as with his other writings, can certainly help one in the journey of, as he writes, "Achieving deep spiritual peace, knowng the mind of Christ, arriving at psychological and Christian maturity . . . ." In other words, he challenges all of us to "grow up!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stalder on March 27, 2008
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As a Catholic with nineteen years of formal Catholic education and one who has worked extensively within the church, I found this book to be inspiring, encouraging and deeply moving. Daniel gives voice to my own experience of God and life. His insights are at once affirming and challenging. The Transcended Christian is a book that begs to be shared and would make a terrific basis for a discussion group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By k wilson on July 9, 2013
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The Transcended Christian is a must- read for those of us who have chosen to lead a life of a virtues person and a good human being. I read its 2007 edition and it truly touched my heart. I am glad that the book is now being available in this new form. I hope that the electronic version of the book will bring to life the well researched information and useful insights for the new generation of readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Keaveney on September 7, 2007
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This is another great book by a terrific author. Daniel Helminiak has tackled life and its meaning from every angle and come up with wonderful insights and perceptions. After reading The Transcended Christian I felt enlightened, uplifted, and challenged. I recommend the book to anyone whose spirit is hungry for greater fulfillment.
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