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About You: Fully Human, Fully Alive Hardcover – August 9, 2010
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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
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"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.
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.
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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