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About You: Fully Human, Fully Alive

ISBN: 978-0-470-48164-6
224 pages
August 2010, Jossey-Bass
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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).

Staub's previous book (The Culturally Savvy Christian) was selected by Kirkus Reviews for their 2007 Religion and Spirituality edition. 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 towards becoming the best version of yourself.

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Preface: Our Shared Story ix

Acknowledgments xiii

I Human Potential and Our Universal Dilemma 1

1 You Are a Masterpiece 3

II Primal Humans: The Collective Memory of the Way We Were 13

2 Created 15

3 In God's Image 29

4 Together 39

5 Our Ancestral Homeland 51

III The Human Problem: Our Devastating Diminishment and Dehumanization 63

6 Fallen, Broken, and Sick unto Death 65

7 Alone in a Hostile Land 81

IV Your Path to Fully Human: The Way to Fully Alive and Fully Human 97

8 Coming to Your Senses 99

9 Returning 107

10 Awaking from the Dead 121

V Progressing to Fully Human: Making All Things New 131

11 The Humanizing Jesus 133

12 Restoring 149

13 Your Design, Your Destiny 165

14 And in the End, a Beginning 177

Afterword: A Creed for the Fully Human 193

Notes 195

The Author 207

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A noted interpreter of faith and culture, Dick Staub is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, and speaker who is fascinated with today's spiritual quest, so often disconnected from organized religion. He is the host of The Kindlings Muse podcast, an intelligent, imaginative, hospitable exploration of ideas, sparked by our shared experiences in art, movies, books, and music (www.TheKindlings.com). He is the author of Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters, The Culturally Savvy Christian (both from Jossey-Bass) and Too Christian, Too Pagan.
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December 08, 2010
ABOUT YOU: Fully Human, Fully Alive

We yearn to be fully alive and fully human, but for many of us this yearning does not translate into actuality. Now in ABOUT YOU: Fully Human, Fully Alive (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; August 2010; $22.95; Cloth; ISBN:  978-0-470-48164-6 award-winning broadcaster, and author, Dick Staub explores the disconnect between our collective memories and the reality of our identity today.

 About You 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 narrow us versus them religious attitudes.  It proposes that Jesus didn't come to make us Christian; Jesus came to make us fully human.  In a day of extreme religious divide,  Staub reminds us that ALL humans possess value  regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, religion or creed.

In a fresh exploration of contemporary culture, and 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 experiencing a full and abundant life now. In practical, down-to-earth, language, ABOUT YOU deals with this concept on three levels:

  • Anthropologically (Our human potential and the dilemma of not reaching it)
  • Theologically (God’s existence and involvement in our human story)
  • Practically (Steps we can take to enjoy a more complete and satisfying life now

Staub's previous book (The Culturally Savvy Christian) was selected by Kirkus Reviews for their 2007 Religion and Spirituality edition. ABOUT YOU will 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 towards becoming the best version of your Self.

About the author:

Dick Staub is a broadcaster, podcaster, commentator (print, radio & TV), author, public speaker, university professor and now, late-in-life a teaching pastor at Orcas Island Community Church (in the San Juan Islands off the Washington coast). Staub writes a bi-weekly, nationally syndicated newspaper/ periodical column for the award-winning Religion News Service. He also appears regularly on TV and radio, most recently on a PBS special on God and Hollywood. His most recent book THE CULTURALLY SAVVY CHRISTIAN was one of only 25 books selected for inclusion by Kirkus Reviews in their 2007 Religion and Spirituality edition. He is the author of Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters (Jossey-Bass) and hosts a podcast (www.The Kindlings Muse") and blogs at www.DickStaub.com

 

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