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About You: Fully Human, Fully Alive



About You: Fully Human, Fully Alive

Dick Staub

ISBN: 978-0-470-90890-7 June 2010 Jossey-Bass 224 Pages


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.

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