How to Become a Saint: A Beginner's Guide

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Saints are not supermen or superwomen, people with some extra spiritual oomph that the rest of us lack. The life of a saint is simply one that is fully oriented toward God, and this life is attainable for everyone. In How to Become a Saint, Jack Bernard explains that true holiness is not the special calling of a few, but the will of God for all people. In it, he offers vision, encouragement, and practical disciplines for pursuing such a life of faith. Rather than advocating just trying harder to become a better person or simply accepting an "anything goes" attitude of Christian spirituality, Bernard roots his writings in the church, encouraging disciples to pursue holiness within a community of believers instead of a "me and God" view of personal spirituality. With a pastoral heart and the wisdom that comes from persevering through many years of spiritual struggle, Jack Bernard seeks to bring hope to serious disciples that sainthood is not only possible but is God's desire and intention for all believers.

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"Rather than portraying sainthood as the anomaly reserved for superchristians, Bernard brings the calling to be set apart for God before all of us in a simple and mystical invitation. As Jesus was dying on the cross, the veil of the temple was split open, setting all that was sacred free into the world--so Bernard's book mystically makes the road to sainthood accessible to ordinary radicals who long for more of God."--Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution and a founding member of The Simple Way

"Few books breathe the life of holiness like this one. Jack Bernard didn't want Christians simply to recover the concept of holiness; he wanted us to be undivided toward God, to become saints. Rooted in an unflinching commitment to the mission of God through the church, these pages are full of wisdom, full of encouragement, and full of grace. This book is for anyone who has ever tried to be holy, anyone who desires to be holy, and anyone who desires to desire to be holy."--Philip D. Kenneson, author of Life on the Vine

"Thank God for a community like Church of the Sojourners that produced a saint like Jack Bernard who could write a book about the promise of holiness for the whole people of God. This is 'mere Christianity' for 'a new kind of Christian'--essential reading for all of us who long to be the change we seek."--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon

"Jack Bernard is the last person on earth to think of himself as a saint. This is why How to Become a Saint is so refreshing and so instructive. Here is a truly authentic, honest, down-to-earth word on what it means to be wholly undivided toward God. This book is neither a manual nor a manifesto; it is a wellspring of humble, hard-fought wisdom that can be applied by anyone who wants to love God more fully and faithfully."--Charles Moore, editor of Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard and Leo Tolstoy: Essential Spiritual Writings

About the Author:

Jack Bernard was raised in the Episcopal church, became an atheist, converted to Christianity, and eventually became a missionary in Belize with his wife and children. After his return, Bernard acted as regional director of the society now known as Mission to Americas and founded Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco with his wife, Edith, and John and Judy Alexander. He died in 2002.

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