12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)

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Baker Books, Mar 1, 2000 - Religion - 172 pages
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Who Are We to Judge?

We have met the Pharisees, and they are...us. That's because we are all slaves to self-righteousness and judgmentalism. It's built into human nature. We set "the standard"--the list of do's and don'ts--to which others must adhere. Then we associate this predetermined behavior with righteousness and declare, "A 'Christian' wouldn't do that."

In this book, John Fischer points out that Jesus defined the truth in such a way as to leave no one righteous--not one. We cannot be made right before God by being "better" than anyone else. Instead, by recognizing and laying aside the Pharisee in all of us, we can embrace the grace, gratitude, and joy of the spirit-filled life.

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User Review  - Betty Gregurek - Christianbook.com

An awesome book that helps Christians to see ourselves as we really are. Helps put our attitudes into proper perspective. A copy of the book is being circulated in my SS class now. Read full review

User Review  - Joan Simons - Christianbook.com

This is an excellent book for a group study. We are using it in our adult sunday school class. The book is opening up an honesty which is both threatening for some and liberating for others. We ordered 20 and will need more. It is "feeding the hungry." Read full review


We admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is
Have come to believe that our means of obtaining
Realize that we detest mercy being given to those who
Will cease all attempts to apply teaching and rebuke
Are ready to have God remove all these defects
Embrace the belief that we are and will always
Are looking closely at the lives of famous men
Choose to rid ourselves of any attitude that is
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these
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About the author (2000)

John Fischer has been mixing his unique combination of singing, speaking, and humor for a variety of audiences for over thirty years. His multifaceted talents of song writing, speaking, singing, and writing reflect the many avenues by which John carries on a spiritual dialogue with real life and real people.

John's books present a thought-provoking challenge to the Christian Church today, encouraging believers to pull the true essence of their faith from the trappings of the contemporary Christian subculture. John's debut into fiction, Saint Ben, received a Silver Angel award for fiction.

His other fiction books include Saint Ben, Saint's and Angel's Song, and Ashes on the Wind. Since l980, he has contributed a column to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine.

A graduate of Wheaton College, John and his family now live in California.

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