12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)
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.
Praise for 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me):
"This phosphorescent book surges with magisterial confidence and the authoritative ring of truth because of John Fischerâ¬s courage and raw honesty in laying bare his own hypocrisy."
--Brennan Manning, author of Abba's Child and The Ragamuffin Gospel
"Don't buy a copy of this book. Buy six. John Fischer's paragraphs are loaded pistols, his conclusions dynamite. Few books have the power and insight to change the church. This is one." --Phil Callaway, editor of Servant magazine and author of I Used to Have Answers, Now I Have Kids
"I found myself saying both 'ouch' and 'thanks for grace' as I read this fine book. I warmly commend it. Read it and laugh and weep and be grateful!" --Leighton Ford, president of Leighton Ford Ministries
"With rare insight from hard-won experience, John Fischer has produced an uncommonly useful book for those of us prone to moralism. I recommend it highly." --Randall Balmer, author of Blessed Assurance: A History of Evangelicalism in America