my take: what's not to love about a self-depricating woman? jana riess says in the preface, "I am going to fail at every single practice I undertake in this book." i love her! i fail at so many things, it's refreshing to hear/read that someone else with high ideals gets shot down to reality.
it reminded me a little bit of The Happiness Project where Gretchen Rubin set out to try a new habit or two a month. jana sets out to read spiritual classics and attempt a different spiritual discipline each month.
like Happiness and Geography of Bliss, it's a nice blend of the author's research and experience ... knowledge and stories. a good recipe for non-fiction.
my source: Festival of Faith & Writing ... i sat in on a session where jana was chatting with another author about the philosophy of "buffy the vampire slayer." mmhhmm. really. she's hip and funny and i knew nothing of buffy.
my verdict: good spiritual information & inspiration ... after reading i'd decided to take up a new practice ... and then forgot ...