The Christian Self-Formation

Anthropology of Becoming

Non-Fiction - Education
231 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2020
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Author Biography

I am serving at the faculty of the High School on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I have also earned PhD in 2016. In free time I like to listen to music, reading books, especially inspirational stories related to the human transformation where things are so close to real life. I have written two books and articles on spirituality and philosophy. Beside, I enjoy walking in the forests.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite

The Christian Self-Formation: Anthropology of Becoming by Krzysztof Stanibula is an interesting book that explores the theme of human formation and the human person, who is both the “subject and object” of the evolution witnessed in the journey of self-formation. The book starts with a tribute to the author’s mother. Janina’s life journey is captured in her diary and it depicts the horrors she witnessed and lived through when she was just six, surviving the attack on Poland by Nazi Germany, and then the invasion by communist Russia. The book explores the question: Who am I and what ought I to be? Writing from a Christian perspective, the author explores how the reference to Christ becomes a yardstick that we can use to define and measure personal and human development. She writes: “Christian formation can provide the fundamentals of man’s integration in the person of Christ, enabling him to reform himself at any stage of life.” This book demonstrates the author’s philosophy of self-formation and the drive to become better versions of ourselves.

The book is very informative and filled with compelling arguments. Krzysztof Stanibula discusses themes like freedom, consciousness, moral compass, the role of faith, and our spiritual reference as essential components in the growth process. This is not a how-to book and readers won’t find a step-by-step guide to follow, but it is an essay that succinctly presents the author’s human philosophy within the context of an evolving social and political environment. It is written in an academic style and filled with manifold references and footnotes. While the academic approach to the writing can be intimidating, The Christian Self-Formation: Anthropology of Becoming uses language that is accessible and familiar. The author raises the consciousness of readers — especially Christian readers — on their vocation to become “who we ought to be.” It is rich in content and inspiring in its message; a book that is as relevant as it is required for contemporary Christian readers.


5.0 out of 5 stars
So relevant for our current social problems
Reviewed in the United States on Oct 4, 2020
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While this is a scholarly work it is very readable to an ordinary person like me. Chris highlights the process of self-formation and human "becoming" and how important it is that we "become" the best person we can be. He notes that spirituality is a key component of becoming and that it infuses our becoming with attributes given by God like love, kindness, generosity and selflessness. Chris wrote this book before our country entered the current complexities of our society. I found it compelling that this book can be applied to current daily living. This book helps us understand where we came from and where we should be heading especially concerning responsible actions and behaviors.
I commend his excellent work. It is a great thing to read during quarantine. His well written work not only touches the people of St. Pius. It also touches people of the whole world.
Rick Swenton
Amateur Radio Operator W1RHS
South Dennis, MA, USA