Why Do I Do What I Don’t Want to Do? Replace Deadly Vices with Life-Giving Virtues

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We often use vices as coping mechanisms, limit our virtues to our online personas, and wonder why we feel empty and aimless. Learn to break these joy-stealing habits.

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We live in an upside-down culture. We wink at our vices as coping strategies while restricting our virtues to our online personas, where they won’t interfere with our real lives. And we wonder why we feel empty, exhausted, and directionless. But why do we do things that we know are harmful for us?

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda wants you to know there’s a better, more fulfilling way to live, and it doesn’t involve looking inside yourself for the answers–because that’s not where you’ll find them. With his signature wit and wisdom, he explains, unpacks, and expands on the age-old virtues we’re told to pursue in Scripture: humility, forgiveness, generosity, diligence, self-control, authenticity, rest, and optimism. Far from being restrictive, these God-given goals for living free us to love and live as we wish we would.

Practicing virtues is not just something you do–it’s something done in you, slowly but surely transforming you into the person you were meant to be all along. Whether you’re 18 or 80, it’s never too late to redefine what’s important to you and reclaim a life of virtue.

About the Author

Jon Green has been on staff at Harris Creek in Waco, Texas, since 2013. He is a graduate of Baylor University and is the managing editor of BibleReadingPlan.org, a daily devotional and Bible study. Jon and his wife, Amanda, have two children and another on the way.

Jonathan "JP" Pokluda is the Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. In addition to this, he is the host of top 11 Christian Podcast, Becoming Something, as well as best-selling author of Outdated, Welcome to Adulting, Welcome to Adulting: Survival Guide and Welcoming the Future Church. JP's partner in ministry is Monica, his wife of eighteen years, and together they disciple their children Presley, Finley, and Weston. JP didn’t come to understand the grace of the Gospel until his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire in him to inspire the next generation to radically follow Jesus Christ and unleash them to change the world.

Product Details
SKU: BKP21736
ISBN: 978-0801094965
Publisher: Baker Books
Language: English
Page Count: 224
Publication Date: 03/14/2023
Size: 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 in
Author: Jon Green, Jonathan Pokluda
Format: Paperback
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