Creatures of Habit: Breaking the Habits Holding You Back from God’s Best

Steve Poe. Thomas Nelson, $18.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-4002-2342-8
Poe, lead pastor of Northview Church in Indiana, debuts with an engaging examination of 12 dangerous habits that offers up ways to replace them with routines that support a healthy Christian life. Addressing biblical sins, modern ills like workaholism, and the pitfalls of pride, worry, cynicism, and guilt, Poe approaches his topic with humility and explains, for instance, how unresolved trauma might lead to anger becoming a habitual response to inconvenience, potentially leading to damaged relationships or lost jobs. To break the habit, Poe recommends apologizing to those hurt by outbursts, taking up exercise, developing Scripture-based self-talk, and seeking God’s help through prayer. Other suggestions include finding an accountability partner and being more grateful. Unfortunately, Poe’s overly spiritual perspective has its blind spots—as when, in discussing workaholism, he asks readers to consider why work is an emotional priority for them without acknowledging factors like financial precariousness or the need for health insurance. This sympathetic guide will appeal to Christians looking for simple ways to make some changes in their lives. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/06/2021
Release date: 05/01/2021
Genre: Religion
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