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Seven clear, simple strategies from St. Thomas Aquinas for understanding and living out virtue.
In Saintly Habits: Aquinas’ 7 Simple Strategies You Can Use to Grow in Virtue, Catholics will find a guide to virtue that will transform their understanding of what a virtuous life looks like and teach them how to put their new knowledge into practice.
Written by professor Andrew Whitmore, Saintly Habits makes the theological wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas accessible to modern-day Catholics with explanations of:
- What virtue is and is not
- How the virtues are connected
- The difference between virtues and vices
- What conscience is and how to form it
- How to break bad habits and foster good ones
- Why prayer and the sacraments are necessary for spiritual progress
Featuring anecdotes, relatable analogies, and practical suggestions that animate this presentation of the virtues, Saintly Habits takes a positive and encouraging approach to a seldom discussed topic by illustrating how St. Thomas’ seven strategies provide a roadmap for our spiritual journey that we can apply to our daily lives.
By encouraging us to understand the virtues we already possess as Catholics, God’s desire for us to be holy, and the Church’s role in supporting our journey of faith, this book provides the tools that we need to answer the call to grow ever closer to Christ in virtue and holiness.
This book is perfect for men who are on the Exodus 90 journey.
"I’ve often wanted a book that both explains theology clearly AND makes it practical. This one is a gem. Dr. Whitmore’s explanations don’t water down the theology yet are easy for busy people to grasp. And the value doesn’t stop there—I loved the strategies that made everything totally practical. If you want to find the motivation to finally break bad habits and gain consistency, Saintly Habits is an absolute must!"
Host of the Called and Caffeinated podcast
"Dr. Andrew Whitmore’s book Saintly Habits: 7 Simple Strategies You Can Use to Grow in Virtue is a delightful and extraordinarily helpful book. It simultaneously serves as a practical guide to growing in virtue and a simple primer in ethics. The effective advice he gives is time-tested and grounded in the wisdom of the ages. Those who read his book will understand the key features of virtue ethics and will have a solid set of tools for putting it in place. This book is accessible for those who are just starting out and yet it does not shy away from laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning. I highly recommend it!"
–Fr. Luke Wilgenbusch
Director of Vocations, Diocese of Nashville
"We talk about virtue and vice a lot, but we don’t always know what those terms mean, whether we have virtue, or how to overcome our vices. In Saintly Habits, Andrew Whitmore offers a clear and concise guide to knowing what virtue is and how to achieve it in our own lives. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of virtue and gives a solid strategy for growth in virtue. Even more helpfully, each chapter is divided into one- or two-page sections, which makes it a perfect companion for reflection during a Holy Hour and easy to read in a few quiet moments. Best of all, Whitmore shows how we can integrate our quest for virtue with our prayer lives and the life of the Church..."
–Carl A. Vater, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Saint Vincent College
"In every parish, there are faithful Catholics looking for ways to grow in virtue, even though they may know little about Thomistic virtue ethics. Saintly Habits by Dr. Andrew Whitmore answers both needs, providing precise, accurate teaching on virtue along with surprising yet simple advice for living a virtuous life."
–Dr. Brett W. Smith
Thomas Aquinas College, New England