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You Are What You Love

The Spiritual Power of Habit

by James K.A. Smith

You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.

In this book, award-win­ning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we wor­ship fun­da­men­tal­ly shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape cul­ture, we are not often aware of how cul­ture shapes us. We might not real­ize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps read­ers rec­og­nize the for­ma­tive pow­er of cul­ture and the trans­for­ma­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties of Chris­t­ian prac­tices. He explains that wor­ship is the imag­i­na­tion sta­tion” that incu­bates our loves and long­ings so that our cul­tur­al endeav­ors are indexed toward God and his king­dom. This is why the church and wor­ship­ing in a local com­mu­ni­ty of believ­ers should be the hub and heart of Chris­t­ian for­ma­tion and dis­ci­ple­ship. 

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of his influ­en­tial work Desir­ing the King­dom, Smith received numer­ous requests from pas­tors and lead­ers for a more acces­si­ble ver­sion of that book’s con­tent. No mere abridg­ment, this new book draws on years of Smith’s pop­u­lar pre­sen­ta­tions on the ideas in Desir­ing the King­dom to offer a fresh, bot­tom-up reartic­u­la­tion. The author cre­ative­ly uses film, lit­er­a­ture, and music illus­tra­tions to engage read­ers and includes new mate­r­i­al on mar­riage, fam­i­ly, youth min­istry, and faith and work. He also sug­gests indi­vid­ual and com­mu­nal prac­tices for shap­ing the Chris­t­ian life.


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