Heroic Habits: Discovering the Soul’s Potential for Greatness

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You are made for greatness. Not mediocrity. Not mere goodness. Greatness

The structure of your life, your human nature, your unique body, your emotions—everything about you is oriented to your perfection. 

But how are we to reach greatness? 

In this thought-provoking book, Father Ezra Sullivan provides the forgotten key to discovering the soul’s potential for greatness: heroic habits. A habit is what makes us into saints or sinners. Just as the body can become stronger through exercise and effort, or weaker through wounds or neglect, so the entire person can develop an almost permanent state of goodness or evil through habituation to virtue or vice. Habits both reveal and shape who you are; they speak about what you have been, and they predict what you will be.

Unique for a spirituality book, Heroic Habits explores and combines three realms of thought: 

  • The psychological science of habits
  • St. Thomas Aquinas’s theory of habits
  • Practical advice on habits

Utilizing humor, everyday examples, and serious scholarship, Fr. Ezra gets to the root of one of the things most mysterious to us—ourselves. Because habits are biological, psychological, and spiritual realities, Heroic Habits provides a panoramic vision of the whole human person. Front and center are why we are the way we are, how we make habits, how habits influence our lives, and how to develop good ones and eradicate bad ones, all with the help of God, as well as the saints, who lived out their good habits heroically and provide a blueprint for you to do the same. 

Heroic Habits will help you achieve long-lasting insight about yourself, to open yourself to the transforming grace of Christ, and to develop the good habits you have always desired.

Fr. Ezra Sullivan, OP
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6 Reviews

  • 4

    Posted by EE on May 24th 2023


  • 5
    Theres nothing better then spiritual reading.

    Posted by Patricia G. on Aug 27th 2022

    Just started it but already amazing!

  • 5
    Heroic Habits

    Posted by Jane S. on Mar 22nd 2022

    I would recommend this book very good!

  • 5
    A perfect gift

    Posted by Jana P. on Mar 17th 2022

    Lovely book with beautiful binding. Just right as a gift for confirmation or maybe a graduation gift.

  • 5

    Posted by Denice G. on Mar 14th 2022


  • 5

    Posted by Toni G. on Mar 9th 2022


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