Building Character: One Virtue at a Time

Building Character: One Virtue at a Time

by Randy Traeger


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940269320
Publisher: Deep River Books
Publication date: 12/04/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Prior to his death in October 2017, Randy Traeger was the executive director of the Virtue First Foundation. Through his weekly internet broadcasts and speaking engagements around the country, he tackled head-on the moral challenges facing families and young people today. After 35 years as an award-winning high school football coach, he implemented his Virtue First curriculum at the collegiate level as the character coach and defensive line coach for his alma mater, Willamette University in Oregon. Traeger was also a successful businessman (Traeger Grills), and a former mayor and volunteer firefighter for Mt. Angel, Oregon, where he lived with his wife, Lynnette. Randy and Lynette raised seven children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chastity: To refrain from sexuality chat is contrary to one's ethics 11

Enthusiasm: Intense emotionalism towards an interest or pursuit 17

Counsel: Advice, opinion, or instruction to a friend needing help 23

Enterprise: Using one's talents as a means of earning one's livelihood 29

Sincerity: To be genuine, honest, not falsified or duplicated 35

Friendliness: Favorably disposed and inclined to be kind and helpful to others 43

Gentleness: Kindly, amiable, mild mannered, and respectable 49

Honor: Honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs, to hold in high respect 55

Humor: The ability to perceive the comic or absurd quality of life. Good temperament 61

Self-Discipline: Training of one's self, usually for improvement 67

Obedience: Willingness to comply with or submit to authority 73

Morality: Conformity to the rules of right and virtuous conduct 79

Self-Control: Control or restraint of oneself or ones actions or feelings 87

Servitude: To surrender personal freedom and subject yourself to the will of another 95

Modesty: The quality of being free from vanity. Not boastful. Humble 103

Tolerance: Fair and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions or practices differ from your own 111

Truth: The actual state of affairs, honest, accurate, verity, platitude 119

Initiative: The readiness and ability to initiate action 127

Kindness: Good or benevolent nature, considerate, helpful, humane, gentle, loving 135

Knowledge: Acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles from study 145

Leadership: The ability to go before others and show them the way. Guide. Direct 153

Loyalty: The state of being faithful to commitments, obligations, causes, and people 163

Respect: Esteem or deference to a right of another, to honor, be courteous to 171

Responsibility: Answerable or accountable for one's own actions 179

Self-Respect: Proper esteem or regard for the dignity of one's character 187

Patriotism: Devoted love, support, and defense of one's country 195

Suffering A Cause: To undergo a penalty, pain, or loss in defending a principle, ideal, goal, or movement 203

Faithfulness: Faithful to one's word, promise, allegiance, or affection. To be loyal and constant 211

Surrender: To yield to the possession or power of another person, influence, or course 217

Tenacity: Being cough, not giving up, coming back time and time again 225

Understanding: To grasp the significance, importance, or meaning of 233

Poise: Keeping a dignified composed manner even under stress 241

Prudence: Being wise and judicious in planning practical and future affairs 251

Justice: What is right, righteous, guided by truth, reason, and fairness? 259

Fortitude: Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty and adversity 269

Temperance: Moderation or self-restraint in action 277

Faith: Belief! confidence or trust in a person or thing, not based on proof 285

Hope: To look forward, to believe, desire, and trust that events will work out as desired 293

Love: Affectionate concern for the well-being of others 301

Courage: The ability to face difficulty, danger, or pain without fear 309

Empathy: Vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, emotions, and attitudes of others 317

Generosity: Readiness or liberality in giving to those in need 325

Humility: Having a modest estimate of one's own importance. Not proud 333

Integrity: Adherence to moral principles. Congruence in thought, spoken word, and deed 341

Charity: Benevolent feeling toward those in need, generous actions 351

Patience: The ability to suppress restlessness when delayed. Waiting without complaint 359

Thankfulness: Feeling or expressing gratitude or appreciation 367

Sacrifice: Surrender or destruction of something prized for the sake of something of higher value 373

Wisdom: The ability to discern what is true or right, judicious and learned 381

Service: An act of helpful activity or aid 389

Joy: Great delight or happiness caused by something good 407

Moderation: The act of restraining one's self, avoiding extremes. Temperance 415

End Notes 423

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Coach Traeger sees firsthand the problems facing our young people today. Rather than curse the darkness, he has lit a beautiful candle to help us find our way. After diligently studying the most effective ways to teach virtue concepts within a society that seems more interested in devaluing them, he has created a valuable tool for any coach, teacher, or parent. His concise, bite-sized lessons and activities will help us get back on a more virtuous path. I wholeheartedly recommend this well researched book as an individual read or study guide for any group setting. This is an impressive book.” -Mark Speckman, running backs coach for the Montreal Alouettes, Canadian Football League; 2008 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year Finalist

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