What happens when we replace courage with compromise?
What happens when we replace honesty with likability?
What happens when we replace conviction with clichés?
What happens when we replace discipleship to Christ with a devotion to nice?
We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. When we choose to be nice instead of faithful, we bear fruits that are bland, bitter, empty, and rotten to the core.
In this life-changing book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, inauthenticity, shallowness, and more. Then she challenges readers to cultivate a better tree, providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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Table of Contents
1 The Fruit of Niceness 19
2 Fake: The Fruit of Inauthenticity 33
3 Rotten: The Fruit of Corruption 47
4 Bland: The Fruit of Cowardice 63
5 Bitter: The Fruit of Cynicism 79
6 Hard: The Fruit of Self-Righteousness 93
7 Processed: The Fruit of Sentimentality 107
8 Cultivating a Better Tree 121
9 Grow Original: Embracing Your Design 131
10 Grow Deep: Rooting Your Soul 149
11 Grow Less: Pruning Your Produce 165
12 Grow Wild: Flourishing in the Wilderness 181
13 The Fruit That Lasts 195
About the Author 213