In The Seven Habits of the Good Life, the authors highlight seven biblical gifts-self-esteem, wisdom, righteousness, love, healthy appetite, prudence, and purpose-and present each one as an alternative to one of the seven deadly sins. Each gift gives readers a chance to enrich their lives by integrating concern for themselves with a healthy concern for others rather than punishing themselves for bad behavior. Incorporating clinical case studies, the voices of real people, and biblical stories, this book shows how the wisdom of the scriptures can provide us concrete ways of redefining difficult situations and approaching life in a way that strives for fullness, harmony, and balance.
Kalman J. Kaplan was a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellow at Tel Aviv University. He is professor of clinical psychology in both the departments of psychiatry and medical education at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine, and directs the Religion/Spirituality and Mental Health program (www.rsmh.org) funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Matthew B. Schwartz teaches history and near eastern studies at Wayne State University and is widely published in the areas of ancient history and biblical studies. He lives in Southfield, Michigan.