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—Rick Warren, New York Times bestselling author, The Purpose Driven Life
Stop Protecting Your Reputation. Start Building Your Character.
In a world of social media snapshots and cable news sound bites, we’re often more concerned with our outer image than we are with our inner make up. But in the end, integrity trumps image. You can look good on the outside without being good on the inside.
If you long to commit yourself to what matters most—the content of your character—join bestselling author James Merritt as he explores 13 overlooked traits that form the bedrock of a godly life and a good society. Along the way, you’ll encounter surprising role models—flawed people who failed spectacularly, overcame adversity, and went on to live lives worth imitating.
In a world that has abandoned the virtues and values that matter, this book offers a clarion call to return to a simple message: Character still counts. It always has, and it always will.
“Not only does James Merritt offer fresh insights into what it means to be a person of character—and why it matters more today than ever—but he is a leader and visionary with exemplary character. The lessons you'll gain from these pages will challenge and change you in all the best ways. You can’t afford not to read this book.”
—Margaret Feinberg, author of Taste and See
“One of my consistent prayers is that my gifts would never take me further than my character can sustain me. I’m so grateful for a book that not only emphasizes the importance of character, but helps cultivate it. This book will inspire you, convict you, and challenge you toward the character of Christ, our highest calling."
—Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church
“I don’t know of a more important topic now than this, and I don’t know anyone more qualified to speak on it than James Merritt.”
—Rick Warren, New York Times bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life
“An important leadership book about leadership’s most important topic: character. Merritt’s insights into the human spirit, the nature of leadership, and the mores contemporary society are always insightful, at times breathtaking. Not only does Merritt give us a clear picture of Christlike character, he shows where that character goes against the grain of society. This book glorifies Jesus and will strengthen you.”
—J.D. Greear, PhD, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC
“This is a must-read book for all aspiring leaders, parents, and educators. It gets to the heart of the most fundamentally important aspects of life—that is, the cost of poorly made decisions. Dr. Merritt talks about those decisions, how to make them, and the price one pays when you get them wrong. This book is full of real-life examples of what happens when priorities are misplaced and reputations are ruined. More importantly, it paints a crystal-clear picture of how to prevent that from happening. Read it—it could change your life.”
—Vice Admiral Wm. Dean Lee, USCG (ret)
“Character Still Counts is a necessary chalice of cool water in the desert of our anything-goes era. Honest, compassionate, biblically astute and conversational, this book paints a redemptive picture of how the kingdom of God should work its way into our hearts and practices. There is always hope.”
—Mary DeMuth, author of We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis