Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism
Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism  -     By: Richard Winter
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Perfectionism can be a motivating force that pushes us to achieve great things and become fuller people in Christ. It can also be a detrimental force that drives us to unhealthy patterns and obsessions. When does being good become bad? In this book Richard Winter explores the positive and negative effects of perfectionism on our lives. He looks at the seductive nature of perfectionism as it is reflected in today's media. He examines the price and perils of perfectionism including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other psychological disorders. He then moves on to explore the roots of perfectionism, delving into what originally awakens this drive in us. Finally, he provides a new perspective on perfectionism that is thoroughly rooted in finding our confidence in our identity in Christ and his teachings. For anyone who struggles with perfectionistic tendencies, this book will provide fascinating insight and instruction into the healthy pursuit of excellence and perfection.

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Title: Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism
By: Richard Winter
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830832599
ISBN-13: 9780830832590
Stock No: WW32597

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  • Honored in 2006 as a "Year's Best Book for Preachers" by Preaching magazine.
Perfect body. Perfect clothes. Perfect family. Perfect house. Perfect job. We strive for excellence in all areas of our lives. And there's nothing wrong with a healthy, mature pursuit of excellence. But what begins as healthy and normal can sometimes become neurotic and abnormal, leading to debilitating thoughts and behaviors:
  • eating disorders
  • anxiety and depression
  • obsession and compulsions
  • fear of failure
  • relational dysfunction
In Perfecting Ourselves to Death, Richard Winter explores the positive and negative effects of perfectionism on our lives. He looks at the seductive nature of perfectionism as it is reflected in today's media. He examines the price and perils of perfectionism. And he explores the roots of perfectionism, delving into what originally awakens this drive in us. After analyzing the negative feelings and defeatist behaviors that unhealthy perfectionism births, he provides practical strategies for how to change. "The important thing to see," writes Winter, "is that we are to strive to become better people, not just to be content with who we are or how we measure up to the standards of the culture around us." For Christians this means becoming more like Christ in every area of our lives. Here is the "perfect" book for those who struggle with perfectionism and for those pastors, counselors and friends who want to understand and help perfectionists.

Author Bio

a psychiatrist, is professor of practical theology at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of

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