You Are What You Love

Adult Education Topical Book Study: Sundays, beginning September 13, at 9:45 a.m.

You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.

In You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the “imagination station” that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and His kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.

This fall, you are invited to join the Adult Christian Education Team’s online topical study, which begins reading You Are What You Love on Sunday, September 13. Come learn and grow in faith along with us!

Note: This study will meet virtually via Zoom videoconferencing until further notice due to the COVID-19 countermeasures.

About the Author

James K. A. Smith teaches philosophy and theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, having previously taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has been a visiting professor at Fuller Seminary; Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando; and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally trained in philosophical theology and contemporary French philosophy, Smith’s work is focused on cultural criticism informed by the Christian theological tradition. His more popular writing has also appeared in magazines such as the Christian Century, Christianity Today, First Things, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and others.