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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Review 1 for Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism
Date:April 10, 2012
This book is very helpful in identifying perfectionist tendencies, especially in those habits of mind that are dangerous or damaging for one to think or believe. One of my favorite parts is when the author called out our culture for comparing ourselves to those of perfection in appearance and success of media/pop culture. I definitely recommend it even if you're aren't a perfectionist, a very interesting read.
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Review 2 for Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism
Date:August 18, 2011
I was skeptical at first, but this book did contain a lot of helpful information.