JP Pokluda

Why Do I Do What I Don’t Want to Do?
Baker Books, 2023
By JP Pokluda

WHO: JP Pokluda, lead pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. 

HE SAYS: “The only way to conquer a bad habit is to replace it with a better one.”

THE BIG IDEA: This book looks at 10 sins that seem to consistently trip us up and the Scriptures that show us how to respond in God-honoring ways to these vices. 

THE PROGRESSION: In Part 1, “The Ancient Battles,” looks at five “classic” sins and their corresponding virtues: pride and humility, anger and forgiveness, green and generosity, apathy and diligence, and lust and self-control. Part 2, “The Modern Wars,” takes on the battles we fight on a daily basis: perception management and authenticity, entitlement and gratitude, busyness and rest, drunkenness and sobriety, and cynicism and optimism.

“The day-to-day grind of fleeing sin and pursuing holiness is difficult. But just because it is difficult does not mean that it isn’t right.”