Extremes: How to Keep Your Virtues From Becoming Vices

by Robert Eaton

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Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? One way the adversary tries to derail our eternal progress is by perverting virtues into vices. Pressing forward is clearly a virtue, but running faster than we have strength doesn't get us to heaven faster — it just burns us out. So, Satan succeeds whether he persuades us to saunter aimlessly or to sprint the marathon of life at a frantic and unsustainable pace. Seeing the dangers of each extreme illustrated by powerful, practical insights, we can identify our own spiritual weaknesses and learn how to find a healthy balance in life.

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Robert Eaton

Robert Eaton who is currently the president of the Washington Federal Way Mission, was a professor of religious education at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is a graduate of BYU and of Stanford Law School, and he worked as a corporate vice president prior to joining the BYU-Idaho faculty. He has served as a bishop, taught seminary and institute, and spoken frequently at BYU Education Week. He and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four children.

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More encouraging than you might think
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I very much enjoyed this book, though what I took away from it is slightly different than what the description implies. This book reminded me that there truly must be moderation in all things and I realized that the principles of living the gospel often comes in duality. As someone who is already hypersensitive about always doing the right thing, I found it encouraging to think of each chapter discussing two equally correct principles, and my responsibility is to experiment between the two to find the balance that works best in my life. Rather than being a tight-rope where one false step catapults us off our perch, the principles discussed in this book brought to my mind that path to eternal life, though straight and narrow, is a path on which there is room to maneuver. Not every situation with every person requires the same response and the gospel allows for individuality and circumstances to inform our decisions. The commandments and principles of the gospel are clearly given to us, but finding the application in our life is the way we use our agency and grow to be more like the Savior.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I think we all battle with balancing between the "extremes" in life, but Bro. Eaton has put a book together that helps us balance our lives as meake decisions of correction. This is a perfect challenge for a perfect time as we battle increased struggles whether in the economy, life's decisions, or our own personal trials. We must find middle ground as we strive to reach the "higher ground". I would recommend this to everyone. We all fall underneath this umbrella!

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