Endorsements for Reordered Love, Reordered Lives


How do we disentangle the true longings of our hearts from the false seducations of our culture? Read this book slowly. Naugle's rich, wise discussion helps us redirect our thinking so that our proper pursuit of happiness can be a goal happily fulfilled.

~ Os Guinness, author of The Call

David Naugle, an outstanding scholar and writer, has tackled one of the most misunderstood words in American life: happiness. When Jefferson included that in the Declaration of Independence, he had in mind the classical definition of a virtuous life. Today we understand happiness only in the crassest materialistic sense. Naugle has written a very important and challenging book on a crucial question—what makes the good life. I can highly recommend it.

~ Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

Melding the savory insights of experts from Augustine to Switchfoot, in this elegantly structured book David Naugle also displays his own distinctively variegated pursuit of happiness. This is a book about what matters to us most. Spend a little time alongside this remarkable pilgrim, and find yourself encouraged on the journey.

~ Esther Lightcap Meek, Author of Longing to Know:
The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People

For many years now I have offered to any who need to know that I regard David Naugle as one of the most gifted professors in America. Perennially his students learn to think and care about the most important things, remarkably so in fact. Reordered Love, Reordered Lives allows all of us the grace of learning "over his shoulder, and through his heart," listening in on the unusual pedagogy which is uniquely his. Amazingly wise, incredibly well-read, he is always attentive to what matters most, and his book should find its way into hearts and minds, courses and colleges, far and wide.

~ Steven Garber, author of The Fabric of Faithfulness and director of The Washington  Institute for Faith, Vocation,
and Culture

We Protestants tend to have hang-ups about happiness. We know God wants us to be good, but we’re not sure whether he wants us to be happy. David Naugle obliterates this dichotomy. With the clarity and wisdom of a master teacher, Naugle invites us to become everyday philosophers in pursuit of the good life. And with help from a range of voices—from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Stephen Colbert, Tolkien to Johnny Cash—he accomplishes a veritable coup d’etat, showing that a fourth-century African bishop has life-shaping insights for an iPod generation. This book is a winsome invitation to rethink discipleship, whether you’re 17 or 70.

~ James K. A. Smith,
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College

David Naugle writes as a philosopher, master teacher, and child of God. He draws on a wide range of classic Christian texts, and crystallizes this counter-cultural wisdom about a virtuous and happy life for students of all ages. His candid discussion of the disordered human condition is particularly crucial for explaining just how dramatic and transformative the gospel really is.

~ John D. Witvliet,
Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary"

In the Middle Ages priests were urged by their bishops to preach about the seven deadly sins four times a year 'in the vulgar tongue without any fantastical imagination or any manner of subtlety or curiosity.' Today frank talk about sin is couched in a pop psychology that dilutes its moral seriousness. Hollywood screenwriters have done more honest analysis than most evangelical pastors. David Naugle has picked up the ancient challenge once more. Here in plain language copiously illustrated, he explains the price of loving the wrong things in the wrong way. More importantly, he shows us how to live lives of well-ordered love. The church fathers were right; this is a topic we neglect at great cost. Reordered Love, Reordered Lives is a book to be read again and again.

~ John Seel, Donegality Productions LLC