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Essays by Members of the Chrysostom Society

It’s something inside each of us: ambition. Without ambition, how would it be possible to do anything well?

On the other hand, ambition can feed on itself, growing, becoming insatiable.

In this volume, nine members of the Chrysostom Society of Writers asked themselves what role ambition has played in their lives, composing a collection of essays in which they muse on their own motivations and experiences of ambition with striking honesty.

Their responses range from Diane Glancy’s praise of ambition as a gift to Eugene Peterson’s caution about busyness becoming spiritually crippling. Dain Trafton ponders his family’s respect for ambition alongside biblical condemnations of overweening pride. Erin McGraw argues that the extent to which ambition is good or bad depends upon the goal—the what for which one is ambitious. Jeanne Murray Walker wrestles with the gender-specific challenges of a woman with ambitions and Gina Ochsner offers an entertaining appraisal of ambition’s insatiability. Other contributors include Bret Lott, Luci Shaw, and Emily Griffin.

Ambition will encourage readers to probe their own identities and purposes, helping them to find a balance between hubris and self-abnegation. What is the legitimate role of ambition in a sane and ethical person’s life?  Does gender affect ambition? How can we set and maintain limits for ambition in our own lives? 

The fresh and original thinking of these widely-published authors will challenge readers’ preconceptions, leaving them to ponder their own deeper reasons for pursuing what they pursue.

From October 15 to January 15 Ambition will be available exclusively from Image journal so that sales from that period will benefit the work of The Chrysostom Society as it supports excellence in writing by people of faith.

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