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Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice
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Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice


Eerdmans 2014

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Julia Roberts on the red carpet at the Oscars. Lady Gaga singing “Applause” to worshipful fans at one of her sold-out concerts. And you and me in our Sunday best in the front row at church. What do we have in common?

Chances are, says Rebecca Konydyk DeYoung, that we all suffer from vainglory — a keen desire for attention and approval. Although contemporary culture has largely forgotten about vainglory, it was on the original list of seven capital vices and is perhaps more dangerous than ever today.

In Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice, DeYoung tells the story of this vice, moving from its ancient origins to its modern expressions. She defines vainglory, gives examples from popular culture, explores motivational sources, and discusses other vices associated with it such as hypocrisy and boasting. After exposing the many ways in which vainglory can rear its ugly head, she explores personal spiritual practices that can help us resist it and community practices that can help us handle glory well.

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Key Features

  • Discusses vainglory as one of the seven captial vices
  • Presents spiritual practices that can help resist vainglory
  • Give examples of vainglory from popular culture


  • Glory, Goodness, and Getting Attention
  • Varieties of Vainglory
  • Vainglory’s Roots: Pride and Fear
  • Honesty Required: Hypocrisy and Habituation
  • Making a Mockery of Magnificent Virtue
  • Practices of Resistance, Places of Encouragement
  • Sharing the Light: Grace, Formation, and Community

Praise for the Print Edition

A much-needed book. DeYoung moves seamlessly between fourth-century thought and last week’s new iPhone release in her lucid descriptions of vainglory. . . . Read this book and discover unexplored and unnamed dimensions of your character crying out for growth and redemption.

Gregg A. Ten Elshof, author, I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life

At last a book that takes head-on what is perhaps the capital vice of modern culture. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung draws from the classical tradition of Christian moral thinking to introduce us to the life-giving virtues, which alone can free us from the plague of narcissism that is the cultural zeitgeist of our day. I recommend this book highly.

—Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

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About Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the author of Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies and wrote the “Seven Deadly Sins” entry for the Encyclopedia of Christianity. DeYoung also collaborated with two of her seminary students to develop a high school/college curriculum on the subject.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition