Chasing Humility 8 Ways to Shape a Christian Heart 

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8 Ways to Shape a Christian Heart 
Chasing Humility

Joel Stepanek grew up believing that humility required shunning success, never accepting praise, and embracing a crummy life so that God would reward him in heaven. Then he became successful—at being a missionary. On a quest to find balance, Stepanek discovered powerful wisdom hidden within a nineteenth-century prayer that radically changed his life: the Litany of Humility. He shows you what he has learned about true Christian humility and how to right-size your expectations for living this crucial virtue.

As Stepanek, director of resource development at Life Teen, began to study and pray with the Litany of Humility, he discovered a pattern for spiritual growth that now anchors the way he lives. In Chasing Humility, he helps you explore eight essential aspects of humility in the life of a Christian: authenticity, confidence, gratitude, love, praise, empowerment, mentoring, and breaking barriers.

In addition to humorous and engaging stories and theological reflections, each chapter gives you practical exercises for spiritual growth such as:

  • creating an authenticity diagram to explore how you see yourself, how you think God sees you, and how you believe others do;
  • learning to keep a gratitude journal; and
  • developing habits of speech that acknowledge and praise others for successes, rather than remaining focused on your own accomplishments.

This book will not only help you to understand and embrace the importance of humility, but teach you to love the virtue as well.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: AM718953
Dimensions: 5½" x 8½"
Length: 160 pages
Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 978-1-59471-895-3
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Written by Joel Stepanek


Practical steps for cultivating authentic humility. Drawing on scripture, engaging stories, and good old common sense, this book is funny and wise, raw and relatable. Stepanek’s insights offer a soul-stirring read to any soul looking to improve.
Mark Hart
Executive Vice President at Life Teen International
Joel Stepanek’s voice and vision are incredibly needed in the Catholic Church today. With clarity, joy, and a sharp intellect, he unpacks the virtue of humility in a way that is accessible and inspiring for people at all levels of faith. What a gift this book will be to anyone who picks it up!
Emily Wilson Hussem
Catholic musician, speaker, and author of Go Bravely
This book is bold, honest, and raw. Joel has given us an absolutely delightful read that is also really challenging, and it was just what we (and so many others) need to be reminded of the necessity to both seek humility and live and walk humbly with the Lord.
Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady
Catholic speakers and cohosts of The Electric Waffle
A delightful roadmap for embracing the virtue of humility not as a weakness, but as a strength in our personal prayer lives and leadership outreach.
Rev. Dan Felton
Vicar General of the Diocese of Green Bay


Joel Stepanek is a Catholic author and speaker who serves as director of resource development at Life Teen. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Wisconsin in 2007. In 2015, he earned a master’s degree in religion and religious education with an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry from Fordham University. He previously served as director of youth ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and is an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Stepanek is the author or coauthor of several books, including Getting More Out of ConfessionTrue North, and Greatest Job on Earth.