Heart & Habits: How We Change for Good by Greg Gifford




We know that our habits matter, in part, because God commands us to develop certain habits out of a heart that wants to please him. But do you know how your heart influences your habits and how your habits influence your heart? In this book, Heart & Habits, you will learn what the Bible says about your habits and how God uses your habits to help you change for good. Let the principles learned in this book help you to get the balance of heart and habits right, so you can experience lasting change—change for good.


“In this distinctively Christian approach to habits, Greg Gifford makes the case from Scripture that both heart motivations and godly practice are critical for growth in Christ. He shows that progressive sanctification travels on a bidirectional highway between our hearts and our habits—we do what we love and we love as we do! Filled with concrete examples and exercises to address our hearts and habits in the various spheres of life, Greg helps the reader put into practice the fear of the LORD in everyday life.” –MICHAEL R. EMLET, M.Div., M.D., Dean of Faculty and Counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), and author of Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners: Loving Others As God Loves Us


Dr. Greg E. Gifford is Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University. He earned a PhD in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University, and a BA in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Bible College. He has worked as both a full-time biblical counselor and associate pastor before joining the TMU faculty—counseling in both non-profit and local church settings. Greg also served as a Captain in the United States Army from 2008-2012 after which he transitioned to counseling ministry. His research interests are the influencing role of habits to desires and also Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

He is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), ordained pastor, and a student member of the Evangelical Theological Society. When not teaching, Greg enjoys counseling for Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center, serving as an Associate Pastor in his local church, wrestling with his two boys, and eating good food with his wife.