David Brooks, The Road to Character

We’ve caught glimpses of this book shaping up over the last few years through Brooks’ New York Times columns and his various speeches. He has become intensely focused on the nature of character and how we go about forming character. A life of self-giving and humility shine through. To my delight, he has spent a great deal of time talking with Christians, reading in the rich tradition of Christian teaching on character, even moving in the direction of personal commitment. Along with N. T. Wright’s After We Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (unfortunately not quoted by Brooks), this book is an exceedingly helpful guide to character formation in our post-Christian age of obsessive individualism. This is a must read from one of America’s leading public intellectuals.