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Are virtues the secret to living a happy life?

New book provides practical guide to achieving lasting happiness

 SAN FRANCISCO — Is lasting happiness truly achievable in this life? Absolutely, say authors Tom Peterson and Ryan Hanning in their new book, THE WILLPOWER ADVANTAGE: BUILDING HABITS FOR LASTING HAPPINESS, published by Ignatius Press. The road to achieving such happiness, though, is not as simple as a one-time decision or following a list of self-help suggestions. On the contrary, virtues are the key to being able to walk that road of lasting happiness, and THE WILLPOWER ADVANTAGE lays out the map of how to get there.

Peterson is the founder of Catholics Come Home and hosts the popular EWTN television series by the same name. A former advertising executive, Peterson also founded, which creates and airs TV commercials that encourage abortion-vulnerable women to choose life. His newest apostolate,, is being launched in conjunction with THE WILPOWER ADVANTAGE in order to help people to grow in virtue. Hanning, Ph.D, has taught undergraduates, graduates and business men and women classical philosophy and historical theology for the past fifteen years. He currently teaches for the University of Mary and assists the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

THE WILLPOWER ADVANTAGE is neither pop psychology nor watered-down Christianity; rather, it is a lifestyle reboot that can enable us to respond better to Christ’s call to follow Him,” Peterson and Hanning write in the opening chapter of the book.

Endorsed by several notable individuals, including the legendary Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, THE WILLPOWER ADVANTAGE shows that we need to renew our minds with the truth about ourselves in order to develop the good habits we need to handle the challenges we face.

“In a materialistic society focused on physical beauty and immediate results, THE WILLPOWER ADVANTAGE reminds us of our identity as beloved children of the Father, redeemed by Jesus and called to strive for the spiritual ‘make-over’ of the soul, i.e. our transformation in Christ,” said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix. “Solidly based on the teachings of the Church, this book is a practical resource for growing in self-knowledge and forging the virtues needed today for a holy and loving communion with Christ.”


For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Tom Peterson and/or Ryan Hanning, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.