Endorsements & Reviews


E. J. Dionne Jr.

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture, Georgetown University

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer taught us that nothing that we despise in the other is entirely absent from ourselves. Christian Miller teaches us that the road to virtue lies in humility about our own virtue and an acceptance that others are struggling with their flaws. This is a very valuable book at a moment when our society could use a dose of openness and a sense of forgiveness.”

James K. A. Smith

Professor of philosophy, Calvin College, and author of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

“Christian Miller cautions that this is not a self-help book. Don’t believe him. Of course, it is not a set of tips and tricks to magically become a better person. But if honest, realistic self-knowledge and clear-eyed empathy are crucial for the moral life, then this book will help. Anyone serious about traveling the road to character should bring this book on the journey.”

Angela Duckworth

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

“The topic of character is both timeless and timely. In this especially lucid and personal narrative, Christian Miller guides the interested reader through the modern science of character, with special emphasis on its moral aspects, and with helpful and practical recommendations for its development.”

James Arthur

Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham

“This is a book full of insight, informed by research and written by someone with a profound understanding of character. It is a must read for anyone looking for a fresh presentation of its importance in human life.”

The Wall Street Journal

“In The Character Gap, Mr. Miller provides a clear and valuable summary of the research on character and argues persuasively that character is built, not given.”