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Don’t Follow Your Heart offers a compelling vision for the kind of Christianity that is truly countercultural, that rebels against the status quo, that offers something genuinely revolutionary.

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A Compelling Call

to Join the Heretics

With the voices of Carl Trueman, Joni Eareckson Tada, J. P. Moreland, Josh McDowell, Alisa Childers, and more.

Today we are told to be true to ourselves, look within for answers, and follow our hearts. But when we put our own happiness first, we experience record-breaking levels of aimlessness, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Self-centeredness always fails to deliver on its promises.

In Don’t Follow Your Heart, Thaddeus Williams debunks the “ten commandments of self-worship,” calling on a new generation of mavericks and renegades, heretics who refuse to march in unison with the self-obsessed herd. With a fascinating blend of theology, philosophy, science, psychology, and pop culture, Williams points us to a life beyond the self-defeating dogmas of self-worship to a more meaningful life centered on Someone infinitely more interesting, satisfying, and awesome than ourselves.   

What's Inside the Book

Don't Follow Your Heart features:

  • A fascinating blend of theology, philosophy, science, psychology, and pop culture.
  • Grim stories of many patron saints of self-worship including Nero, Rousseau, de Sade, Nietzsche, Sartre, Foucault, and Jim Morrison.
  • Accounts of notable heretics who rebelled against self-worship, including Frederick Douglass, William Wilberforce, Sophie Scholl, and G.K. Chesterton.
  • Straightforward ways to rebel against the mainstream message of self-worship

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Heretics Music

Heretics EP: The musical companion recorded by Thaddeus Williams to the book Don’t Follow Your Heart. Available to stream + download.

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Digital Content

Don’t Follow Your Heart bonus material is a collection of supplementary articles written by Thaddeus Williams that expand upon the content of the book.


Join the redemptive revolt against self-worship for the glory of God.

As Williams explores the Ten Commandments of Self-Worship, he calls for a new generation of heretics, iconoclasts, renegades, mavericks, and rebels who refuse to march like good little cows, mooing in unison with the herd. He points us to a life beyond the boring, conventional, and self-defeating dogmas of self-worship and shows us how much more meaningful a life centered on God can truly be.


Thaddeus J. Williams

Thaddeus Williams (PhD, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) serves as professor of theology for Biola University and author of the best-seller Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask about Social Justice. Full Bio

"As a professor of Millennials and Gen Z I have seen firsthand how self-worship—elevating your emotions to sacred, unquestionable status, making personal fulfillment the end-all-be-all of existence—has become the dominant life-orientation in the West. I have also seen firsthand just how much pressure, anxiety, and devastation self-worship causes. We were never meant to bear the impossible weight of creating and sustaining our identities. My primary purpose in writing is to help readers find the sweet liberation from being their own deities, the lightheartedness and joy and meaning that come from worshipping God as God."

Thaddeus J. Williams