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The Limits of Willpower

June 22nd, 2023 | 3 min read

By Jake Meador

One of our favorite stories to read with our kids at bedtime is a Frog and Toad story about when one of the friends made cookies and brought them to the other's house. They sit down, eat some cookies, keep eating cookies, and soon look at each other, realizing they need to stop. But they can't.

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).