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The Root That Pollutes

Direct Price: $6.99 $5.50
Format: Booklet, eBook
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781596381308
Publication Date 10/10/08

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When people treat you wrongly, insult you, or are outright sinful to you, how do you react? Are you satisfied to hold grudges against those who wrong you, as long as they don't lead to action? Unfortunately, your decision to harbor bitterness is just as much of a sin as the one originally committed against you, and your reaction to others' sin is a spiritual battle you are called on to win.

Lou Priolo focuses on that battle in this vital booklet that seeks to weed out the problem of bitterness. By offering a biblical definition and identifying its outward signs, the author equips you to recognize bitterness in your own life, and he lays out a scriptural plan to ensure victory by repaying others' evil with good. You will find grudges losing their grip as you focus instead on how to show love.

The Resources for Biblical Living booklet series addresses a wide range of practical life issues in a straightforward, down-to-earth, and, most of all, biblical manner.


"The first time I heard Lou Priolo preach a sermon it was on the topic of bitterness. His message was so biblical and I was intrigued that Scripture could be used in such a practical way. This booklet is much like that talk and is a gift from God to Christians who struggle with hurts from others. I highly recommend it!"

Martha Peace

"Here is a series that will provide the pastor and interested layman with a veritable arsenal of material for attacking problems that people have! These booklets will bless many. Churches should fill their tract racks with them."

Jay Adams


The Author

Lou Priolo

Lou Priolo

Lou Priolo (1954–2023) was a full-time biblical counselor for nearly forty years, the author of many counseling books and resources, and the founder and president of Competent to Counsel International. A fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, he last served as counseling pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

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