About the Book

The Augustine Way

About the Author

Dr. Susanna Harvath developed The Augustine Way based on her three decades of experience working with Catholic seminarians. She has worked with hundreds of young men who are striving to develop the virtue of chastity, helping them to integrate Catholic spirituality with established psychological principals and scientific research regarding habit change. She is the Director of Psychological and Counseling Services and Professor of Pastoral Issues & Pastoral Counseling at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.


The Augustine Way Workbook

The Augustine Way Workbook is a guide for disrupting unhealthy habits and re-forming wholesome habits as you strive for chastity. It includes an anthology of careful-curated readings about sexuality, from both established Christian thinkers and well-respected psychologists, including:

  • Dr. Sue Harvath
  • Bishop Paul Loverde
  • C.S. Lewis
  • St. Augustine
  • Kelly McGonigal
  • Fr. Fadi Auro
  • Christopher West
  • Jeffrey Kluger
  • Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Dr. Kevin Majeres
  • Jessi Kary
  • Bishop Thomas Olmstead
  • Matt Fradd
  • Fr. Eugene Hemrick
  • Archbishop Robert Carlson
  • Charles Duhigg
  • Fr. Mark Kramer
  • Deacon James Keating


A Well-Marked Path toward Chastity

While The Augustine Way includes selection from many authors, the genius of the program is the strategy for working through the exact nature of unchaste habits. There is a very clear process for recognizing and defeating cravings and temptations, laid out methodically in 12 Modules, typically covered in 12 group meetings.

We call The Augustine Way a “workbook” because participants are expected to put pen to paper and actively work through various exercises. There are personal assessments, meditations, prayer assignments, and more.

Each Module contains an opening prayer, a module teaching covering its main points, reading selections, group discussion, lectio divina, and various worksheets.

Overall, The Augustine Way is a roadmap for understanding sexuality and striving for chastity, structured to lead participants on a clear path toward freedom.

Module 1


Module 2

Creating a Desire to Change

Module 3


Module 4

Understanding Habits

Module 5

Transforming Habits

Module 6

Cue Recognition

Module 7

Habit Routine

Module 8


Module 9

Craving Control

Module 10

Relapse Prevention

Module 11

Configuration to the Heart of Christ

Module 12

Growing in Holiness

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