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Your Spiritual Personality: Using the Strengths of Your Personality to Deepen Your Relationship with God

Your Spiritual Personality: Using the Strengths of Your Personality to Deepen Your Relationship with God

Marita Littauer, Betty Southard (With), Florence Littauer (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-787-97308-7 November 2004 Jossey-Bass 176 Pages


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Your Spiritual Personality takes the study of personality to its logical and important next step: helping you to make connections between the strengths and weaknesses of your personality and your pursuit of a relationship with God. By being aware of your individual style of approaching prayer, the Bible, devotions, and worship, you can strengthen your faith in ways uniquely tailored to your personality. The book’s practical advice,  suggestions for each personality type, and inspiring real-life stories will enrich your spiritual life by helping you develop a stronger walk with God.

Foreword by Florence Littauer ix

Part One: What Is My Spiritual Personality? 1

1. The Spiritual Life of a “Good” Christian 3

2. The Sonshine Church 15

3. What Is My Spiritual Personality? 23

Part Two: How Does My Spiritual Personality Affect My Spiritual Life? 37

4. View of God 39

5. Worship Experience 51

6. Spiritual Strength 63

7. Growing Closer to God 77

8. The Personality of Jesus 97

9. Spiritual Personality and Spiritual Gifts 111

10. Encouragement and Freedom 129

Appendix A: Personality Testing Instrument 141

Appendix B: Personality Profile Word Definitions 145

Appendix C: An Overview of the Personalities 155

Appendix D: Comparison Chart of Different Personality

Systems 161

The Author 163

When a book’s introductory chapter poses the question, ""Is it possible that there is no one right way to develop one’s spiritual life?"" you have to assume the target audience has encountered some spiritual bullies along the way. This book by Littauer, a professional speaker, is a pop-psychology spiritual pep talk for evangelical Christians who need to understand that spirituality can include variety. Drawing from her own feeling that she was, at times ""doing it wrong,"" Littauer has developed a personality test and four ""types"" for identification, so that Christians can find their fit in spiritual practices. She uses Hippocrates’ four basic chemical types; there’s the ""Popular Sanguine,"" the ""Powerful Choleric,"" the ""Perfect Melancholy"" and the ""Peaceful Phlegmatic."" Much like other typologies popular in church circles--Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram--all Littauer’s types feature strengths and weaknesses. She also ""types"" Jesus, who, not surprisingly, is the perfect balance of all four categories. This book will be helpful for evangelical Christians who feel out of sync with the usual devotional practices being promoted in their churches. It will hold little interest for those Christians who already accept that there are many paths to a deeper relationship with God and need no new typologies to persuade them. (Nov. 12) (Publishers Weekly, October 25, 2004)