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.
Marita Littauer is an author and popular speaker, writes a monthly column for Godly Business Woman magazine, and has contributed articles to Christian Communicator and Writer’s Digest magazines.
Your Spiritual Personality presents Marita Littauer's philosophy concerning various personalities and how they can best serve God. This book opens with a dialogue about individual personality needs. At this point, the appendices are introduced as tools for deciding on your own personality type. Personality characteristics are explored including Littauer's suggestions for individual styles in viewing God, worship, and spiritual strength. Your Spiritual Personality concludes with a look at Jesus' personality and it's impact on each Christian.
Speaker, author, and Marita Littauer's mother, Florence Littauer, helped pioneer the concept of Christian personality types. Marita now enlarges on this subject. Your Spiritual Personality fits into the popular, easily read how-to genre of Christian literature. Centering first on the theory of Christian personality types and the needs of various people, Bible verses are added to tie the already-formed theory into a Scripture base. It may be fun, in group or individually, to play around with the tests and ideas. However, the discerning reader will want to keep in mind that the Christian is called to be Christ-centered, not person-centered, called not to new methods but to follow her Lord.
Littauer's conversational, friendly style encourages reading and ruminating. Personal reminiscences and tidbits from other Christians' lives highlight each subject. The appendices include a personality test, relevant dictionary, discussion of personalities, and charts. Your Spiritual Personality provides an effortless explanation of this thinking, and will help the clear-eyed (perhaps I should say Christ-eyed) reader to decide the pros and cons of this subject. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
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)
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