In "What's Your God Language?" teacher and spiritual director Dr. Myra Perrine explores nine spiritual temperaments--the unique ways God has given us to best communicate with Him. Through practical illustrations and hands-on exercises, Myra teaches you how to discover and understand your own God-ordained temperament. Draw closer to God and learn to love him in a new way--the way you were created to love him. 240 pages, softcover from Saltriver.
In What's Your God Language?
Myra Perrine describes nine types of spiritual temperaments and suggests disciplines and faith expressions that fit best with each unique temperament (or blend of temperaments). Drawing on her doctoral research that built on the work of Gary Thomas and others, Perrine calls readers to stop fighting the way God wired them and to experience a deeper intimacy with Christ by embracing their unique spiritual circuitry. Features:
The 9 Languages:
- In-depth analysis of nine categories of spiritual temperaments
- Spiritual temperament assessment tool for assessing one's individual temperament
- Biblically supported and thoroughly researched
- Written in a friendly, anecdotal style
- Foreword by Gary Thomas
- Web site with additional intermediate and advanced exercises
- The Activist
- The Asetic
- The Caregiver
- The Contemplative
- The Enthusiast
- The Intellectual
- The Naturalist
- The Sensate
- The Traditionalist
The Five Love Languages meets Myers-Briggs at church? It sounds like the setup for a joke, but it's actually the premise of a book, and a decently thoughtful book at that. Perrine, who specializes in pastoral counseling and spiritual formation, draws upon Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas, who provides a foreword here. The idea is that individuals relate to God in very different ways, and should tailor their spiritual practices to capitalize on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. This individuality is nothing to be ashamed of; rather, Perrine insists, we must rejoice in the startling human variety God has created. Perrine offers nine basic spiritual types: the activist, the ascetic, the caregiver, the contemplative, the enthusiast, the intellectual, the naturalist, the sensate and the traditionalist. Readers are invited to take a diagnostic quiz to establish their primary temperament, which they can learn more about in the second half of the guide. The idea for this book is not new; Marita Littauer explored religious temperaments in Your Spiritual Personality, and the Gallup organization presented helpful statistics along these lines in Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community. Still, it's a worthwhile read, especially for pastors, youth workers and other church leaders. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.