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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; English Language edition (May 26, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842382127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842382120
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

TIM LAHAYE is an internationally known author, teacher, and expert on Bible prophecy. He is married to Beverly, who is the founder of the largest women's organization in America, Concerned Women for America. The LaHayes live in southern California.

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Dr. Tim LaHaye (www.timlahaye.com), who conceived the idea of fictionalizing an account of the Rapture and the Tribulation, is a noted author, minister, and nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. He is the founder of both Tim LaHaye Ministries and The PreTrib Research Center. He also recently cofounded the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Liberty University. Presently Dr. LaHaye speaks at many Bible prophecy conferences in the U.S. and Canada, where his current prophecy books are very popular.

Dr. LaHaye holds a doctor of ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary and a doctor of literature degree from Liberty University. For 25 years he pastored one of the nation's outstanding churches in San Diego, which grew to three locations. It was during that time that he founded two accredited Christian high schools, a Christian school system of ten schools, and San Diego Christian College (formerly known as Christian Heritage College).

Dr. LaHaye has written over 50 non-fiction books and co-authored 25 fiction books, many of which have been translated into 34 languages. He has written books on a wide variety of subjects, such as family life, temperaments, and Bible prophecy. His most popular fiction works, the Left Behind series, written with Jerry B. Jenkins, continue to appear on the best-seller lists of the Christian Booksellers Association, "Publishers Weekly," the "Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," and the "New York Times."

Another popular series by LaHaye and Jenkins is The Jesus Chronicles. This four-book fiction series gives readers a rich first century experience as John, Mark, Luke, and Matthew recount thrilling accounts of the life of Jesus. Dr. LaHaye is co-author of another fiction series, Babylon Rising. Each of the four titles in this series have debuted in the top 10 on the New York Times best seller list. These are suspense thrillers with thought-provoking messages.

Customer Reviews

The book i had gave a coupon for a discount or something like that.
CyPhizzle
Very informative with in depth information regarding the 5 temperaments, after reading this book it was very easy to determine which temperament fit my personality.
Gretchen
This book helped me understand myself - I have a very melancholy temperament type.
R. Martin

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By W & T Perry on March 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Lahaye does a good job of introducing us to the four basic temperaments that we are born with, derived from Ancient Greece. This book explores the various attitudes and personalities of each temperament and how our worldly selves deal with them. Basically, if you have a close relationship with Jesus, then the weaknesses of each temp. is not that hard to overcome. Lahaye tells us is that we have a predominant temp. with one or two secondaries and it is interesting to see where you fit in, and how certain aspects of your life affect how you react to certain situations. This is similar to the Myers-Brigg Indicator, but you do not answer a lot of questions. One thing, I did like, was Lahaye's mention of the spiritual fruits and what each temp. is normally good at. If you are interested in seeing which temperament you are, and what your strengths/weaknesses may be, this is the book for you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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So many personality conflicts could be avoided if everyone knew the basic principles of this book. For instance, we've all come across a person at some point in our lives that really rubbed us the wrong way. Well, with the help of this book, I've been able to take a deeper look into who that person really is and in almost every case, the person's temperament is why he or she is acting that way, not because he or she is necessarily mean or nasty. The same goes for a person like me, who is extremely introverted. My spouse wondered for years why I enjoyed just staying home so much rather than getting out and socializing. Again, with the help of this book he was able to see that it was my temperament, and not that I was being rude or just shy. Get a copy of the book and read it - it could change your life!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
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I have read this book and this critic loves it! For years I have wondered as to why people in the same environment, setting, city, and even family can come out so amazingly different. This book teaches its reader how to classify and analyze people so that you can find out their point of reference on life and understand what they value and treasure in life. If you know a person's needs you can more easily meet their needs and help them. This book gives solid, practical advise on how to recognize and appreciate a person's psychological/emotional/volitional makeup as well as how to cope with and appreciate the differences in us all. Do you want to know why your super-energetic life-of-the-party friend retains his outlook on life no matter what? Do you want to know why Mr.Domineering feels that he MUST be in charge in spite of all adversity? Do you want to know why some people seem to be so gifted and deep even in the most shallow pools of life? Do you want to know why some people are content to stay introverts all of their life and are happy that way? Well, you'll just have to get the book and enjoy finding out!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CyPhizzle on May 5, 2005
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I was on my way traveling somewhere and picked this book up off of the book rack in the local Post Exchange (PX). I began to read it and began to laugh because so much of how i am jumped off of the pages. It was fun to find my husband and see why we act the way that we do. I knew that it was a Christian book and I am a Christian so it fell in line with my beliefs. I love it and decided to send away for the test. The book i had gave a coupon for a discount or something like that. They sent the test and i gave my answers - basically saying whether or not i was outgoing, or analytical, procrastinator, organized and the list goes on and on. I sent it back and received a detailed Temperament Analysis for me. It was pretty neat. I am a Sanguine/Melancholy. It said i loved sports which is not true. A lot of it was true though. What i liked the most about it is that it provides a base from the fruits of the spirit and provided those fruits that fall natually within my temperament, and those that needed work. I studied the analysis and really learned a lot from it. It allowed me to understand my husband A LOT!!

I would recommend this book for the Christian who is at a point in their life where they cant seem to know who they are or where they are going. Although the Holy Bible is really the book for that - this can allow for you to see a description of yourself and offer direction in understanding it.

my 2 cents.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
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This book will help you in dealing with others as well as knowing yourself better. I have already purchased a dozen books and given them to my friends and family. It has saved marraiges and friendships. Mr. LaHaye covers four personality types and how each cross over. There is the Sanquine (Expressive), Choloric (Driver), Phlegmatic (Easy going) & the Meloncholy (Anaylitical). One can just imagine the diffuculties in a marraige where one spouse is very drven (choloric) and the other is easy going (phlegmatic). This is perfect for the person in the 20's and 30's. It gives a great understanding of what makes people tick, and it allows a 20-30 year old to achieve wisdom or insight to equal the wisdom of a 60 or 70 year old.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on January 16, 2005
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This is a Christian book. It is written by a well-known Christian author and the table of contents clearly indicates Christian content. And it is also not meant to be a psychology/scholarly book - It is an "easy reading" book for your everyday person to read, and apply to their life. With those expectations, read this book...

The author presents the 4 basic temperament types that were first identified by the ancient Greeks. Others have written about these temperament types as well. But as a Christian, I appreciate the Christian perspective this book gives...Each temperament has its strengths and weaknesses. The author gives practical advice on how we, as Christians, can overcome our weaknesses through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I like the "practicalness" of the book about how our temperament can affect our relationships, employment, marriage, sex life, etc. This book helped me understand myself - I have a very melancholy temperament type. I was laughing at times because the descriptions in the book sounded so much like me it was uncanny. Sometimes people with these traits feel ostracized from society in different ways. It was encouraging for me to learn that I am not alone...

Approach this book with the right expectations, and I really think you will enjoy it.
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