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Who am I? What makes me do the things I do?

Timeless questions. You've asked them, as have philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. In "Spirit-Controlled Temperament, " Tim LaHaye provides answers patterned after ancient models of human behavior and grounded in the Word of God, making this a classic read for all Christians.

Temperament. You're born with distinct strengths, but also weaknesses that can hold you back. God wants to transform your natural weaknesses to make you a dynamic, effective Christian who lives above anger, fear, depression, and selfishness.

In "Spirit-Controlled Temperament, " find out who you are-predominantly Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy, or Phlegmatic. But more important, find out who you can become.

Revised and expanded edition. Includes a 13-session study guide.

About the Author

Tim LaHaye es un autor bestseller en la lista del New York Times con mas de setenta libros de no ficcion, muchos de ellos acerca de profecias y el fin de los tiempos, y es el coautor de la serie Left Behind con ventas record. Se considera que LaHayes es uno de las autoridades mas reconocidas de America acerca de las profecias biblicas del fin de los tiempos. Visite www.TimLaHaye.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Revised edition (September 21, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842362207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842362207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Clayton D. Zirkle on January 12, 1999
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LaHaye does an excellent job of explaining the good AND bad of each of the 4 temperament types. His plain language description and 'life-like' examples make it easy to understand your neighbor, coworker or better...your spouse. I found this book a tremendous help - the temperament analysis test offered in the back was AMAZING in it's accuracy. I would suggest this a must-read for anyone who really needs to understand others (which is all of us...!) As a believer myself - I know that we're doomed to exist in the 'bad' side of our temperaments - it's natural - and LaHaye does a good job of helping the reader understand how he/she can 'choose' to find the good side and lift it up to the top.
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I just read a review of this book that made my eyes water. I can see how not everybody would be flattered by this book. It's pretty convicting.
I found it refreshing as it was straight forward and didn't "pad the blows." Not only did it point straight to the truth of human nature, it abolished the idea that we, as humans, can make it in this world without the Lord. I was so very impressed with the truth given quickly, and then the blessings added. Not only did it point out how truly selfish we were, it then lifted us to new heights with the reality that God can change it all.
Amen to Dr. LaHaye! Thank God for his wisdom and his ability to share God's heart. Finally, a book that calls it as it is.
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By A Customer on November 28, 1999
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I found this to be a very difficult book to read. Not because of the style in which it was written, but because of the very straight forward means by which the author gets his message across. I would recommend this book to anyone who like myself are battling with the WHO AM I and WHY DO I DO questions in life and are ready to hear THE TRUTH! My only complaint would be that the author could not have provided his readers with even a "condensed version" of his Temperament Analysis at the end of this book. I regret that my budget would not allow me to take advantage of his TA.
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Have you ever wanted to be able to see inside someone; to understand why they do the things they do (or maybe yourself?)?? Finally, a book free of jargon and psycho-lingo allows you to understand the four basic personality types and their combinations. The basis of the four types comes from Greek philsophy but their "working-out" and reasons for behavior are Christian-based. This book has given me "Oh Wow!" moments as I considered myself, my wife, children and co-workers. I am giving copies this year to loved ones and people I work with! This book is a blessing; mostly enjoyed, I would think, by believers in God.
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I'm aware that the basic propositions and theories of this book will discourage many Christian readers; it will be observed that the Holy Bible never expressly deals with the ancient Four Temperaments theory, and that its origins seems to be definitely pagan.

Hippocrates (the ancient physician known especially for the Hippocratic Oath which is still taken and followed by physicians today; and which has many Christian ethical precepts contained in it, including but not limited to the forbidding of performing abortions) was the first one, perhaps, to popularize the theory.

It may also be objected, by some, that the Four Temperaments really became popular during the Dark Ages and the Medieval Period, when most of science and theology was quite askew, superstitious, or corrupt.

To these objections I would like to propose some arguments in favor of the Four Temperaments theory.

The first I would propose is the notion, advanced by some, that Luke the Evangelist, as a Gentile/Greek doctor, would have likely been familiar with the Four Temperaments theory, and may even have taken the Hippocratic Oath, or otherwise followed the practices of Hippocrates in his ethics and healing methods.

But that is speculative.

Mostly, I would recommend study of the Four Temperaments theory -- using this book in particular as a reference and guide -- because I believe that it is not contrary to Biblical claims nor to Jesus Christ Himself, the Lord and Savior. I believe that reading this book prayerfully and with discernment is a great idea for Christians.
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I can understand some of the concern over labels, but it is just that labels. Though the humors concept have been discredited, I was interested in this book on the integration of the Spirit with personality. Before you speak too much, compare the labels and descriptions in this book with some of these: Amiable, driver, analytic, expressive; DISC - Driver, Influential, Steady, Cautious; Myers-Brigs. LaHaye may have done himself a favor in attaching a different labeling system to his ideas.

That all do about the same thing, categorize observable behaviors into groupings that make some degree of sense to better understand people. So please give all the occult, heresy, talk a rest. The ancients made similar classification, though the causes of personality were wrong as knowldege progressed, the same can be said for the their theory on the elements, they had 4 and modern science found 96 and several man-made elements.
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