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)
?If you?ve ever had the guilts about your prayer life, this is the book that will set you free to go to God as you are and allow Him to do the transforming.?
--Michele McKinney Hammond, author, The Diva Principle
?Applies the life-changing concepts of understanding personality differences to our relationship with God . . . can revitalize your relationship with God.?
--Gary Smalley, speaker and author, The DNA of Relationships
?Will inspire, educate and motivate you to strive for godly communication by just being aware of the fact that people are different, therefore they will act differently and even love God in different ways!?
--Kathleen B. Jackson, publisher,The Godly Business Woman Magazine
?Are you seeking new freedom and creativity in your devotional time? Then read Your Spiritual Personality and be greatly blessed.?
--Gary Thomas, author, Sacred Marriage and Sacred Pathways
"Dares us to discover the unique individuals God created us to be; one for all, all for One, all for His glory. This book will improve your life immensely!"
--Ken Abraham, coauthor, Let?s Roll the New York Times best-seller
?For those on the journey of Spiritual Formation, Marita takes understanding your personality from a biblical perspective to another level. A must-read for anyone seeking to enhance and or transform their life.?
--Sabrina D. Black, international speaker, counselor, and author, African American Community, Can Two Walk Together?, Prone to Wander, Help! for Your Leadership, and Counseling in African American Communities
?The perfect book for anyone wanting to apply personality to a spiritually focused environment?
--Carole Lewis, national director, First Place
?Our personality does impact our spirituality! We are each unique, and we can approach God as He created us!?
--Pam Farrel, author,10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make and Men Are like Waffles, Women Are like Spaghetti, and codirector, Farrel Communications and Masterful Living Ministries
?Marita?s timely book provides a tool for understanding and celebrating our God-given uniqueness as we journey our spiritual path.?
--Elaine Wright Colvin, director, Writers Information Network
?Should be required reading for all who work in churches, as well as for the rest of us who need to be more tolerant concerning the spiritual uniqueness of each Christian.?
--Janice Elsheimer, speaker and author, The Creative Call, which received the ECPA Silver Medallion
?Warm personal examples and true-life stories make the Personalities come alive.?
--Edna Ellison, author, Woman to Woman: Preparing Yourself to Mentorand Friend to Friend
?Prepare yourself for some intriguing and life-changing ideas.?
--Kathy Collard Miller, speaker and author, Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries
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
The Author 163