Item description for Spirit Controlled Temperament by Tim LaHaye...
Overview A superb treatment of the basic human temperaments and how God can use them, now revised with new chapters and questions for group study.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 21, 1994
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842362207 ISBN13 9780842362207 UPC 031809062203
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More About Tim LaHaye
Dr. Tim LaHaye is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and author. His Left Behind(R) series is the bestselling Christian fiction series of all time. He and his wife, Beverly, live in southern California. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Greg Dinallo is a veteran suspense novelist. He lives with his wife, Gloria, in New York City.
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Tim LaHaye currently resides in the state of California. Tim LaHaye was born in 1926.
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Interesting but there are much better books available Dec 31, 2005
This is an interesting subject and LaHaye has some good insights, but overall this book is underwhelming. For starters, his system of classification and division of the temperaments is not even internally coherent. Then his descriptions of the four temperaments are inconsistent and overlapping. For the best book on temperament and personality type read "Please Understand Me II" by David Keirsey instead. One positive aspect of the book is the combination of psychology and Christianity. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can overcome many of our weaknesses. However, much of his advice is too general or theoretical. For a more practical book combining Christianity and psychology, read "Escaping the Matrix" by Greg Boyd and Al Larson.
Bunk and Heresy Dec 1, 2004
I read this book thirty years ago or so, when as a young Christian I was searching for understanding of myself and others. At the time it helped me face myself and understand some things about my natural strengths and weaknesses. As I studied and grew, I came to understand the ancient and somewhat occult origins of his theory, and had to set it aside as heresy.
A thorough treatment of the occult and heretical origin of his theory is available in book form from PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries. They have a web site with specific information about this book, one of many that add to scriptural teachings about personality and motivation.
I found Kiersey's work on personality type to be more useful to me. Also I have taken a Myers-Briggs test administered by my church and obtained very useful insights. The leadership of my church treats personality variations as phenomena and does not make associations between personality traits and elements of the sinful natute, as LaHaye does, because they think these associations are heresy, that is, a teaching that does not derive from scripture.
LaHaye's system is too crude to be useful for anything except perhaps to stir debate.
I hope Christian home schoolers are not using this book. There are better resources.
Read Huckleberry Finn instead Nov 13, 2004
Remember the King prancing around as a reformed pirate, at the camp meeting out in the woods while the Duke ripped off the print shop back in town? The King made out great that day, 80 dollars and more. LaHaye's made a lot more with this book. The King and the Duke wound up getting tarred and feathered, ridden on a rail. When's Lahaye going to get shown up for what he is? How come 19th Century Arkansaw had more sense than 21st Century Middle America?
It Does More Harm Than Good May 5, 2002
I first read this book 27 years ago. I read the original edition published around 1974. But this edition is no better!
First, LaHaye condemns "negative" human emotions as SINS. This idea comes from late medieval theology, and was implemented by--who else?--John Calvin. LaHaye insists that anger--which he says is the dominant "negative" emotion for the "choleric" temperament--is the fruit of selfishness. At times he confuses selfishness with self-centeredness. He implies that losing one's temper is a sin, and that by being "controlled by the Holy Spirit" a Christian can NEVER get emotionally angry. He also insists that fear of any kind--especially worry--is also sin, and that the root of fear is selfishness.
The second problem with this book's ideas--which are naturally the author's ideas--is that the fruits of the Spirit are positive emotions. LaHaye also teaches the so-called four temperaments as if they are modern-day notions, while they are actually classical in origin and no longer accepted by behavioral scientists.
LaHaye believes in Sola Scriptura--one of the cries of the Protestant Reformation. Yet, he goes outside of Scripture in his dogmatism. What's more, he manipulates Scripture in order to have it say what he wants it to say.
Book worth reading Feb 21, 2002
The minute I got into this book and started reading about the different temperments, I was nodding and saying, "yea, that's me. Oh yea that is me, too." The best part is I often wonder if I could ever change or get rid of my weaknesses. Now I realize that it is a part of my temperment and I don't need to change it but find out how to turn my weaknesses into God's glory.