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The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along with Others, and Growing Closer to the Lord [Paperback]

Art Bennett , Laraine Bennett

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Nov. 1 2005
Unlock the secret of your personality and learn how to be a better spouse, parent, friend, & Christian!

All of us are born with distinct personality traits. Some of us live for crowds and parties; others seek solitude and time for quiet reflection. Some of us are naturally pushy, while others are content just to get along. We don.t pick and choose these traits; they.re just part of the way we.re made.

For in the womb God doesn.t merely mold our body; He also gives us the temperament that, all our days, colors our understanding, guides our choices, and serves as the foundation of our moral and spiritual life.

Ancient philosophers identified four basic temperaments, and over the centuries, countless wise souls have used these four to understand human nature. Now comes The Temperament God Gave You, the first Catholic book on the subject in 70 years. Here veteran Catholic counselor Art Bennett and his wife Laraine provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling science, and Catholic spirituality: a rich understanding of the temperaments and what they mean for you and for your family.

Drawing on decades of study, prayer, and practical experience, Art and Laraine show you how to identify your own temperament and use it to become what God is calling you to be: a loving spouse, an effective parent, and a good friend. Best of all, they give you a Catholic understanding of the four temperaments that will bring you closer to God and help you discover the path to holiness that.s right for you.

Peace. Happiness. Holiness.

You.ll find yourself growing in each of these qualities as you come to understand . and learn to use as you should . the temperament God gave you.


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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933184027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933184029
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best for the money July 4 2005
By JOY - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read just about every book on the subject of temperaments and this one is "hands down" the best. It's an easy read, and it covers all the nuances of the four basic temperaments to my delight - and the frustration of my phlegmatic husband [read the book!]. I read paragraphs to the kids at the dinner table and it started a funny and fruitful discussion about what makes each of us tick. Other books define and give examples but this is the only one I've seen that includes what really matters --how our temperaments help us love other and come closer to God.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide to getting to know yourself! Aug. 30 2005
By Mutien Marie - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed how this book brought in the important aspects of one's life into the temperament profile: especially the spiritual strengths and weaknesses specific to each temperament. It also came with an extensive test at the end where you can determine which of the four temperaments you are, as well as your secondary temperament. It really opened my eyes to my own natural inclinations, and the habits of family members! (written 2005)

Update 2013- Still one of my favorite books!! I've lent this to family members, my co-workers, even my boss (he passed it on to his wife, and she passed it on to her friend). One of my friends kept my original copy, and I had to get another one! The info from the book continues to be a great way for me to understand myself and others... and to appreciate our differences.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Talking About It! Oct. 4 2005
By S. Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd like to go with 6 stars for this book which I can't stop talking about. The words choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and - woe is me - melancholic have carved a permanent place in our vocab. A fun read and very user friendly for the layman who wants a better understanding of human relationships.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a MUST read! Feb. 18 2006
By Diana Pascoe - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a GREAT BOOK! I'm a homeschooler and this is really helping me to understand my 4 boys' temperaments, especially how to approach them the right way regarding their schoolwork. You think you know your children and then you read this and realize just how much you need to learn. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! Jan. 4 2007
By N. Hellerstedt - Published on Amazon.com
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Do you ever wonder why two people could be in the exact same situation but react totally differently? This helps explain it. This book was so dead-on to my temperament that I felt like they had done an interview with my subconscious. It's quick and interesting read. You'll end-up using it as a reference book.

This book also explains how to relate to differing temperaments and has truly opened my eyes to the way my loved ones "tick". It also has great tips for the work environment. Most importantly it has helped me pin-point the style in which I should approach my relationship with God.

If you know anyone who is engaged...A MUST READ!

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