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Book #26 - The New Spirit-Controlled Woman

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Jul. 18th, 2007 | 09:25 pm

Wow. Five stars. Must-read for any woman.

This is a inspirational (Christian) non-fiction book by Beverly LaHaye. I picked it up about six months ago and didn't start it until last week, but once I started it, it only took me four days to finish. That's saying a lot for non-fiction, which tends to drag for me. I seriously underlined about 25% of the book, so there is no way I could pull out my favorite quotes/passages or even give you a decent synopsis. But I will say, I think every woman ought to read this book. I'm buying a copy for my friend italianina and for my mom. I've learned more about myself, my relationship with my husband, and my God from this book than I've learned from any other book, excepting the bible.

So a synopsis. The idea is that there are four temperaments: choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine, and melancholy. Everyone has a temperament that (s)he leans toward, and most have a significant secondary. I am a san-mel. The sanguine means that I'm loud, life of the party, funny, and fun to be around. It also means I'm sarcastic, have an awful mouth, unreliable, and self-absorbed. The melancholy means that I'm analytical, a deep thinker, intelligent, and really into music and art. It also means that I tend to get stuck in really pathetic pity-parties, that I hide from problems, and that I overreact to everything. Of course, these are only a few of the many, many characteristics of each tendency, but I just wanted to give you an idea. It's CREEPY how accurate it is.

Also, there is an interesting part that talks about what it means to be in a relationship with a man who is --fill in temperament here--. That was creepily accurate too, and it really gave me profound insight into my relationship with Tony, and others.

The POINT of the book, is for you to analyze, understand, and accept your tendencies, and then do everything in your power (and everything in the power of the Holy Spirit!!) to overcome your weaknesses. It is REALLY powerful. I am a DIFFERENT person.
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