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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
Narrated by: Kevin Archer
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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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.

©2005 Art Bennet and Laraine Bennet (P)2015 Sophia Institute Press
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Exceptional in its accuracy and comprehensive in its explanations, I don't know of another book that will show you what temperament combination you are and how to live with other combinations all with the goal of getting closer to God.

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  • 29-09-2016

Much more valuable for my Catholic Friends

What did you like best about The Temperament God Gave You? What did you like least?

Great study on Temperaments; Thorough and well supported with examples. There were several editing errors: mostly flubbed lines that were re-read, but the flubbed lines were not removed.

The author's strong reliance to Catholic doctrine and traditions was distracting for me, a evangelical Protestant. Would have appreciated more reference to bible characters and less to "Saints"

What do you think your next listen will be?

Looking for personal growth, so will probably just browse.

What three words best describe Kevin Archer’s performance?

Clear, precise and well-paced

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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  • Kevin Bethea
  • 29-02-2016

A must read on the temperament 4

Good book on learning about the human temperament as it relates to the gifts that God has given to us all.

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  • Buyer
  • 12-11-2018

MUST READ-OUTSTANDING!

MUST READ-OUTSTANDING!! Truly changes your perspective on life and your interactions with others. LOVE LOVE!

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  • Fr
  • 07-09-2017

Great book

Very easy listen. Greatly helpful for self-knowledge or for counselling. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to improve or help others.

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  • nate fox
  • 07-08-2017

Complete self guide self-help self-awareness

first step of holiness is self-awareness
figure out your temperament and get along with others. great stories of saints and real life people

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-2020

Eye opening

Loved every chapter. I learnt so much about myself and others. I'll be revisiting it

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  • Oz
  • 14-02-2020

Useful tool for self-reflection

I think it's important for everybody to have some insight into the subject of human psychology, behaviour and personality. It's not the case that. your temperament is correct everybody else is deficient as many Mayfield if they are on a particular personality type stop this is a useful introduction into the subject.

I have a lot to say. Hey, but one quibble. To which I cannot ignore... I hate how the narrator puts R's into words that don't have them. FaRRther. IdeaRR. Really annoying.