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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gotta Have It?

When his publisher offered me a copy of "Gotta Have It!" I felt it sounded like an interesting read. Dr. Jantz's new book has the subtitle, "Freedom from Wanting Everything, Right Here, Right Now." Readers will discover why they crave excessities, learn how to judge their importance and how God can help let go of them. With exercises and Biblical advice, it's a guide I recommend for living in the 21st century.

From the book--

"His timing can be perplexing and even arbitrary. If I understand, feel and experience my need to be so immediate, I can be left to wonder, why doesn't God?"

"When you wait on an excessity, there is no benefit. When you wait on God, however, you realize a host of benefits."

From Publishers Weekly
Jantz (Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders), founder of the Center for Counseling and Health Resources in Seattle, tackles a topic that deals with an inner impulse that every man, woman, and child will understand and relate to. Jantz skillfully handles addictions nd, abuses of every type as he challenges readers to admit they spend far too much time trying to get what they want so that they have no energy left for what they need. The author dissects the power of wants by closely examining deepest human needs for comfort, reassurance, security, validation, and control; he contrasts the human "gotta have it" impulse with the gifts God provides: patience, endurance, contentment, wisdom, hope, help, and even sometimes answers, noting how these things truly satisfy the soul. Strong on biblical principles for handling life's challenges, Jantz offers an insightful and encouraging resource for any person of faith with any sort of tendency toward excess, which could mean just about anyone. This is a timely and nerve-exposing primer of American life today.
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About the book:
Gotta Have It! is every grown-up’s guide for taming the inner two-year-old. Too many people spend so much time trying to get what they want that they have no energy left to get what they need. Dr. Gregg Jantz calls this phenomenon excessity—when excess becomes a “necessity.” Excessities—whether they are activities, behaviors, or objects—promise protection in a difficult world. Yet they never satisfy.
In Gotta Have It!, readers are invited to discover the truth about themselves that is hiding behind their secret desires. With real-life stories and guided sections for self-reflection, Gotta Have It will help readers see life as never before—and delight in the way God longs to fulfill true needs.

From the author's site:

Twenty-five years ago, eating disorder specialist Dr. Gregg Jantz had a vision of Hope. Trained in counseling, he looked at the treatment options available and realized something was missing. In all areas of need – from eating disorders to depression – hurting people went to a doctor, a psychiatrist, a counselor, and a pastor, going from place to place looking for Hope, help and healing from their pain. At each junction, they received help for a piece of the puzzle, but that puzzle often remained unsolved.
Instead of settling for fractured care, Dr. Jantz created The Center, known as "a place of hope". – leaders in whole-person care where people find comprehensive, coordinated care from a treatment team using a whole-person model “inspired healthcare” –addressing medical, physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual factors involved in recovery.

Available now from David C. Cook.

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