Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Spirit-Controlled Woman

In her book, The Spirit-Controlled Woman, Beverly LaHaye offers practical insights into the spiritual life of a woman. I do find the title a little deceiving though because only the last chapter is devoted to the topic. A large part of the book deals with the four basic temperaments: sanguine, melancholy, phlegmatic, and choleric. I also find reading about the 12 blends of temperament in the form of Milly MelSan, Molly MelChor, Phyllis PhlegMel, and so on a little distracting. It is nice to personalize by giving them a name, but at the end of the day, I find them confusing.

I do understand from her perspective that knowing our primary and secondary temperaments is helpful, more so when we team with the Holy Spirit to confront our weaknesses. In other words, be dependent on the Holy Spirit for direction in our lives. Through the understanding of temperaments, the book shows how a woman can relate to the people whom she touches, be it at work, in marriage, family, and through serving the church. There is also a chapter on being single.

In my humble opinion, it is not the best book to read on the subject but I must say there are some useful insights. I find Joyce Meyer a better option.