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Book Synopsis: Gotta Have It!

by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD

7/16/2010

Are you spending so much time trying to get what you want that you have no energy left to get what you need? each of us has a “never enough” activity, food, or behavior – and we’re ready to throw a grown up tantrum when we don’t get it.

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz calls this phenomenon excessity – when our excesses become “necessities.” Excessities are our reward, our coping mechanism, and the illusory answer to pain. We feel we need their pleasure to insulate us from a difficult world. Yet the more we starve, what we really need – such as purpose, hope, and security – the greater our hunger grows for what will never satisfy.

In “Gotta Have It!” you are invited to discover the truth that is hiding behind your secret desires. With real life stories and sections for self reflection “Gotta Have It!” will help you see your life as never before – and delight in the ways god is longing to fulfill your true needs.

What people are saying about the book:

“Gregg Jantz’s coined word, excessity, pushes readers to examine what drives them to real-but-extreme wants and yearnings. As he points out, if we don’t have our true needs met, the drug of excessities deadens our pain in our failed attempts to find happiness.”
Cecil Murphy, speaker and co-author of the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven

“This book will help just about anyone identify three core life issues—what you want, what you really need, and what God provides. When these three compass points are aligned, it’s easier to live a life full of contentment, peace, and satisfaction.”
Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the America Association of Christian Counselors

“Are you burdened, discouraged and worn down? Are you tired of the neve-ending crusade to aspire, struggle to achieve and strain to attain? Dr. Gregg Jantz masterfully exposes the subtle lure of life’s ‘excessities,’ their corrosive impact on mind, body and spirit, and provides a simple yet effectual guide to freedom, health and peace!
Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., Christian psychiatrist, speaker, radio personality, and author of Could It Be This Simple?: A Biblical Model for Healing the Mind

“This is a very helpful book that exposes our excessities (when excesses become necessities) in areas such as food, alcohol, caffeine, electronics, shopping, exercise, hobbies, gambling, sex, relationships, and money. It also provides biblically-based solutions for overcoming excessities, centered in God and what He provides: patience, endurance, contentment, wisdom, hope, help, and answers.”
Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, professor of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and senior pastor, First Evangelical Church Glendale

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