Gotta Have It!
Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now
Gregory L. Jantz (@GregoryJantzPhD)
Available from Christianbook.com for ePub.
I read the Kindle edition.
When I first picked up Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now, I thought it was going to be one of those stop-buying-1,000-pairs-of-shoes kind of books. And it was, but it was different than I expected. Instead of being philosophical about getting rid of stuff, it turned out to be a Christian psychology book focused on overcoming our personal addictions, or excessities, as the author calls them because they are often necessities taken to the excess.
As it turned out, it was a good mistake for me to make because I got a number of things out of it just by reading it. At the end of each chapter there are several pages of exercises and Bible study to help you apply the content to your life directly. I never seem to be able to do these from the places I read my Kindle, so I just read it for now. Later I can intentionally sit at my desk to answer the questions because they look like they’d be beneficial (and a little challenging).
Here’s a brief sample of the good stuff in the book. This portion deals with our impatience with waiting when God makes us wait.
I take comfort in Deuteronomy 7:22, which says, “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Sometimes “little by little” is the way to proceed. In my line of work, we call it by several names—“process,” “journey,” “recovery.” Over the years I’ve come to call it “baby steps.” Little by little allows things to adjust to each new reality. Little by little does involve waiting, but it also very much involves growing, changing, adapting, accepting. When placed in this context, little by little—another way of saying waiting—has tremendous benefit.
–Gregory L. Jantz, Gotta Have It!, quote from Chapter 12: God Provides Hope.
When God has us in a holding pattern, it can seem like we’re not making any progress so I like the idea of thinking of waiting as taking “baby steps.” We can’t jump from here to the future, but we can take baby steps while we wait for God to work things toward that end.
The book covers our need for comfort, reassurance, security, validation, and control. It goes on to show how God provides patience, endurance, contentment, wisdom, hope, help, and answers. So often when we misunderstand these things in our lives, we try to fill the void with something else—coffee, exercise, shopping, or whatever.
I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t admit to at least one area of addiction or excessity so this is a book every Christian could benefit from.
I give Gotta Have It! by Dr. Jantz five cups of love.
|Gotta Have It! – eBook
By Gregg Jantz with Ann McMurray / David C. Cook