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Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types [Paperback]

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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 29, 2007
Publisher   Open Door
ISBN  0940136023  
EAN  9780940136021  

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Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types by Chester P. Michael

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael is a Roman Catholic priest who has served as pastor in four different parishes in Virginia and as a seminary rector, has devoted a substantial part of his priestly ministry to spiritual direction. Having taken graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's University, Baltimore, Father Michael went on to become Director of Genesis House, a retreat residence in Richmond, Virginia. He has trained hundreds of women and men to be spirtiual directors through his two-year course of study called the Spiritual Direction Institute.

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Very insightful  Jul 9, 2007
I found this book to be very insightful into personality types and how each relates to prayer. I tried the prayer type recommended for my personality type and found myself moved to tears as I communed with God. This book also helped me to understand other personality types better. The only reason that I don't give it a full 5 stars is that it is written from a Catholic viewpoint, and there were some references in the book that Catholics would know about, but non-Catholics would not, and these references were not explained very well, if at all. But if you can get past that little glitch, this book is well worth reading.
Matching prayer type with M-B Type Indicator  Nov 10, 2006
An excellent review of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, with an opportunity to check one's own type, then find and test a traditional meditation style for compatibility with that type. Good starting suggestions included.
A Lutheran INTJ's review  May 3, 2006
Monsignor Chester Michael is a Roman Catholic Priest, author, lecturer and workshop leader on the topics of spirituality and prayer, and holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology. Marie Norrisey is the editor of "The Open Door Quarterly." The two have collaborated to conduct research on the relationship between the various personality types (according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator) and various forms of prayer; this volume presents the results of this research in a way that is intended to be a practical aid for those desiring to improve their prayer life. The book is divided into three major parts: an introduction to both Myers-Briggs and the Michael-Norrisey prayer research; a presentation of four basic prayer types focusing on what personality type it appeals to and practical examples of such prayer; and finally appendices giving a more detailed description of the personality and spirituality type of the sixteen Myers-Briggs Personality Types.

The authors do well in their recognition that spirituality is not "one size fits all" for the Christian; rather they recognize that because God has created every person to be unique in their personalities, interests, etc., the Church would benefit from the First Article study of how God created people differently, then use this knowledge to more effectively minister to the individual Christian. To this end, Michael and Norrisey have used the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator to research and develop various prayer activities, gather a group of Christians with varying Myers-Briggs personality types, have them engage in many different prayer activities, and ask them which they connected with most, least, etc. Using this information, they have presented four basic forms of prayer that touch on the many personality types, explain why it works for certain people, then give many examples of how to actually use this prayer type to pray.

While at times, the technical terms are not fully explained (or they don't take care to remind the reader of certain terms), such is the nature of a complex book of this sort. Nevertheless, the authors would do well to "dumb it down a little" or more clearly define their intended reader and his background in theology/psychology/sociology. These authors probably assume more than is actually the case.

Michael and Norrisey are strong in their understanding of personality types and do excellent work in the development and testing of prayer types, but they are weak in their theology of prayer. They describe the purpose of prayer as "where we make contact with the inner world of the spirit, where God dwells (92)," and "to establish a personal relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit...[and] to bring us to an experience of a union of love with the person of God (102)." These quotes indicate that the authors a) view spiritual development though prayer is something for which the Christian is primarily responsible (discounting the work of God), b) believe prayer should be primarily evaluated individually based on subjective feelings and only secondarily on things like theological content, c) the purpose of prayer is primarily for self-benefit and other aspect of prayer like intercession, and adoration are only important if they advance the primary purpose, d) prayer is not communication with God, but is rather self-exploration, reflection, coming to an understanding of theological truths, and e) discounts the efficacy and importance of collective, liturgical prayer, and working toward unity in the Body of Christ.

Particularly troublesome are Michael's and Norrisey's application of prayer forms to the ultimate act of Christian unity: Holy Communion. Michael and Norrisey tend to advise the presiding minister to emphasize certain aspects of this sacred act for the benefit of the various personality types. This argument is based in the previously mentioned (and probably inaccurate) idea that spirituality is the work of the individual achieved through introspection. Rather Holy Communion is totally the work of God who blesses the Christian through his Body and Blood by giving him increased faith, forgiveness of sins, and a stronger state of unity with his fellow believers; this is objective based on the work of God, not subjective based on fluctuating human emotion. While pastors should strive to instill in their parishioners a proper understanding and appreciation for Holy Communion, it should not be done in a "have it your way" liturgy that bends over backwards to accommodate the individual "consumer."

While I do have problems with the theology, theology is not the primary thrust of this book, it is the introduction and analysis of new and personalized prayer forms. In this primary purpose, the authors have done exceedingly well. They have given me much to ponder, try, and otherwise apply. Thus, I recommend this book and may even use it as the basis of a Bible Study in the future.
Wrong descriptions of myers brigg types please r/o  Aug 6, 2005
I read this book and I read a lot of books on Myers Brigg types. Some of the descriptions are right but a lot are not on the money. For example: INFP and ENFJ are the less creative types who want formal types of prayer. (Then on another page, INFP's want spontaneous prayer - Augustine or Franciscan type of prayer?) Horrible book. There are other books that explain the Myers Brigg types more accurately.
An Insightful Journey  Oct 29, 2001
If one considers that "prayer is a gift", then this book is the instruction manual on how to use this wonderful, blessed gift that God has bestowed to each of us! This book contains the ingredients for developing a rich, rewarding, and personal prayer-relationship with God. Beckoning the reader on a journey filled with discovery and enlightenment the book begins with a brief review of the history and the development of the theory of temperaments. The works and findings of Carl Jung, David Kiersey, Katherine Briggs, and Isabel Briggs are discussed relevant to personality temperaments and types. Departing from stereotypical and antiseptic views of personality types, the author weaves descriptions of Kiersey's four basic temperaments of human behavior with Christian spirituality and prayer. At the conclusion of the journey, the reader is equipped to begin a new journey; one of self-revelation, growth, and discovery, filled with wonder and respect for all whose various temperaments are woven into the canvas of our lives.

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