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Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews

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 wo

Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by David C. Cook
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Fylvia Kline
The title (the subtitle and the cover art too, for that matter) led me to believe the book was an exposeon the evils of materialism. Well aware of these evils and having never been tempted to keep up with the Jones, I set out to read the book for no other reason but an obligation to review it (I won it on a David C Cook Facebook competitions–which I highly recommend for its fun factor and simplicity).

But by page 5 I realized that my first impressions were wrong (Step up your packaging game, Davi
Mandy J. Hoffman
Oct 13, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You gotta have this book!

This book won't make you feel comfortable. It won't give you warm and fuzzy feelings. In fact, it actually might make you down right mad at times.

And that, my friend, is exactly why you GOTTA HAVE IT!

Gregory L. Jantz has written this book that will make you stop and think about all that you have, or don't have, in life. Not only will he challenge your thinking and what you believe, but if you commit to working through each chapter, you will also sift through ap

What a timely book for the day we live in!

With so many confused about the differences between wants and needs, author, Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, has written a book that helps the reader identify the areas of their life that may be excessive. Not pertaining just to finances, the author addresses a variety of areas where we may find ourselves over-indulging: food, alcohol, drugs, sex, spending, gambling, hobbies, etc.

According to Jantz, when a want becomes “supercharged” it begins to feel like a ne
Jul 21, 2010 Wyndy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you really know the difference between "want" and "need"? The author has arranged the book into 3 sections: Identifying the things that we personally think are wants or needs; Selecting the "true" needs according to God; and how God can provide for those needs in our life today. And these needs don't mean just physical but emotional and spiritual as well for often trying to fulfill a spiritual/emotional need becomes a physical compulsion that never satisfies because it doesn't meet the ...more
Gail Welborn
May 01, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gotta Have It! Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now, By Gregory L. Jantz, PhD w/Ann McMurray, David C. Cook, 2010, 272 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1434766243, $14.99

“Excessity”– a word Seattle author, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz coined to describe “…an overindulgence of any behavior…a coping mechanism that …insulates from a difficult world.” In his new release the author encourages readers to learn the differences between real needs versus wants that become pseudo needs that turn excesses into
Dec 28, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Serious food for thought

I really enjoyed reading this book although at times it hit truths I'd rather not reveal. The topic is excessive living. How do we as believers live in harmony, at peace with God and others, while still pursuing worldly wants to excess? It explores the deep things of want and desire. I was challenged and encouraged by this book.
It was free on Amazon. Quite useful for those trying to achieve balance and moderation with religious (Christian) guidance. It had many useful tips and exercises and it actually inspired me to look for some additional spiritual guidance and moderation (in my own faith)

This isn't a book about material minimalism, the blurb is quite misleading.
Ricky Kimsey
Dec 24, 2015 Ricky Kimsey rated it it was amazing
God Provides For All Needs

The message of this book is that God provides for all your needs. Also to know the difference between needs and wants. Wants are often excesses that become false idols.
Feb 16, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
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Easy to understand and put into practice.
The planting seeds section at the end of each chapter
helped me to dig deeper and apply what I was learning.
A book I will reread and pass on to friends.
I was hoping for more psychology -- but this is faith based which is OK, but not what I was looking for.
Jan 14, 2016 V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prepare to do some soul searching if reading this book as it is intended. Lots of pages which require the use of a separate notebook and journal tools. Good stuff.
Jun 05, 2015 Martha rated it liked it
the book wasn't quite what I expected. I enjoyed the little prayers at the end of each chapter though.
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Paid 1.99 12/27/14.
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“The only way to get what we truly need is to surrender our needs to God.” 0 likes
“An excess, by its very nature, is generally an unwise thing. For us, excess means more than necessary. Excess is what gets us in trouble. Again, a person needs to work but shouldn’t become a workaholic. A person needs clothing but shouldn’t become a shopaholic. A person needs to eat but shouldn’t become a glutton. A glass of wine is fine unless you’re an alcoholic. A simple wager has no harm unless you’re a pathological gambler. A hobby isn’t a hobby if it’s your one true satisfaction in life. Excessities blur the line between something that is fine and something that is over the line. When we’re caught in the spiral of an excessity, we can find it very difficult to judge where that line is and how and when to draw ourselves back from the edge.” 0 likes
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