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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by David C. Cook
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Fylvia Kline
Jan 11, 2011 Fylvia Kline rated it liked it
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
Aug 04, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it

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
Mandy J. Hoffman
Oct 13, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 21, 2010 Wyndy rated it really liked it
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 origin ...more
Gail Welborn
Aug 20, 2011 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
Sep 08, 2011 Debi rated it really liked it
"Change can be an unsettling process, often involving emotional, physical, and spiritual heavy lifting. It is hard and slow, so patience is required. God expects us to change. He wants us to change. He wants us to move from where we are now to where He wants us to be."

Book goes through a lot of the reasons why we reach out excessively in different areas. For some people, the excess could be food, for others it's work. Whatever it is that we turn to in excess, the reason behind it needs to be exa
Ricky Kimsey
Dec 24, 2015 Ricky Kimsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 14, 2016 V rated it liked it
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.
Nancy Anderson
Dec 27, 2014 Nancy Anderson marked it as free-e-bk
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Jan 08, 2015 Cam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good advice with its basis in Biblical teaching
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.
Jun 05, 2015 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book wasn't quite what I expected. I enjoyed the little prayers at the end of each chapter though.
May 09, 2011 Rosemary rated it liked it
I was hoping for more psychology -- but this is faith based which is OK, but not what I was looking for.
Jun 24, 2010 Margaret marked it as to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
*Thanks to TBBMedia Group for providing a copy for review through FIRST Wild Card.*
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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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