Gotta have it! : freedom from wanting everything RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, with Ann McMurray

Gotta have it! : freedom from wanting everything RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, with Ann McMurray
David C. Cook (2010)
ISBN 9781434766243
Reviewed by Joseph Yurt for Reader Views (11/10)


“Gotta have it!: freedom from wanting everything RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW” squarely targets Christian readers with the author’s personal take on the age old “money can’t buy happiness” conundrum. The author, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, is the founder of the Center for Counseling and Health Resources and author of several self-help titles.

In this book Dr. Lantz references his notion of “excessity – when our excesses become necessities.”  He contends that we contract excessities as a result of a lack of clear focus on striving to find out what will truly make us happy. So, “stuff,” modern chemistry, and obsessive behavior become ways to cope with the situation. Dr. Lantz devotes the bulk of the book to breaking down the seeming catch-22 of the problem.

The author relies heavily on pointed self-assessment and evaluation and every chapter concludes with a planting seeds section that helps the reader reflect on what they can give up so that they can “have more.”  Dr. Lantz is quick to point out in his Introduction that he uses the word we a lot because “As a human being who also confuses the line between wants and needs, I’m right there with you.”

Dr. Lantz also makes extensive references to scriptures, which for non-Christian readers might seem like one of the author’s own personal excessities as a writer.  For some, it might even cause a major disconnect. But, in all fairness, the book is clearly positioned as a Christian title. And, there is much beneficial content in the book for a secular reader that makes it worth the effort to get past the biblical references.

The problem “gotta have it!” addresses is chronic, and the book offers a hard look at the current state of the phenomenon in our society today. It would seem that there is much in this book that will benefit those who are ready to seriously evaluate the issue of their own “true happiness.”

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