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Unraveling the Mystery of the Motivational Gifts: Your Gifts Discovery Manual

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"Walston's Unraveling the Mystery of the Motivational Gifts is an excellent read. Those who are interested, as I am, in understanding the apparently God-given motivational gifts need to read Dr. Walston's work. He does an exemplary job of outlining the various gifts (I'm a prophet/teacher and giver mix), explaining the interactions between those who are motivated differently, and he well describes pitfalls such as things like "gift projecting.

I found the information extremely helpful in my relationship with my wife and even co-workers. Though Walston's thrust is from a religious perspective, as it should be since he dealswith a biblical theory (the scriptural support is intriguing), one need not be a Christian to benefit. I found the information on motivational gifts as helpful as some personality type indicators, e.g., Myers/Briggs. I've used the info in the book on numerous occasions to assist in relationships inside and outside the home. I've read the book a few times already and highly recommend it."

Reviewed by Tyler S. Ramey from Longview, WA., United States

"It's been more than 20 years since I first read the "list" of gifts in Romans 12: 6 - 8, one of several such lists in the Bible. I remember spending much time wondering what my spiritual gift or gifts might be. Having Dr. Walston's book at that time would have helped me grapple with this question.

I have always loved lists, and surveys. I am a sucker for trying to figure out where I do (or do not) "fit" into a paradigm. Consequently, I have always been fascinated by this passage from Romans.

I know that for some, there is no doubt as to what their spiritual gift is. For them, it is so much a part of who they are, and what they do, that pinpointing their gift is a simple matter. But for many, this is not the case. It certainly wasn't for me, 20 years ago.

Unraveling the Mystery of the Motivational Gifts is a great aid to have on hand for this type of study.

Dr. Walston points out that a Motivational Gift is not worked for nor earned. It is given freely by God, and "your gift to God is what you accomplish through the exercise of your gift." He says that Motivational Gifts are not simply natural talents dedicated to God. They are of supernatural origin, fueled by the Holy Spirit. Each Christian has one primary Motivational Gift. Some may have one or two other gifts, to a lesser degree, as well. Dr. Walston believes that to know your spiritual gift, is to have a handle on the will of God for your life.

The author provides a series of 98 questions in his Walston Gift Indicator to help you determine your gift. He stresses that this is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers. Your answers will simply help point you to your areas of gifting. The Gift Indicator is extensive and detailed. It'll take you awhile to complete it, but it's worth the time for the self-revelation it can bring.

And ever the teacher, Dr. Walston includes "Study Questions" at the end of the book, as a review tool to help you in your continuing search for greater understanding.

There are many schools of thought out there on the subject of spiritual gifts. It can be a confusing topic, as contradictory opinions and theories abound. Dr. Walston's book provides a well thought out, and well laid out, approach to the gifts--what they are, how we discern them,what we do with them--which even the most inexperienced and tentative believer will be able to understand."

Reviewed by Jody Smith, Managing Editor for

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Unraveling the Mystery of the Motivational Gifts
Chapter 2: Background to the Motivational Gifts
Chapter 3: An Overview of the Motivational Gifts
Chapter 4: Rose-Colored Glasses
Chapter 5: Gift Projection
Chapter 6: Some Characteristic Traits of the Seven Motivational Gifts
Chapter 7: Biblical Personality Examples of the Seven Motivational Gifts
Chapter 8: The Motivational Gifts in Ministry
Chapter 9: Do Opposites Attract? A Prevailing Myth in Our Culture
Chapter 10: The Walston Gifts Indicator: Determining Your Motivational Gifts
Appendix A: A Review of the Historical Development of the Motivational Gifts Theory
Appendix B: A Brief Theology of The Gifts

Cost & Additional Information

Paperback edition:
$14 (plus $3.75 shipping) for U.S.
$14 (plus $8 shipping) for Canada
$14 (plus $15 shipping) for international orders

Hardcover edition:
$21 (plus $3.75 shipping) for U.S.
$21 (plus $8 shipping) for Canada
$21 (plus $15 shipping) for international orders
ISBN: 1-591602-30-0

Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 240
Publisher: Xulon Pres
Publish Date: October 2002
And . . . Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2005

Dr. Walston will autograph your copy if desired. Just indicate such at the time of your order.

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