Personality and Personhood

A Scriptural Guide to Understanding Both

Christian - Non-Fiction
99 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2019
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Author Biography

Donna Silveira is an experienced life coach, holding certifications from Achology – the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, and Coach Training Alliance. She is currently working towards her ICF credential.
Raised in a Catholic family, yet always questioning, she studied the beliefs of various non-Christian faiths, as well as non-Catholic versions of Christianity, ultimately coming home to the Catholic church after years of being immersed in theology.
As a single parent, Donna pursued a career in computer science, as a means of providing for her family, attaining two master’s degrees and spending 15 years designing software in the high-tech industry. With her children successful independent adults, she decided it was time to focus on authenticity and her true calling.
My Transition Coach
Donna is the principal life coach at My Transition Coach, a professional, Christian coaching service that promotes passionate living by helping people find balance in their life. Donna helps her clients organize their lives prioritizing what’s important, setting realistic goals, finding Christ, and actualizing, or maximizing their potential.
Donna can be reached by telephone at (844) 84-COACH or by email at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

“Know yourself” has been a mantra for philosophers, teachers, and anyone who is serious about the human condition since the dawn of civilization. But this simple, two-word statement is harder than its brevity suggests. In fact, it can be a lifetime challenge. I believe the quest to understand yourself and, by extension, others is paramount to the creation of a healthy, balanced life. I believe it can be critical to wealth and success, however differently we may define them. We all need tools in our quest for self-enlightenment and I can think of no tool, no book, or anything else that would be more valuable in this personal quest than Personality and Personhood: A Scriptural Guide to Understanding Both by Donna Silveira. I can’t believe it is so succinct because I got so much out of it. But this brevity is a good thing. Hopefully, it will encourage you to try it.

Despite Personality and Personhood: A Scriptural Guide to Understanding Both being a short read, I find it difficult to say how good it is or how much I got out of it without writing a lengthy college term paper. There was that much knowledge in it. I can tell you that it is very well written. It is very well researched, and very well organized. I think what you should consider most when thinking of reading this book is the fact that Donna Silveira is a life coach. I wrote a piece for a blog once where I suggested that modern education fails us because there isn't a course on how to live life. This book and its author are exactly what a young person needs as they prepare to become a truly functioning contributor to family and society. But you can gain a lot from this book at whatever age you find it.

K.C. Finn

Personality and Personhood: A Scriptural Guide to Understanding Both is a work of non-fiction exploring Christianity and behaviorism, penned by author Donna Silveira. This short but informative volume of self-help literature seeks to assist those who find themselves drawn to particular patterns of behavior and are unable to break those bad routines. Combining the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming with biblical phrases and concepts, the Star Model is formed. It intends to achieve balance for the reader by showing them how to break undesired behaviors, but also realign out of stress and anxiety and into a place of peace with God at their side.

It is unusual to see faith and science married so well together, but author Donna Silveira shows her readers how well you can balance the Christian faith with a deeper psychological understanding of yourself in order to achieve peace. There’s plenty of information in the volume and the psychological and NLP concepts are correctly used, but also explored in innovative ways in relation to common problems such as poor mental health and bad behaviors in reaction to stress. Whether you believe in the Christian side of the exploration or not, the possession of faith and hope alongside a better sense of yourself and your patterns is an excellent path to follow, and this guide is clear and concise in allowing its readers to learn how to do that. Overall, Personality and Personhood: A Scriptural Guide to Understanding Both delivers a lot more than it promises at first glance, and is well worth a read.

Vernita Naylor

Do you sometimes feel that your life is out of balance and you don't know the root cause of it? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to find out why? In Personality and Personhood: A Scriptural Guide to Understanding Both by Donna Silveira, you will work within five chapters from Core Beliefs, and Perception Isn't Everything - Or Is It? to Forgiveness that use scriptures, exercises, and journaling to get you to dig deep within yourself to gain a better understanding of the motives behind your behavior.

As Donna says: "The first issue we face when looking at other people is that we sometimes project intention behind another person’s actions. Typically, we’re wrong about what they had intended. In short, we are not mind readers…consider the idea that no person ever acts with a bad intention…" Do you believe that psychologically this is true or merely your perceived perception of them is true? You will also learn the importance of The Star Model of Personhood which influences your behavior due to its external forces. Do you know what triggers you? This book will have the answers that you seek.

I've learned a lot reading this book and I fully enjoyed it. The interactive process that included scriptures, exercises, and journaling does help to capture the essence of who you are and helps to create a better you. In addition to this book, Donna is a Christian coach and has a passion to help you become better by living your best life with balance. She offers an assessment to help you to determine your strengths and weaknesses. If you're ready for a change, grab a copy of this book and take advantage of the life coach assessment session that she offers; you'll be glad that you did!