- Paperback: 227 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc; Reprint edition (May 10, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849946425
- ISBN-13: 978-0849946424
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 317 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life in Christ Paperback – May 10, 2011
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About the Author
Peter Scazzero is the founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, NYC, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete is now a teaching pastor/pastor-at-large. He is the author of two best-selling books: The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the author of The EHS Course and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day.
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I think this book is must reading for all Christians, especially church leaders (pastors, teachers, small group leaders, etc.) because I think most interpersonal relationships, marriages, families, and thus churches live in this reality Scazzero calls "false peace." In the book he gives various examples from his life, and others lives - as well as many biblical examples of how to identify these real emotional and sinful tendencies, and how to correct them through the biblical disciplines.
For example - I have discipled numerous men over the years (as a pastor and professional life coach) who know the Bible well, but their relationships are a mess. Sometimes they have a ton of repressed anger inside, or are trying to "make up" for the approval they never received at home, or they have an incurable "lust" problem, etc. Ultimately, all these "realities" are typically below the surface in the discipleship process - and never dealt with. We give people more verses; more lists of dos and don'ts, and continue to live in this realm of false peace.
Scazzero builds a great case in the book for identifying personal and generational sin, and gives excellent tools for grappling with, and overcoming these areas of sin with the help of God's Word and the Holy Spirit. I can't recommend this book (and the workbook that goes with it) highly enough. I think if Christians and churches (he's also written a book called the Emotionally Healthy Church with a workbook that goes with it) want to really become healthy and rid the false peace and barriers that have been built up over time, you can't do any better than to read and work through this book.
My wife and I have read this book and gone through the workbook at least four times, and it has been absolutely life transforming. Along with R.C. Sproul's the "Holiness of God," and Peter Kreeft's ("Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing") and Randy Alcorn's books on Heaven - this book has radically changed my thinking and behavior - and has helped me repent of, and deal with sin in my life in a way that few books have helped me to do. I think every Christian should read this book more than once and go through the workbook with another person, or several people (small groups are ideal - especially if they are a close knit small group).
As a pastor and church leader for many years I also recommend that staff's, elders, and ministry teams go through this book for healthier teams that will radically benefit the body of Christ for good. If I could give this a higher rating than a five I would - this book is one of the greatest gifts of God's grace I've received - it has helped me in all of my relationships - with God, other believers, and those who have yet to believe - and taken me to a deeper level in all these relationships than I ever thought possible.
After describing the problem and symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality Scazzero gives us as an outline of a life that balances contemplative spirituality (consciously living one's life in God's presence) and our daily activity. Following that are several chapters on different aspects of reaching emotional and spiritual health: Accepting and understanding your emotions and understanding your "true self". Healing the wounds of past experiences that hinder emotional and spiritual health. Dealing with the experience of your life hitting a "wall" in upheavals beyond your own control to remedy and the feeling that life has passed you by. Grieving over past mistakes and losses in life rather than trying to "stuff" them and pretend they no longer matter. The proper place of sabbath rest, recreation and refocusing on God throughout each day. Learning to love well. Developing a "Rule of Life" to help you be more conscious of, and intentional about, your spiritual and emotional growth.
This is a very good book for individuals and groups to spend significant time studying and applying. I also recommend the companion book by the same author, Begin the Journey with the Daily Office (or the newer edition: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Daily Office) for those who have had trouble developing a habit for fixed times of prayer throughout the day. This book is a very good start and follows the themes in Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Very few people live well on one meal a day (even if it's a large one). More small meals a day keep your body supplied better. The same is true of time spent with God.