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About the Author
Geri Scazzero is the cofounder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, where she serves on staff as a trainer in marriage and spiritual formation. Geri is also a popular conference speaker for church leaders, married couples, and women’s groups, both in North America and internationally. She is the author of The Emotionally Healthy Woman and The Emotionally Healthy Woman Workbook/DVD and coauthor of the bestselling Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course and The Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0 curriculum. Geri, along with her husband, Pete, is the cofounder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. Geri lives in New York City and has four lovely daughters. Connect with Geri on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GeriScazzero).
Peter Scazzero is the founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as 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. Pete and his wife, Geri, are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. They have four lovely daughters. For more information, visit emotionallyhealthy.org, or connect with Pete on Twitter @petescazzero.
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0310320011
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310320012
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.63 x 8.13 inches
- Publisher : Zondervan (January 5, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conceptually, I found this book to be decent if a little on the self-help/psychoanalytic side. As for the writing style - it felt a little stifled like an overview or mere introduction to the ideas. I'd have liked to see more thought given to fleshing out some of the concepts - though I'm unsure how that would've been accomplished. Many of the concepts in this book require self-diagnosis and some serious head/heart work to implement. Meaning, I don't know that more detail within the concept/application sections would have helped.
And as I write this, I realize I am unfairly comparing Geri's writing style with Ann Voskamp's - no one is able to write non-fiction in quite the same beautifully poetic narrative style as Ann. However, like Ann's chapters, I did expect Geri's chapters and concepts to be a bit more beefy - with Biblical and extra-Biblical content referenced that I could sink my teeth into, but many of the Biblical passages in this book/workbook feel like an after thought. I'd have been happier with the overall book had those passages not been referenced since some of the ones that were included didn't feel like they quite fit when the context of the Biblical story was also taken into account. That concern kinda turned me a bit into a defensive reader instead of a trusting one early on. I held each concept that Geri presented at arms length until I could confirm the truth of it. But you know, that's what I should already be doing with every extra-Biblical study I do - so really, she taught me something valuable just in how she presented the book.
There's much to admire in Geri's journey. I don't know many people who are brave enough to make the kinds of changes she's made. I'm not sure how many women are even aware that how they process (or don't process) their emotions is just one more thing that keeps us from being free like God's made us. For someone to get to a point where they're willing to risk displeasure and severe consequences to make dramatic life changes like Geri did... yeah, much of her story is easy to identify with.
The list of "quits" that she presents seem simple and I've heard many of them before, but I know they aren't intuitive or easy. And the level to which a woman is able to even recognize her need to "quit" certain habits is often dependent upon her background and level of maturity. I mean, who doesn't have trouble speaking truth in all situations? What woman doesn't have trouble because she's managing other people's perception of her for fear of rejection or loss or any number of unsavory outcomes?
I'm not sorry I purchased this book or that I joined that women's group. Some of the insights from this study were already a part of the process I consciously began many years ago when I realized I wasn't being authentic even when I was alone and that didn't mesh well with what I was learning about the gospel and the freedom that God's given us as believers. Being able to better express myself - tell the truth in love - will be nice even if it's the only takeaway I get from this book.
One comment about formatting for the ebook version: The tables within the manuscript were difficult to navigate in ebook format - might have been better to put those items into paragraph form instead.
Today, I am taking everything one day at a time. I am committed to be honest with my husband about my true feelings and so is he. It’s a start. We wished we had done this from day one in 1999. Thank you for this book.
Geri Scazzero has lived a life full of painful emotions, but finally found relief through living a more honest life with boundaries. This book is filled with serious considerations and a lot of soul searching.
This is a good book for those who are unfortunately married to workaholic men. Reading this book will give women ideas on how to manage their situations. I feel that this book can bring peace of mind if you put the principles into practice.
Geri's story is a good example of what a pastor's wife has to deal with in modern society. The end of the book is calming because you realize the author has paid her dues and comforts the reader with hope of a more blessed future.
I thought her manifesto was excellent and poetic.
~The Rebecca Review
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I read a review before I decided to read this book that said the tone was resentful but I think the tone was brutally honest and I like that. My only regret is that the title was called The Emotionally Healthy Woman not Person because I know so many guys would benefit from reading this too but may be out of because the title states “woman” - but if you’re a guy reading this, read the book don’t let one word stop you from benefitting from such an incredible book.