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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleashing the Power of Authentic Life in Christ

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Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though he was pastor of a growing church, he did what most people do: Avoid conflict in the name of ChristianityIgnore his anger, sadness, and fearUse God to run from GodLive without boundaries
Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integra
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Hardcover, 227 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Integrity Publishers (first published 2006)
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Bobby
The book is fully based on rumors. There are no opinions of the author. Only rumors and rumors again. I’m tired of religion and I pay attention to books without religion more. But Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleashing the Power of Authentic Life in Christ very disappointed me. After this book I’ve expected to understand spirituality deeper than now. Of course the best book is about this topic I’ve read is “a crossing or the drop's history" by Anatoliy Obraztsov “. I hope next books of Pet ...more
Alex Stroshine
I heard Peter Scazzero earlier this year speak at a conference (he co-presented with his wife and I was deeply impressed with how the two worked together and rely on each other as a marital team). His seminar was excellent and so I was looking forward to reading his most famous book. It did not disappoint.

Scazzero wants Christians to be "emotionally healthy." He acknowledges that feelings can be fickle and heedlessly following our emotions is dangerous, but he also wants believers to be true to
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Liz
I rank this as one of my 'must-reads' for anyone in full-time ministry. Too often the church emphasizes spiritual prowess and maturity in giftings; too often emotional maturity, specifically the ability to healthily express emotions, to be vulnerably ourselves, to communicate well and handle conflict, is overlooked or devalued.

My spiritual formation background comes from a do-oriented, not a be-oriented culture; consequently, I often find my spiritual maturity stands on wobbly legs because of un
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Julie (julie37619)
So this is a book that I read for therapy, because, just in case you are unaware, I have issues. When my therapist recommended it I was highly skeptical, but also kind of desperate because it was during a particularly difficult bout of depression. So I picked it up and then avoided reading it for several months because anything with the word "spirituality" in the title just makes me leery.

I am not a "spiritual" person. "Spirituality" to me sounds vague and unspecific and trendy and New Age. I l
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Jeff
There are many things to like about this book. The author makes a number of helpful observations for sure. The main thesis that it's impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature seems intuitively obvious. I guess one problem lies in the fact that not many of us understand ourselves as being emotionally immature. I like that the author links spiritual maturity with capacity and action to love. I'm just a little uncomfortable with the proposition that contemplative spir ...more
Sarah
Well, I got about 20 pages into this one, which I almost didn't.

Despite a promising title, the cover of the book had a few red flags: "Unleash a revolution in your life in Christ!" I don't really know what that means, despite it being the sort of phrase of buzzwords that has surrounded me for years, and the words "unleash" and "revolution" paired with "life in Christ" made my skin crawl. The tagline on the front, "it's impossible to be spiritual mature, while remaining emotionally mature" had a
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Tara
I found this book very helpful. Prepare to take a lot of notes, because there's a lot to it. Some of the topics/chapters don't really seem to be connected, but in the end, Scazzero wraps it all together pretty nicely. I do think that this book has the potential to be more helpful for some people than others, mostly those who didn't grow up in a Christian home/grew up in a dysfunctional home and are in the process of re-learning things in accordance with faith. The testimonial stories, Scripture ...more
Greg Baughman
This is an odd book. I really enjoyed it, and I think it was of great benefit for me, but the theology behind it is problematic at best. There is a sort of pseudo-Gnostic tendency in the book as those who have gone through the "wall" (a vaguely defined spiritual crisis) are able to be healthy spiritually, while those who have not are not. There is the affirmation of Wesleyan perfectionism (which, I suppose, is fine if you are, well, a Wesleyan). Most troubling of all, though, is the lack of atte ...more
Rachel
good book with some interesting points. I think that very often in Christian communities we amputate emotion from our lives because it is not 'Christian'. Peter Scazzero addressed that point which I really appreciated. He also didn't make it seem like he had it all together and had plenty of anecdotes (stories from his life mostly) about how we all mess up. I like when things are told through stories, but if you're a 'list' sort of person he had those too.
Really it was great to have someone stan
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Amy
Cheesy title, but a thorough and instructive book. He talks about how we as Christians want to mature spiritually, but our past and family of origin deeply affect how we interact with others and manage our lives. He talks about how as Christians we feel like any negative emotion is a sin, so we don't know how to handle them and end up burying them. "Our fear of bringing secrets and sin into the light, however, drives many people to prefer the illusion that if they don't think about it, it someho ...more
Jane Glen
An outstanding book- one of few that I would recommend for every Christian. Scazzero explores the truth that even as believers, we are still bound up in our past and in emotional wounding. Only when we deal with the emotional aspect of our lives, can we truly embrace our spirituality.
Greg
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We have just finished reading this book as a church, with a preaching series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPznL.... We worked through the additional workbook each week after the sermon in our small group discussions.

There were many people who have given positive feedback and were excited about the way their lives have changed as a result of what they are learning about themselves and God. Only time will tell if there will be lasting changes, but my prayer is that there will be.

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Jeff
This is an eminently practical book for people who need to learn how to find a sustainable pace in ministry and/or are looking for Christian discipleship to change their hearts, minds, and emotional life.
Mike
It was a good book, I would like to read it again. There were some pieces that felt like they pertained to me and I had never heard them the way Scazzero puts it which was refreshing.
Luke Evans
Great book. Should be a must-read for all pastors for sure, and probably for all Christians. I learned a lot about myself.
Good mix of practical application and theological reflection.
Mary Sauer
In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Scazzero asserts that many Christians are unable to experience spiritual maturity due to their emotional immaturity. He states that family background, personal history, and a lack of guidance (among other things ) are the factors that contribute to emotional immaturity. He then spends the rest of the book giving instruction on moving toward emotionally healthy spirituality. His argument for the need for emotional maturity is very convincing, but I wanted more ...more
Steve Penner
I have to admit that my typical reaction to the offerings of Christian publishing companies in the non-fiction realm goes something like, "This stupid 200 page book could have been written in 35. They need better editors!" I'm happy to say that this book does not suffer that judgment. Actually I looked forward to every page until the very last. Would have read more.

Essentially this book distills down my 25 years of ministry into a very readable and practical summary of how to truly grow spiritua
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Chris
May 12, 2009 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christains new to the way of discipleship
Shelves: healing
It is sad that so many Christians who are mature in age do not show maturity in emotion or Spirit. I have been in many a contentious church asking, “Where are the fruit of the Spirit?” Peter Scazzero attributes the lack of lasting change in people of faith to lack of growth in emotional maturity. I agree that it is impossible to be spiritually mature and emotionally immature. In deed is there even a difference? Are not emotions spiritual? Can one be emotionally mature with out being spiritually ...more
Paul Dubuc
This is a very helpful book. Peter Scazzero draws from many different sources and presents their content in easily digestible form. The issues he deals with are very important ones for any Christian who wants to grow spiritually into the Christlike person that God intended him or her to be. The basic premise of the book is that it's impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature (though it often does work the other way around). Those who want to grow spiritually must gr ...more
Dave Courtney
There is no question for me that there are some portions of this book that are phenomenal and, practically speaking, incredibly active in helping to pull back the curtain of emotional despair, shed a light on it's root and lead us to an active response. While it does give off a sense of being somewhat dated in parts, the material overall remains rooted in a faithful (and challenging) examination of scripture balanced with reality tested activity that is brought together under the guidance of the ...more
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Per Fran Lamattina:
Deeper study for groups that want to grow in self-awareness, deal with past pain and discover a practical guide for developing spiritual disciplines like active prayer life and sabbath rest. Excellent resource to aid in deeper personal spiritual growth

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Per Sue Bates:
This is one of those core studies that deals with self-awareness and false self, and how to move past it, deve
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Matt
This book has come along at a needed time in my life. For the first half of the book, my thoughts were "I've heard all of this before." I breezed through Scazzero's advice on contemplation and silence - all admonitions that I have heard plenty of from Richard Foster and Dallas Willard. But then chapters six and seven, confronting loss and moving forward from grief, spoke to me at this particular place of my life. Scazzero's emphasis on Sabbath I had heard before in the writings of Eugene Peterso ...more
Valerie
Jesus' translation of a light, easy yoke may have read, "I have crafted a life for you, a yoke for you to wear that perfectly fits who you are. It is light and easy, I promise."

NIV and The Message fruits of the spirit:

Love - Affection for others
Joy - Exuberance about life
Peace - Serenity
Patience - A willingness to stick with things
Kindness - A sense of compassion in the heart
Goodness - A conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people
Faithfulness - Involved in loyal commitments
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Mikejencostanzo
Reading this book has been life-changing for me. It caused me to look at the relationship between emotional health and spiritual maturity in a new way. Reading this book was like water to my soul in the context in which I initially read it. I was in a Christian work environment where a lot of boundaries were being stepped on by inconsiderate managers, and yet, I was being encouraged by my immediate supervisors to "just assume the best" and "give them the benefit of the doubt.'' I was quoted scri ...more
Matthew Green
It's interesting to compare this book to Scazzero's previous. It demonstrates the author's growth and development in many respects, as there is less of a sense of frantic-ness and urgency to this later book. He seems to have become more settled in his spirit.

At the same time, The Emotionally Healthy Church seemed a bit more coherent and connected in the development of Scazzero's argument. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality seems to jump from thought to thought, and while they're all good thoughts
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Tim
Jan 07, 2008 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
To be spiritually mature, we must also be emotionally mature.

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We cannot be emotionally immature and be spiritually mature.

This is the premise of this book. That we can not divide ourselves well enough to think that we can strive for spiritual maturity if we don't have the ability to develop, sustain relationships in a healthy way.

It's a good book that manages to mostly break free from the typical 'Christian pop psychology self help' genre. The greatest thing I took away from it was his direct
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J
Despite the horribly cheesy, self-help sounding title, this is a nice little book on merging the contemplative spiritual life with psychological and relational maturity. I think every serious Christian needs to read it. The workbook has exercises that I actually find helpful, and I hate workbooks. Reading this with my women's bible study, which greatly enhances the experience - I'd recommend reading this with at least a couple of other people, so you get good reminders we're all crazy in some wa ...more
Emily
I really appreciated this fresh look at spirituality. Scazzero is honest and humble in his approach, and he realizes that spirituality is, and should be, connected to our emotions. He understands that we are image-bearers, and in so being, our emotions are God-gifted and shouldn't be (as so often is taught in Christian circles) ignored or deemed sinful. Scazzero lost me a bit toward the end of the book when he tackles issues such as The Daily Office and developing a "rule of life." He didn't los ...more
Karen
This is a powerful book that every Christian should read! It took me several months to read it, mostly because there was so much "meat" that I wanted apply in my own life and meditate on that I took detailed notes throughout the book. It is definitely not a difficult read, and there is lots of practical advice on how to have an active and authentic relationship with Christ. I particularly appreciated the way the author emphasized the importance of both emotional and spiritual health, noting that ...more
Tiina
good primer for spiritual growth

Well organized and thought out book for those wanting to grow in their spiritual life or lead others. Don't agree with all his conclusions but that does not take away from the usefulness of the book
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