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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your 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 Christianity
Ignore his anger, sadness, and fear
Use God to run from God
Live without boundaries

Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integrat
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 29th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2006)
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Oct 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Julie G
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cindy Rollins
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
My sister sent me this book. She knows my TBR list is long so she is often patient with me on these things, and I do so hate to feel pressure to read a book NOW. But I picked this up one morning and spent the next few weeks reading little bits at a time. I found it refreshingly helpful. Nothing really profound here, but encouragement for areas I was already beginning to pursue such as adding The Book of Common Prayer readings to my life. I think the next thing I want to do is add more intentiona ...more
Christina Stidham
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
My general impression of the book was not positive. The author ends with some decent suggestions (such as false peacemaking and viewing others as people and not as objects), but overall his basic premise, that we must know ourselves to know God, is false. Yes, there are some good suggestions for working together with others and in looking at our lives, but it is almost all based on writings of mystics or monks, and not so much on the Bible. Our focus should be on God, and we should find ourselve ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I confess I didn't read the whole thing. I got half way through and didn't need to go further. What he writes about combining emotional health with contemplative practices is by no means new and his theology is bad. Henri Nowen is a much better source. ...more
Alex Stroshine
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
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
Sarah Hyatt
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giving-up
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 spiritually mature, while remaining emotionally mature" had
Jason Kanz
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I had not heard of Peter Scazzero's Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (2006) until a few months ago when a pastor friend of mine mentioned it in passing. Since then, when I have shared that I was reading this book, many friends and acquaintances told me how excellent it was. I am not sure why they left me in the dark so long.

As a pastor of a church, Scazzero was trying to lead through pure effort with no attention to his emotional life. Only when his relational life began to fray at the edges di
Jillian Saldaña
My leader prefaced this book by saying, “His own wife left the church he was Pastor of, because of the lack of emotional heath.” I was hooked, and also thoroughly impressed with Peter Scazzero’s wife, Geri. From beginning to end, this book honestly digs at you. It prompts you to be more aware of self, and to set out truthful ways of making your soul and heart more mature through God’s love. The content was so rich, but the practicality of it all is what I treasure most. I hope to keep copies of ...more
Jenny Wood
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2020 - Still so much to learn! Glad I cracked this one open again...

2019 - Loved working through this book as part of the Emotionally Healthy Discipleship course. Great blend of deep insights, practical skills and spiritual direction. Very accessible - even for those who haven’t done any real “emotional work” before.

This is one I’ll pass around and return to, for sure!
Porter Sprigg
Fairly similar to the book Inside Out I read earlier this year. 5 stars for its ability to diagnose our emotional spiritual problems but only 3 stars for its proposed practical solutions which seemed too vague for me.
Paige Johnston
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has revolutionized my spiritual walk and understanding of spirituality. I’d recommend it to pretty much anyone wanting to grow from the complacency of modern Western christianity.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
"Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature."

Great book.

Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
This book offers a lot of good advice, but fails to ground itself in Scripture. Instead, the author seems to prefer the traditions of several monastic societies. While he quotes Godly men, he leaves their quotes either open for interpretation or interprets them through his worldview. I also find his writing style a bit sloppy and cumbersome. I read the updated 2017 version, and it still lacks much-needed editing. This is not a book I would ever recommend, but I still encountered some soul-search ...more
Logan Price
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinda wild it took 23 years and this book for me to realize how my emotional maturity impacts my spiritual maturity. Scazzero is honest, compassionate, and biblical in his expression of this idea. This is an especially good read for guys (or anyone) like me, who's had trouble understanding how to express and understand difficult emotions.

Favorite Quote: God may be screaming at us through our physical body while we look for (and prefer) a more "spiritual" signal. The reality is that often our bod
Bojan Ostojić
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book to anyone who fills stuck in their honest pursuit of God. The author's unapologetic honesty is refreshing. His critique of the modern-day western church is in my opinion very founded. I believe that emotional health is a topic most church members and leaders would rather avoid.

I've personally experienced many things described in this book - how I used my faith as an additional layer to prevent me from growing up emotionally.

The author puts a strong emphasis on the family
Aaron Sandford
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first half or so of this book I thought was good but not as in depth as works with similar guidance I've read from Curt Thompson and Dallas Willard. But the second half is really rich with practical advice and, for me, successful in presenting a compelling vision of a balanced and vibrant life. ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word.

I can't explain how much this book has meant to me. So much about my heart, my soul, and my brain have grown in healing since I began it eight or nine months ago. It was like meeting with a therapist who helped me dig deep into my soul and realize that seemingly small wounds from the past affect the way I live my life now in huge ways. It helped me begin figuring out how to heal.

Reading this book over a long period of time made it so that every chapter pertained to where I was in my
Jessica Gillies
Quite a few of the reviews on here commented that this book was not so flash theologically; I don't feel qualified to comment on that, nor comfortable rating the book for that reason. What I did enjoy about this was that it gives the reader permission address, rather than ignore and repress, their emotions- including the more negative ones. As someone who has been hurt by a church's interpretation of mental health issues in the past, this (alongside to be open and honest about doubts and struggl ...more
Hunter Beless
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book per the recommendation of someone who said that second to the Bible, this was their favorite book of all time. I listened to about 25% of the book before calling Audible an asking for a refund. At best, I found it boring. At worst, I disagreed with some of the ways in which the author utilized Scripture to make his points. This is being tucked away on the "just-couldn't-do-it" shelf. ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had a few good points throughout, and some ideas for improvement, but most seemed to only scratch the surface of the topic. Overall, it seemed as if the book was more geared toward a preparation for getting into a deeper small group study through the related material on the subject. Still liked the book, but would have preferred a little more depth on the various subjects mentioned.
Sarah Malone
There are some solid thoughts and sentences in this book, but the overall ideas seem to get lost in the authors wordiness. I think the author took his personal life experiences and the way he resolved them, then used Scripture to support that. There are some good practices that he suggests, but they're not from the Bible. ...more
Johnna Boone
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think he has good principles in the book and it reminds me that I have far to go and grow. By far my favorite chapter was the one on the sabbath. I didn’t give it a 5 because sometimes I would question how he uses scripture- in my opinion, they were sometimes taken out of context.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
there's a thin balance between self-help and biblically-based advice. and it's an increasingly widening tightrope that Christian authors continue to toe. Scazzero joins the crowd and then sprints ahead of the pack.

it's evident from the book's beginning - there's a cavernous imbalance between quoting mystics, saints, pastors and quoting the Bible - and the final tally is not in the Apostle Paul's favor. beyond this, the 'must pay for the workbook' scheme is a little too money/bestselling author-
Josh Robinson
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Though I don’t agree with Scazzero on 100% of what he writes, I still think this book is incredibly helpful. It also exposes readers to a much broader conversation that has been happening among the one, holy, Catholic Church for 2,000 years.
Jake Moertl
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
An honest account of Pete’s experience, struggles, and breakdowns through not going into the past to move forward as a follower of Christ. Pete does a good job replacing many of the mainstream, watered down approaches to a life with Christ, with a robust understanding of becoming a student of ourselves, others, and God.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a helpful book. Scazzero contends that most discipleship models fail to lead people into deep transformation because they leave deep parts of our lives and relationships untouched. What he prescribes is a combination of contemplative spirituality and practical skills for developing emotional maturity. While there are places where I think the author builds on thin or misguided exegesis of Scripture, and while I wish there was stronger theological/gospel content, I still found the book com ...more
Jill Kandel
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, faith
Wise, practical and honest look at connecting emotions and faith in order to become healthier. Loved this book. It brought up a lot of good talking points. Made me think.
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“Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality. Listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God. . . . Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice. . .” 10 likes
“emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” 7 likes
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