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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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jill Kandel
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, 2019
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.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has been one of the most important books I have read in the last decade. The main point of the book is this - 'you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.' I wish somebody had handed this book to me when I became a Christian. I wish I had read this book before I became a pastor. I wish I had seen more models of emotionally healthy people in church and especially amongst pastors. This book describes why somebody can be a Christian yet in their innermost being s ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll give this one 3/5. It was honestly hard at points for me to read this book. I kept coming back to feeling like his points weren't fully fleshed out and weren't deeply rooted in scripture. He made reference to scripture sparingly so it made it seem like the reason behind his message wasn't fully motivated by the text but often as a means to further his ideas (which aren't horrible). Often when reading I would gain some good insight into what it means to be "emotionally healthy," but then the ...more
All and all, it was an easy read and had some practical advice that one could reflect + implement in his/her own life. Much of it felt like Scazzero was just re-iterating ideas from others and nothing was truly original content. I would not say anything he wrote about, I hadn’t already heard before. There were times that when reading this and listening to his study, I sometimes felt like he presented himself as having already arrived. I would be curious as to how this book would change if “immat ...more
Nathan Schneider
Surprisingly, very good. The thesis of the book is that one must be emotionally mature in order to be spiritually mature. And in order to be emotionally mature one should focus on introspection, spiritual priorities, and Sabbath rest.

The most helpful part of the book was the development of one's rhythms in life. How will you work the intake of Scripture into your life on a consistent basis? How will you prioritize prayer and solitude? Etc.
Hope Helms
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
This book highlights the importance of treating our emotions as a discipleship issue. There were many terms I was annoyed with, and that while biblically accurate, the focus was more on "who I am" vs. "who I am in light of who God is". But not an altogether bad book.
Anne Louise
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scazzero interrupts and holds up a mirror long enough to compel you to consider the questions we rush past honestly answering — am I loving others? Am I loving God? Have I any awareness of what’s going on within me? And gently provides practical advice toward becoming more whole and loving.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so so so so good

p.s. anna if you see this sorry for reading ahead ily
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