Book Review: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Helpful for: Christians who have sidelined connecting with their emotions and who are desiring to grow towards an emotionally authentic life.

EHSEmotionally Healthy Spirituality  by Peter Scazzero Book review

by Dede McReynolds*

5 of 5 stars for Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

4 of 5 stars for Readability, written in plain terms this book is not full of glitz, glam or poetry yet it was an effortless read to the end.

5 of 5 stars for Content, he address a serious issue with practical and Biblical solutions.

Author Peter Scazzero pastors a charismatic church in Queens, New York and founded the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Ministry. He writes about his personal journey of being emotionally silent to emotionally healthy.  

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality puts in plain terms the problem that we have all seen; Christians who can devolve into the deepest depths of doctrine, who have “the best” theology, eschatology and ecclesiology YET are emotionally stunted. Meanwhile there are others who love in profound ways yet have no understanding of the God of the Bible.

He diagnoses emotionally unhealthy spirituality and provides a  solution through maturing in emotional health and contemplative spirituality. Peter defines contemplative spirituality as living a Mary life instead of a Martha life.  He guides readers toward contemplative practices that are relevant for the Christian of today and proposes serious work on self that will make space for the necessary emotional growth.

Helpful for: Christians who have sidelined connecting with their emotions and who are desiring to grow towards an emotionally authentic life.

Highlights:

  • It may seem out of place but pg. 42-43 gives a radically relevant interpretation of the Beast of Revelation.
  • This pastor’s definition of emotional health pg.45 is clear and concise, better than that of most self-help professionals.  

Author: Peter Scazzero

Title: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality 228 pages. ISBN #978-310-34246-5

Publisher: Zondervan 2006

Website: http://www.emotionallyhealthy.org

*Dede McReynolds is the Service Coordinator of the Hope Center in Moscow, Idaho.  She coordinates the Hope at Work Program which helps those who struggle to get or maintain employment.

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