My brother-in-law sent us a copy of Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality some time ago. To be honest, I am given/lent/recommended so many books that I don’t often get around to reading them. I have enough trouble reading the books that I am given in exchange for agreeing to review them on my blog. So this book sat on my bedside table for quite a while.
More recently, I had heard a bit more about Scazzero and my wife had started reading his wife’s book, The Emotionally Healthy Woman. So I thought, why not give it a try?
I ended up really enjoying this book. In fact it was exactly what I had been hoping that Anderson’s Becoming a Disciple-Making Church would be but was disappointed in.
The basic thesis of the book is that the missing component in discipleship is contemplative spirituality and emotional health. There is something that happens when these two come together that helps the Christian to achieve those other goals that seem so hard.
I will confess that contemplative spirituality does not come easy to me. But that does not mean that I should reject it. There are aspects of it that I can integrate into my faith life.
As for emotional health, this is something that people inside and outside the church, are beginning to notice. Even in the business world, people are looking for emotionally mature potential employees.
Scazzero is very honest in this book concerning his own journey and shortcomings. As a pastor, he shares what this looks like in the context of local church ministry.
I really appreciated this book and I’m looking forward to reading some of his other books.