??I?m currently reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero. You can see his basic premise right on the cover of the book
“It?s impossible to be spiritually mature, while remaining emotionally immature”
I?m about half way through the book, and have really enjoyed it so far. I think Scazzero raises some intriguing thoughts. Starting from the idea that there are 5 parts of who we are as men and women – physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social – he says that if we ignore one of those parts it always has negative consequences. Examples: ignoring our physical well-being may result in injury, sickness, or even death. Ignoring our social development may leave us isolated and alone. Scazzero believes that the majority of Christians ignore their emotional development. We may see the other areas as important, but tend to ignore the hard work of emotional development. Often this happens because we have real and helpful spiritual experiences through worship, prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. “Success” in this area can make us feel like we are doing fine even if the rest of our life is a mess.
The bottom line is sin has so marred this world, that we experience its affects in every area of our life. The emotional patterns we?ve learned are not exempt. These patterns are difficult to change, but Christ has overcome sin/death and offers us freedom from it. He wants to transform us from the inside out. Scazzero believes that takes a lot of intentional work on our part.
So, what do you think? Do you think a lack of emotional health hinders our spiritual health