Book Review

??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

4 thoughts on “Book Review

  1. Allison

    Sounds like an excellent book. I?ll add it to my reading list. I think that it?s hard to experience negative emotions- such as grief, sadness, frustration, anger, etc. As people, we so often want to move on to a more positive emotion instead of working through/allowing ourselves to experience the difficult/negative ones. Good things to think about!

    1. chris Post author

      Allison – ??I so agree. Those emotions can very difficult to experience, but are often powerful learning experiences. Would love to hear your thoughts after reading the book.

  2. Dan

    Could it be the other way around too sometimes? I haven?t read the book (so maybe this is addressed), but is it possible spiritual immaturity manifests in one of the other areas
    ?Is the book suggesting our relationship/concept of God is a component (one of five) as opposed to a platform (woven into the other four)
    ?I?d love to talk face to face.

    1. chris Post author

      Dan??Excellent question. I haven?t finished reading yet, so not entirely sure what the author would say about that. In the most recent chapter I?ve been reading, he talks about meeting God in silence/solitude to reveal our areas of need. So, initially, I would say it seems that he incorporates spirituality into the other areas rather than keep it as an isolated entity.??I?ve used the hand as an analogy before. Each of the fingers is an aspect of who we are (social, emotional, etc), but the entire hand is the Spiritual part b/c to use your words it is a platform woven into the other areas. I approached the book with this in mind. I?ll read carefully to see if that?s actually what he?s saying.??Would love to talk anytime!

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