Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though he was a 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 integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus, and the classic practices of contemplative spirituality. It created nothing short of a spiritual revolution, utterly transforming him and his church.
In this best-selling book Scazzero outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. “The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality,” he says, “unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ.”
- Important much overlooked subject
This subject is much needed in the evangelical church, where people act too spiritual. The beginning of the book is fantastic the way he described his overly spiritual life.
It is read by the author with his expressive and natural voice.
I only gave the book a 3 because the rest of the book was a bit disappointing to me. 1) He misuses the Bible. For example, he says that Abraham had a son out of wedlock (not true) and showed partiality to Ishmael over Isaac (not true). He also says Jonah was a racist, which is also not true, but I could see where one might think that. 2) Too many quotes of others, especially from Catholic monks. 3) He recommends digging into our ancestors' pasts, finding out whatever they did wrong, and look for the same problems in us. This is just 1 of several recommendations, and it might be helpful to some people, but in general I don't think it is good. It would be better to look at the faults of people in the Bible and see if those are in us.
- Harmful book with emphasis on the natural emotions that have not been sanctified
This is a freakish book that focus too much on the psychological aspect of life, as if the natural life should be taken as a counterpart of the spiritual awareness of God. Because of his traumas, the author decided to worship the natural emotional parallel to the spirit, and doesn't focus on the spirit as the foundation and heart of faith and grace that was supposed to bring us to peace.
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