Book Review: “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to be Spiritually Mature While Remaining Emotionally Immature

by Peter Scazzero

Mike’s Rating:

5 out of 5 cups of coffee!

It would be easy to get bogged down in the details of the tangle of pathways that brought me to this book, but that’s really not pertinent to the task at hand. Suffice it to say that I’m convinced that God wanted me to read this book.

Pete Scazerro’s pivotal work, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, is an important course-corrective for a christian subculture that has, for the most part, entirely neglected (at times even maligned) the emotional aspect of our humanity—which is, of course, created in the image of God. It is a part of us, created by God, that we neglect to our own decay.

The subtitle of the book makes the assertion plainly:

“It’s impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”

The difficulty that I suspect many will have in being open to the content of this book is a distrust of all things emotional—conditioned by a lifetime of being taught in this manner. But our emotions are as much a part of us as our intellect and, though we cannot rest on our intellect alone, we do not vilify it as many of us have been taught to do with our emotional being.

We are wholly created in the image of God and wholly corrupted by sin. But we are being wholly redeemed as the renewing work of the Spirit transforms our lives. Scazzero’s work in this book shows us some great tools for embracing the renewing work of the Spirit in our emotional being.

The practicality of this book (along with some of the great supplemental resources available) is one of great importance. But I suspect that many will dismiss it without really considering it. I would urge you to give an honest ear to this reframing work.

As a person that has always been more in tune with my emotional being than many around me, this book explores what has always seemed intuitive to me. But it is important to note that this is not the author’s story in this work.

I want to recommend this book to anyone with a desire for a genuine, whole person maturity that is spiritually rich, physically disciplined, and emotionally healthy. This book is a tool that will serve you well.

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2 responses to “Book Review: “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality””

  1. What are you saying pastor that we should be in touch with our emotions or our intellect or both or neither?


    1. I’m saying it all matters. Our spirit, mind, and body – all together created in the image of God. Much of our Christian culture has for many years entirely neglected the emotional being.


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