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A road map for discipleship with Jesus that is powerfully transformative.

Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: You can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though he was the 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; and live without boundaries.

Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health and the spiritual practice of slowing down and quieting your life for to experience a firsthand relationship with Jesus. It created nothing short of a spiritual revolution in Scazzero, in his church, and now in thousands of other churches.

In this updated edition, Scazzero shares new stories and principles as he outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested steps to become emotionally mature:

  • Become your authentic self
  • Break the power of the past
  • Let go of power and control
  • Surrender to your limits
  • Stop to breathe by practicing rest and Sabbath
  • Learn new skills to love well
  • Love Christ above all else

Plus, check out the full line of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality books dedicated to many different key areas of life. Workbooks, study guides, curriculum, and Spanish editions are also available.

©2014 Peter Scazzero (P)2015 Zondervan

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The amount of times the narrator says "quote" and "end quote" is enough to drive you bananas!! VERY distracting!

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Great content, read it on paper instead

This is the missing manual for modern American Christianity. It breaks through the chains of false identity placed on primarily rural, conservative Christians and explains how spiritual maturity and emotional health are inseparable.

You can't love your neighbor if you can't break through your emotional and relational baggage to actually love well.

That said, I'd recommend the paperback version of this content for two reasons:
1. You will probably want to easily refer back to certain lists and major points.
2. The author and reader has a persistent narrative tick: he actually enunciates every single question mark in the entire book as "quote" ... "end quote", instead of simply narrating each quoted phrase with the appropriate nuance. That no one caught and coached him on this during the recording process can only mean that it was an intentional aspect of the material: you have reached emotionally healthy spirituality when you no longer want to strangle the speaker for saying "quote" ... "end quote" over. and over. and over. and over again. ;-P

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Great but The chapters are not all in order

Fortunately I have read part of the paperback copy. This audible version chapter outline is not the same. It appears that some of the chapters are mixed up and according to the list chapter 2 is not chapter 2 chapter 5 starts chapter 2 etc.. Now the overall message is 100% helpful it is a little challenging when you expect the chapters to be in order.

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I loved the content for sure, but the constant "quote, end-quote" was distracting. Otherwise, a good book.

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Too many “QUOTES AND END QUOTES”!

Book is well written and is very relevant to our walks with God today. However, when he reads the book he finds it necessary to actually say “quote and end quote” EVERY TIME it’s used. I found it extremely distracting and am sure others did as well. Perhaps, if he either didn’t use as many quotes or didn’t actually say quote/end quote each time, it would be better.

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horrible, not for Christ followers, new age cult

stay away, not for Christ followers. this should be in the new age cult books section. horrible

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Changed my life

I first read this book 5 years ago. It led me to my biggest life revolution in my 60 years. When I read where he said “ it is impossible to be spiritually mature if you remain emotionally immature. And you cannot be spiritually mature if you do not engage with the difficult emotions of anger sadness and fear.” The word sadness leapt off the page because basically I don’t do sadness. However, wanting to be spiritually mature, I am barked on a journey to engage the emotion of sadness and other emotions that I avoided for 60 years. It has been a journey that has turned my life upside down, or should I say, right side up. Right after I read it, I arranged to go to one of the authors workshops up in New York. It was amazing. I very highly recommend this book.

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Good pointers in the right direction ->

If you really want to get something out of the material, you cannot race through it, you've got to allow some of it to marinate in your spirit! I plan to reread it with a group of ladies, soon!

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Very Enlightening!!

I loved listening to this book! It gave me a new perspective on my walk with God and relationships. There were several golden nuggets for me, but I especially loved how the author listed several prominent men in the Bible whom God used, inspite of their flaws, and because of their willingness.

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Self-centered, not God-centered

It was very repetitive in the beginning and hard to get through. Overall, the emphasis was on self and not on the power of God. Abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit and Word of God was not emphasized. Self-discovery and reflection were over emphasized.

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  • Isabella
  • 04-03-21

What an amazing book!

This book has been life-changing for me. So incredible and real. I’ve learned lots from it about what it means to live for Jesus in the 21st century.

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  • 08-10-20

an absolute must. read it slowly. well done.

God bless you Mr scazzero. this book deserves several re-reads. also read "surfing for god"

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  • Andre
  • 05-15-20

Deeply true and super practical

Profound spiritual truths with very practical application. One of the best life journey guides I have read.

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  • BJ Condrey
  • 01-02-20

Extremely helpful

This was such a helpful book. I am recommending to everyone I know. I wish every pastor was required to read this. Scazzero’s use of other the desert fathers along with several other authors was both interesting and helpful. Some mornings, I used this book instead of my Bible to spend time with the Lord. More than anything, this book lights a fire in your heart to be emotionally healthy and to not hide unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior behind religious activity. Read or listen to this book. Amazing.

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  • angharad
  • 02-23-19

great

my husband and I love his podcasts and have grown a lot. like the fact the author reads it himself.

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  • Wendy Moir
  • 06-23-16

Life changing

Loved this book
I wish I'd read something like this years ago
I'm recommending it to all I meet
Planning to read and study this several more times

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  • 01-10-21

Catalyst for Growth

looking to grow? this book accelerated my personal growth and helped restore my relationship

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  • Angela Pond
  • 02-29-20

Learning to grow into Emotional maturity.

I appreciated the raw honesty by Peter in his journey to emotionally maturity. I have been walking this out myself and it is reminder that our bodies naturally mature but does not mean our emotions do, without help from others if we get emotionally stunted in our youth.