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Do you feel too overwhelmed to enjoy life, unable to sort out the demands on your time? Are you doing your best work as a leader yet not making an impact? Have you ever felt stuck, powerless to change your environment?

In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, best-selling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision-making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.

Going beyond simply offering a quick fix or new technique, The Emotionally Healthy Leader gets to the core, beneath-the-surface issues of uniquely Christian leadership. This book is more than a book you will read; it is a resource you will come back to over and over again.

©2015 Peter Scazzero (P)2015 Zondervan

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A must read for every pastor

This book is rich with wisdom and practical advice. It is up close and personal in the real life of pastoral ministry so it is extremely relevant. But be warned. This book will challenge you personally and calls for change in the culture, practice and expectations in typical evangelical church leadership. If you are serious about cultivating a personal transforming relationship with Christ that fuels your life and leadership. This book is for you.

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The book was good but could have been much better

The book does a good job explaining how a church leader can become more emotionally healthy, which I appreciate as a church leader. I like how it's divided up into two sections: the inner life and the outer life. I got a lot out of the information.

However, the book could have been much better for three reasons:

First, the author has no formal education in emotional health. Spending money on this book I expected to here from a professional. That was disappointing.

Second, the book is solely geared toward church leaders. As a church leader myself, I didn't mind that, but it makes the title of the book deceiving. If the book is for leaders becoming emotionally healthy, then it should cover all types of leaders in all types of organizations.

Third, the author has some clear biases that were painfully obvious. For example, he would create certain scenarios to prove his points, but in these scenarios he would always talk negatively of youth ministers or worship leaders. Or another example is the fact that the author clearly has a bias against growing and successful churches. Any time those types of churches were mentioned, the author would approach it negatively, critically, and skeptically.

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Powerful!!!

I'm not sure where to start. I am so glad I moved forward with purchasing this book dispite a few negative reviews. One review said that this book is only for ministry leaders, this is not true. I am a Christian and I work for the military, and hold a Graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. This book exposed so many parts of my life that needed to be transformed both personally and professionally. I want to recommend this book to my University for those of us that want to represent Christ in how we lead, even in secular jobs and positions. The end of the book Chapter 8 and beyond is the best. The author dives into keeping the Sabbath, this chapter is outstanding. As a "habitual over-worker" this touched me so deeply. I always feared not doing enough. Going to school, working multiple jobs, volunteering for the church, raising a child and my marriage were all so overwhelming. 3-4 hours of sleep is my normal, it will take some time to undo what I have done, but I'm ready. He goes into explaining Power and Influence, this was not touched at all in my Leadership studies. This shined a light into a whole new area of my life. The Author end explaining how to find God in loss, and his transition from his position of Senior Pastor. I have purchased many books on audiable and have never bothered to write a review..... this book was worth ever penny.

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Deep and helpful

A must read if you are serious about the leader that you are and want to be.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read

This is one of the best books I have ever read! Whether you are a church leader or a volunteer leader, or seeking a deeper understanding of marriage, singleness, sabbath, team building, or discovering how your past affects how you lead, this is a must read for any spiritual stage. 10/10!

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Truths born through plain and shared vulnerable

He does a great job of helping you understand emotional health and leadership including succession. there are many great self evaluation surveys in the book

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Good challenge to keep your lives in order

This is a great book to challenge you keep things in the proper balance, keep relationships healthy and strong, and often by doing the things that are hard but that we know that we should do.

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A must read for church leaders!

This book has so much insight on our emotional healthiness! Some things I already knew but many new things I learned as well!

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Challenging

This book is challenging and will step on your toes BUT it is so important to read and apply.

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So rich, truly soul food for individuals

Such good material, more than just for an individual. Good, applicable things for our relationships, jobs, home and church leadership.

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  • 12-15-20

one of the best leadership books

This is one book that every pastor needs to read. it is profound and practical.

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  • Tichaona Chikanya
  • 10-27-20

This is an exceptionally poweful book

I really learnt a lot for things from this book as a leader. I was encouraged to practice sabbath delight and how to look back into my own life and strive to change what I can

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  • Andy
  • 04-12-20

Leadership gold

Such powerful and applicable principles. Leadership gold. Pace yourself. Take time to self reflect as you go through and don't be afraid to return to the text again.

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  • Chellemaca
  • 02-03-20

Excellent tool for leadership

This book is a must read for not only those who are in spiritual leadership but also for those leading in the contemporary world. It gives the reader practical tools to lead and opened my eyes to keeping the Sabbath and enjoying rest. It was so easy to follow and listen to. Definitely one of those books that I will read and pick up time after time. Thank you.

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  • Kirsten Anstey
  • 11-02-20

really insightful reading

This was a huge help in considering how to best relate to people in a healthy way. Great advice, really helpful, mainly through the lens of one person and a few times i was left wanting a different viewpoint or deeper psychological examination, but overall a helpful read

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  • Renee
  • 11-16-19

Scazzero is a modern day prophet

If every church leader read and applied this book, most of the issues churches experience would diminish or disappear.