The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives

By | October 3, 2018

The newly updated and expanded edition of the groundbreaking best seller The Emotionally Healthy Church features a fuller, deeper look at the six principles contained in the original and includes a crucial additional chapter: “Slow Down to Lead with Integrity”. Our churches are in trouble, says Scazzero. They are filled with people who are:

  • Unsure how to biblically integrate anger, sadness, and other emotions
  • Defensive, incapable of revealing their weaknesses
  • Threatened by or intolerant of different viewpoints
  • Zealous about ministering at church but blind to their spouses’ loneliness at home
  • So involved in “serving” that they fail to take care of themselves
  • Prone to withdraw from conflict rather than resolve it

Sharing from New Life Fellowship’s painful but liberating journey, Scazzero reveals exactly how the truth can and does make you free – not just superficially but deep down. You’ll acquire knowledge and tools that can help you and others:

  • Look beneath the surface of problems
  • Break the power of past wounds, failures, sins, and circumstances
  • Live a life of brokenness and vulnerability
  • Recognize and honor personal limitations and boundaries
  • Embrace grief and loss
  • Make incarnation your model to love others
  • Slow down to lead with integrity

This new edition shares powerful insights on how contemplative spirituality can help you and your church slow down – an integral key to spiritual and emotional health.

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John Avery on 10/04/2018 at 00:05.

Could go deeper Pastor Scazzero does a good job of identifying the problem. He points to effective lifestyle solutions. However, I finished reading parts of the book with a sense that it is an unfinished story. There is a lack of explanation of how healing comes about because of the principles that are given. For me, the best chapter was the one about the gift of limits. Many could go deeper.The author is part of a board-run church. The dynamics are different in churches operating under congregational,…

Professor on 10/04/2018 at 00:33.

A not-so-very-healthy approach Pastor Scazzero is most likely a very nice person who has learned a lot from years of ministry, including his own mistakes. I applaud that. But speaking as both a former pastor and a mental health professional, I feel his approach to emotional health misses the mark many times. The book continually wants you to choose between box A and box B for your own emotional experience, and most of the time I would say, there is a box C that he didn’t even list. He also makes broad claims and states…

Kentucky Tim on 10/04/2018 at 00:45.

Full Review of “The Emotionally Healthy Church” PURPOSE OF THE BOOK. Scazzero describes the purpose of his book as helping churches to “integrate emotional maturity as a focus” in their discipleship (p19). He does this by pointing out how bad theology creates a false sense of spirituality, and then goes on to discuss the training and skills needed for Christians to: recognize and break the power of past influences, live in brokenness and vulnerability, know their limits, embrace their losses, incarnate Christ, and slow down…

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