The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have to Quit to Change Your Life
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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2012
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Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with her life. She felt like a single parent raising her four young daughters alone. She finally told her husband, I quit, and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her and her marriage for the better.
In The Emotionally Healthy Woman, Geri provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This book is for every woman who thinks, I cant keep pretending everything is fine!
The journey to emotional health begins by quitting. Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger and sadness. She quit living someone elses life. When you quit those things that are damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life.
When you quit for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way, youre on the path not only to emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.
"QUITTING WILL SET YOU FREE!
Not a typical message heard in the church today, especially among 'nice, Christian women," but one that has been needed for years! By refusing to cling to a shell of pretension, the true freedom of our new lives in Christ is realized, and Geri shows us how. A fast, informed read, this book breaks down the walls of the false ideals we cling to in and shows us that by quitting these idols, we re-discover God's love. I was supposed to read this book. I needed to read this book. Thank you, Geri."
Kim de Blecourt, Short-term Adventure Specialist with Food for Orphans and author of "Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom"
Geri Scazzero is the cofounder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, where she serves on staff as a trainer in marriage and spiritual formation. Geri is also a popular conference speaker for church leaders, married couples, and womens groups, both in North America and internationally. She is the author of The Emotionally Healthy Woman and The Emotionally Healthy Woman Workbook/DVD and coauthor of the bestselling Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course and The Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0 curriculum. Geri, along with her husband, Pete, is the cofounder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. Geri lives in New York City and has four lovely daughters. Connect with Geri on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GeriScazzero).
Peter Scazzero is the founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a teaching pastor/pastor at large. He is the author of two best-selling booksThe Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the author of The EHS Course and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day. Pete and his wife, Geri, are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. They have four lovely daughters. For more information, visit emotionallyhealthy.org, or connect with Pete on Twitter @petescazzero.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5quit doing things that hurt yourself or othersFebruary 13, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Geri spent 17 years trying to be the perfect pastor's wife then decided to quit. "When we quit those things that are damaging to our souls or to the souls of others, we are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life." (16)
She wants you to have the courage to quit too. Quit being afraid of what others think. Quit lying, even "good" Christian lying (no more facade). Quit dying to the wrong things, depriving yourself of God-given gifts. Quit blaming (and take responsibility for your life). You need to quit everything that does not belong to Jesus' kingdom or fall under his rule.
Geri is convinced you'll need to quit to grow into a spiritually and emotionally mature adult. It might not be popular but there comes a time when you know you will die spiritually or emotionally unless you quit and choose something else."Biblical quitting is God's path for new things to come forth in our lives, for resurrection." (21)
Geri wraps up her suggestions with the last chapter, "Quit Living Someone Else's Life." She shares her discovery: discover your inner integrity, listen to your inner rhythm, set boundaries and let go of others. "As you apply these practices, you will join an adventure with God around the joy of fulfilling your special purpose on earth." (197)
Geri is very practical in her writing. For example, she writes, "many of us feel guilty saying no." (127) We might imagine that saying no is less than Christlike. She reminds us that Jesus said no many times. She adds, "We must be able to say no if we are to say a healthy yes." (128)
I was especially struck by her chapter, Quit Overfunctioning. "We overfunction when we do for others what they can and should do for themselves." (141) Ouch. And, "I know I am overfunctioning when I think I don't have time to stop and be with God." (155) Ouch again.
Not every woman will like this book. Geri at one point got a part time job at the local YMCA. It renewed her joy in athletic activity. It also required her pastor husband to pick up the kids from school and be responsible for making dinner a few days a week. Women who feel the wife's place is in the home would not be happy with some of Geri's suggestions.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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