book review: The Emotionally Healthy Woman

The Emotionally Healthy Woman

Title: The Emotionally Healthy Woman

Author: Geri Scazzero

Publisher: Zondervan

Complimentary Copy: The B&B Media Group, Inc.

Rating: A+

Hey, Ladies! Yes, I’m talking to you! I have found the answer to the questions “What are we to do during the next Friday Night Ladies gathering?” or “Any suggestions for the next Book Club selection?” Round up ten of your best girlfriends, prepare a hearty cup of tea, and grab a copy of Geri Scazzero’s latest work, The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have To Quit To Change Your Life. This book will change your life.

Using personal experiences as a pastor’s wife to a growing church in an urban context, the heart of The Emotionally Healthy Woman is found in the advice offered to women—advice learned at a high cost through hard lessons learned by Mrs. Scazzero during a difficult season of life.

The impact of The Emotionally Healthy Woman is directly attributed to the author’s transparency. In a straightforward manner, Scazzero shares the highs, lows, pressures and claustrophobic expectations placed upon her early on in her marriage. In sharing her (unhealthy) reactions of suppression, avoidance, and deferring, Scazzero offers her experiences as an examples of what not to do. As such, The Emotionally Health Woman reads as a blueprint for how to establish (and maintain) healthy boundaries, engage lovingly with others in high pressure and stress laden situations, and communicate openly with ‘all parties involved’ so that perceived expectations are clarified and personal limitations are understood.

All of us are guilty (at times) of taking on more than we can handle because we don’t want to disappoint others; of denying our true feelings or thoughts on matters because we don’t want to “rock the boat”; of putting our needs or interests aside in an effort to fulfill obligations we’d rather bow out of. There are times, of course, when such sacrifice is necessary—in the short term. However, this is not a healthy pattern we can sustain for the long haul before we start to see the negative emotions of bitterness, frustration, anger, withdrawal, or isolation take root.

The “take home” of Scazzero’s work is this: Living a life of authenticity, rooted in an honest expression of one’s expectations, limitations, preferences, and communication, is the key to lead creating healthy boundaries, a deeper quality of relationships, and a strong sense of community with others.

The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have To Quit to Change Your Life is a must read for every woman. Grab your copy today!

(I received a copy of this title direct from the publisher via The B&B Media Group, Inc. in exchange for my honest opinion.)

Author Bio

Geri ScazGeri Scazzerozero knew something was wrong with her life and her ministry. After having spent 17 years trying unsuccessfully to fit into the traditional mold of “perfect pastor’s wife,” she finally threw in the proverbial towel. Making the painful decision to leave her husband’s thriving church, she stopped pretending everything was “fine” and embarked upon a solitary journey of faith. Her emotional and spiritual trek not only established a revolutionary new paradigm in her life, but it also led her to a beautifully transformed life, marriage and ministry.

Within the pages of her latest book, The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have to Quit to Change Your Life (Zondervan, January 2013), author and popular conference speaker Scazzero shares deeply out of her own life, offering a seasoned and radical message for Christian women today.

Scazzero does not hesitate to introduce women to revolutionary ideas that are rarely spoken in our churches today. “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,” says Scazzero.

  • When we quit fear of what others think, we choose freedom.
  • When we quit lies, we choose truth.
  • When we quit blaming, we choose to take responsibility.
  • When we quit faulty thinking, we choose to live in reality.
  • When we quit for the right reasons, quitting changes us. Something breaks inside of us when we finally say, ‘No more.’ But it must be done for the right reasons, at the right time and in the right way.

For those ready to embark upon an authentic journey to change, The Emotionally Healthy Woman offers an indispensable traveler’s guide. A talented wordsmith and a skilled leader, Scazzero combines her own experiences with familiar biblical stories and scripture to provide a spiritual and emotional roadmap, pinpointing alternate routes that are forged by love and leading straight to the life God intended.

Scazzero, along with her husband, Pete, is co-founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a ministry designed to equip pastors and churches with a spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health with contemplative spirituality. Previously released by Zondervan under a different title, The Emotionally Healthy Woman explores a critical missing link in our following of Jesus, opening a doorway to deep transformation in us, our families and our communities.

For more information, please visit: www.EmotionallyHealthy.org and Spiritual Media interview with Author Geri Scazzero

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