Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Emotionally Healthy Woman: A Book Review

About The Book:

This book was formerly titled, I Quit: Stop Pretending Everything is Fine and Change Your Life.

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 can't 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 else's 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, you're on the path not only to emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.


About The Author:

Geri Scazzero is a popular conference speaker, trainer, and coach for church leaders, women's groups, and married couples, both in North America and internationally. Geri has served on staff of New Life Fellowship Church in New York City for the last 25 years and is the co-founder, along with her husband, Pete, of Emotionally Healthy Spiritually (www.emotionallyhealthy.org). She is the coauthor of Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0 and The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Workbook.

You can also find Geri via Facebook

My Review:

Do you feel stuck in your day to day living?

Are you always worried about what others think and try to change for others?

Are you so exhausted by your "to-do" list that you do not have the energy to maintain your relationships, including with God, at a healthy level?

If you can relate to any of these questions, I would say that you will definitely be encouraged and challenged as you read The Emotionally Healthy Woman. It is a reprint of the author's original book, I Quit, with a few new additions.

The eight "quits" that the author discusses are:

1. Quit Being Afraid of What Others Think
2. Quit Lying
3. Quit Dying To The Wrong Things
4. Quit Denying Anger, Sadness and Fear
5. Quit Blaming
6. Quit Overfunctioning
7. Quit Faulty Thinking
8. Quit Living Someone Else's Life

With each chapter read, I found myself relating to much of what the author shared. There was a little of me found in each chapter. It was hard to read that but I am glad I did. It was the encouragement I needed to really quit and live a life fully and ready to do God's work, in whatever capacity that will be.

I realize that the journey to quitting these areas is not easy, nor quick. When habits are formed it is hard to break, but I know it is very necessary for one's emotional growth and to grow as a Christian.

Here are a few quotes that really impacted me:

"We overfuntion when we do for others what they can do for themselves" (p. 144)

"When we engage in all-or-nothing thinking, we easily miss the ways God shows up in our lives" (p. 174)

"To make a change feels awful, but to stay where you are is even worse" (p. 39)

"We must be able to say no if we are to say a healthy yes" (p. 128)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the way the author wrote, with personal stories, a lot of scripture references, sound doctrinal statements and with a wit that made me feel like I was sitting in a conference with her speaking. It was a timely read and one that I will reference over and over in the future.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Emotionally Healthy Woman online through the official Emotionally Healthy website

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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