A few years ago, I moved to Texas to be an intern at a church located in the DFW Metroplex. This was a challenging and rewarding experience and I’m so glad that I followed God out here. Once a week during the internship, we had a pastor, elder, or ministry director come in and encourage us.
On the Thursday that Pastor Jeff Hennigan came in and spoke to us, I was wrecked. He shared with us a level of brokenness I hadn’t seen from a pastor before and I wanted to know more. When he said that the book The Emotionally Healthy Church by Pete Scazzero was the start of his healing and restoration I knew I had to read it. And I’m so glad he shared it with us!
If I had to pick the most influential book on this list in my life so far, I would choose this one, without hesitation or a second thought.
As I’ve discussed more than a few times over the years, I’m not the most in-tune with my emotions. I’ve grown a lot over the years and I’m so thankful that I can look back and revisit those moments where God has shed yet another layer of hurt or pain so I could become more free and more the person he’s called me to be. This book was a tool he used to remove some major layers of hurt.
I gave away my note-riddled copy (I’m sorry whoever currently has it and is reading all of my junk) and recently purchased a new copy so that I can dive into it again. Healing is something that we’re ever done with. Those of you who have been through any sort of recovery problem know exactly what I’m talking about: we’re all works in progress. And we never “arrive” when it comes to healing.
For years, I gained knowledge about God and the Bible and the church, but I didn’t learn about my emotions or my emotional health. This book really helped me to understand more about who I am and who God is and, honestly, I haven’t been the same since I read and applied those principles to my life. I am so excited to be going through this book again!
I highly recommend The Emotionally Healthy Church to just about anyone. If you’re in the church, if you’re serving your community, leading groups, or discipling others, this could be a valuable resource for you. Pete has written a number of other books that might also be excellent resources for you to look into. You can learn more about Pete Scazzero and find all of the Emotionally Healthy books here.
Have you read The Emotionally Healthy Church? What was your biggest takeaway?
Have you experienced the healing power of God in your life? Share that story with someone today!
P.S. Life’s Healing Choices by John Baker is another great book to read if you’re interested in recovery and emotional health.
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