Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. (Thomas Nelson, 2006). 227pp. [Amazon]
Scazzero insists that Christian maturity includes not simply Christian discipleship and theological formation, but also emotional health. Many discipleship programs fail to include this with the result that many Christians seem to be emotionally stunted or under-developed. Discipleship is, for many, a list of moral does and don’ts–litany of things to feel bad about screwing up. Scazzero sketches a vision of an alternative–one rooted in the ancient Christians practices of spiritual formation in the the contemplative tradition. He explores emotional issues through tools like genogram, and shows how disciplines like developing a rule of life can deeply enrich our life in Christ.