Emotionally Healthy Spirituality…

I just read (and would highly recommend) Peter Scazzero‘s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality:  It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature.  

Scazzero suggests, “What most don’t understand is that growth into maturity in Christ requires us to go through the Wall:

  1. Life-Changing Awareness of God
  2. Discipleship
  3. The Active Life
  4. The Wall and Journey Inward
  5. Journey Outward
  6. Transformed into Love
Emotionally healthy faith admits the following:
  • I am bewildered
  • I don’t know what God is doing right now
  • I am hurt
  • I am angry
  • Yes, this is mystery
  • I am very sad right now
  • O God, why have you forsaken me?
He goes on to quote John of the Cross and his list of the seven deadly spiritual imperfections of beginners that must be purified:
  1. Pride
  2. Avarice
  3. Luxury
  4. Wrath
  5. Spiritual gluttony
  6. Spiritual envy
  7. Sloth
So how do we know we are making progress or if we are, perhaps, even on the other side?
  1. A greater level of brokenness
  2. A greater appreciation for Holy Unknowing (Mystery)
  3. A deeper ability to wait for God
  4. A greater detachment
The author ends by praying, “Heavenly Father, teach me to trust you even when I do not know where you are going.  Help me to surrender and not turn inward into myself out of fear” (133).
Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

 

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality…

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