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Summary

Do you feel too overwhelmed to enjoy life, unable to sort out the demands on your time? Are you doing your best work as a leader yet not making an impact? Have you ever felt stuck, powerless to change your environment?

In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, best-selling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision-making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.

Going beyond simply offering a quick fix or new technique, The Emotionally Healthy Leader gets to the core, beneath-the-surface issues of uniquely Christian leadership. This book is more than a book you will read; it is a resource you will come back to over and over again.

©2015 Peter Scazzero (P)2015 Zondervan

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  • JLC4040
  • 16-09-15

A must read for every pastor

This book is rich with wisdom and practical advice. It is up close and personal in the real life of pastoral ministry so it is extremely relevant. But be warned. This book will challenge you personally and calls for change in the culture, practice and expectations in typical evangelical church leadership. If you are serious about cultivating a personal transforming relationship with Christ that fuels your life and leadership. This book is for you.

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  • Brian Richards
  • 03-05-18

The book was good but could have been much better

The book does a good job explaining how a church leader can become more emotionally healthy, which I appreciate as a church leader. I like how it's divided up into two sections: the inner life and the outer life. I got a lot out of the information.

However, the book could have been much better for three reasons:

First, the author has no formal education in emotional health. Spending money on this book I expected to here from a professional. That was disappointing.

Second, the book is solely geared toward church leaders. As a church leader myself, I didn't mind that, but it makes the title of the book deceiving. If the book is for leaders becoming emotionally healthy, then it should cover all types of leaders in all types of organizations.

Third, the author has some clear biases that were painfully obvious. For example, he would create certain scenarios to prove his points, but in these scenarios he would always talk negatively of youth ministers or worship leaders. Or another example is the fact that the author clearly has a bias against growing and successful churches. Any time those types of churches were mentioned, the author would approach it negatively, critically, and skeptically.

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  • Jason
  • 27-05-17

Good challenge to keep your lives in order

This is a great book to challenge you keep things in the proper balance, keep relationships healthy and strong, and often by doing the things that are hard but that we know that we should do.

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  • 31-12-15

Deep and helpful

A must read if you are serious about the leader that you are and want to be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-18

Powerful!!!

I'm not sure where to start. I am so glad I moved forward with purchasing this book dispite a few negative reviews. One review said that this book is only for ministry leaders, this is not true. I am a Christian and I work for the military, and hold a Graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. This book exposed so many parts of my life that needed to be transformed both personally and professionally. I want to recommend this book to my University for those of us that want to represent Christ in how we lead, even in secular jobs and positions. The end of the book Chapter 8 and beyond is the best. The author dives into keeping the Sabbath, this chapter is outstanding. As a "habitual over-worker" this touched me so deeply. I always feared not doing enough. Going to school, working multiple jobs, volunteering for the church, raising a child and my marriage were all so overwhelming. 3-4 hours of sleep is my normal, it will take some time to undo what I have done, but I'm ready. He goes into explaining Power and Influence, this was not touched at all in my Leadership studies. This shined a light into a whole new area of my life. The Author end explaining how to find God in loss, and his transition from his position of Senior Pastor. I have purchased many books on audiable and have never bothered to write a review..... this book was worth ever penny.

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  • sf0301
  • 20-10-18

Excellent for leaders and aspiring leaders

This book has helped me see that working in Gods plan also includes Gods sabbath not as a law or rule but as a safeguard for my soul which results in a better relationship with God and better over all work quality. 10/10 would recommend everyone to read one of the books in the series. Whichever is most applicable to you.

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  • Bob Mossman
  • 31-07-18

A Broad Contribution to Church Vitality

Pete Scazzero has written a wonderfully useful book for churches, and then he has followed it up by a thoughtful and careful delivery of the same material.

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  • Matt G
  • 16-05-18

Great Book

This book is a great tool for ministry leaders! I love the way Peter Scazzero narrates. It's very welcoming and makes it sound like a conversation. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Matt
  • 01-05-18

Fantastic!!

This book will encourage, stretch, and even bring painful truths into light. The purpose of course is to grow and make you a healthy leader who can create a healthy culture for those you lead. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-18

Recommended Next Level Leadership Reading

It is an inescapable truth that we inevitably lead out of who and what we are. Out of all the Christian Leadership materials I have read over the years, this is the first one that focuses its attention on the interrelation between one’s personal spiritual formation and one’s capacity to lead well. The Scazzeros have lived this out themselves over a generation of church leadership, so that the wisdom and practical insights which they share are of immeasurable value within any church context.