Book Review / May 10, 2019
Book Review - The Emotionally Healthy Leader

The Emotionally Healthy Leader

How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World
By: Peter Scazzero

Book Reivew

There is a spectrum for how I read books ranging from a fast read to a slow intermittent read. Some reasons for fast reads include easy to digest fiction, less pages, or easy to skim and still get its ideas. Some reasons for slow reads include a totally new concept, highly technical, or requires a lot of meditation. The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero was a slow read for me because it required a lot of meditation. It covers both theology and practice with a lot of illustration. Typically I could read a book like this much faster; however, I think it touched on many areas that I need to consider.

The Emotionally Healthy Leader is unlike any book on leadership I have read. I am still considering the reasons that set it apart from others. I think perhaps the biggest overall reason is that it starts with relationships as the core from which everything else flows out of. Almost any good leadership book is going to deal with relationships in some form. Yet, I think most other books treat relationship as an aspect along with many other aspects.

Scazzero looks at your core relationships with God and with your spouse or your key relationships as a single person. He uses these core relationships to define a life rhythm. I don't think I have read another book that deals with this extensively. Instead a few words, paragraphs, and maybe even a chapter are given to this. Yet, the leadership culture that we step into these days will quickly put the squeeze on these foundational relationships. This is expected and "goes along with the territory" in our minds. We think part of leading is to learn balance and tradeoffs without sacrificing our families. There is truth to this thinking, but it seems it doesn't quite give us the answers we need. Peter Scazzero extensively lays out a healthier way of leading by explaining how our core relationships are our starting point that define what we can do as a leader.

I suggest that any Christian Leader should make this one of their most important books to read.

Book Review / May 10
Book Review - The Emotionally Healthy Leader

The Emotionally Healthy Leader

How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World
By: Peter Scazzero

Book Reivew

There is a spectrum for how I read books ranging from a fast read to a slow intermittent read. Some reasons for fast reads include easy to digest fiction, less pages, or easy to skim and still get its ideas. Some reasons for slow reads include a totally new concept, highly technical, or requires a lot of meditation. The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero was a slow read for me because it required a lot of meditation. It covers both theology and practice with a lot of illustration. Typically I could read a book like this much faster; however, I think it touched on many areas that I need to consider.

The Emotionally Healthy Leader is unlike any book on leadership I have read. I am still considering the reasons that set it apart from others. I think perhaps the biggest overall reason is that it starts with relationships as the core from which everything else flows out of. Almost any good leadership book is going to deal with relationships in some form. Yet, I think most other books treat relationship as an aspect along with many other aspects.

Scazzero looks at your core relationships with God and with your spouse or your key relationships as a single person. He uses these core relationships to define a life rhythm. I don't think I have read another book that deals with this extensively. Instead a few words, paragraphs, and maybe even a chapter are given to this. Yet, the leadership culture that we step into these days will quickly put the squeeze on these foundational relationships. This is expected and "goes along with the territory" in our minds. We think part of leading is to learn balance and tradeoffs without sacrificing our families. There is truth to this thinking, but it seems it doesn't quite give us the answers we need. Peter Scazzero extensively lays out a healthier way of leading by explaining how our core relationships are our starting point that define what we can do as a leader.

I suggest that any Christian Leader should make this one of their most important books to read.

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