Emotionally Healthy Woman

The Emotionally Healthy Woman
Geri Scazzero; Peter Scazzero. Zondervan (August 2014)

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with her life. She felt like a single parent raising her four young daughters alone. She finally told her husband, ‘I quit’, and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her and her marriage for the better.

In this eight-session video Bible study Geri provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This study is for every woman who thinks, “I can’t keep pretending everything is fine!” The journey to emotional health begins by quitting. Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger and sadness. She quit living someone else’s life. When you quit those things that are damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. When you quit for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way, you’re on the path not only to emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.

What do you get?

A5 slim paperback book, A5 slim Participants Workbook both 8 sessions. A DVD with 8 sessions, all fewer than 20 minutes to accompany the Participant’s Workbook. 90 minute sessions. Structured in 8 sessions:

  1. Quit Being Afraid of What Others Think.
  2. Quit Lying.
  3. Quit Dying to the Wrong Things.
  4. Quit Denying Anger, Sadness, and Fear.
  5. Quit Blaming.
  6. Quit Overfunctioning.
  7. Quit Faulty Thinking.
  8. Quit Living Someone Else’s Life.

Who is it for?

Women aged 20’s/30’s or Growing Christians, small group, individual. Can be used with non-churched women to introduce them in how the Bible applies to life on earth; for every woman who thinks, ‘I can’t keep pretending everything is fine!’

Cost?

DVD £17.49
Workbook £6.99
Paperback book £9.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material?

    Smart and modern.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims and outcomes are spelt out. The aim is to be taken on a journey either as an individual or as a group and learning to be freed and choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. The book can stand alone for individual use, and then use the Participant's Workbook and DVD with a group. It helps if the leader has read the book before running a group.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The Leader's notes are combined within the Participant's workbook, which everyone in the group is advised to own and work through. The Participant's workbook uses the short videos on the DVD within the structure of the chapter. There are suggestions of working alone or in a large/small group. The Participant's workbook is set out to be your own personal log, and to share what you feel able to but not all is necessary – partly practically due to time restraints, as well as keeping some things private to digest and pray about. Includes guidance on how to lead the group. Includes guidance as to how long each session will take overall as well as each question individually. Leader would have to give some preparation time to familiarise themselves with the content and pre-empt any sticking points or questions.

    Who could lead it?

    Someone confident and with a heart for serving women.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    If it is read as an individual, the main paperback works well for self-exploration. Clear language with a practical approach to change. Asks some deep questions and shows how Biblical-style quitting goes hand in hand with choosing freedom. An individual can also use the Participant's Workbook and DVD too but is designed for a group.

    How good is any digital material?

    Set out in 8 sessions to use with the Participant's Workbook, all fewer than 20 minutes. The first is longer as it provides some background. Features both Geri Scazzero and her husband Peter in an interview format. Modern, American style video, accessible. Church Campaign Resources for Download include:

    • Bulletin Insert.
    • Poster.
    • Postcard.
    • Banner Ad.
    • PowerPoint Slide.
    • A How To guide on running the course within the DVD cover.

    DVD is not really appropriate for 'unchurched' people as the language is quite liberal in using Christian terminology. The leader can use the Participant Workbook with ‘unchurched' and then watch the DVD episode and judge if appropriate for group. Case by case basis.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    For a group, familiarisation with material, plus preparation of any of the downloadable resources – posters or banner ads. Otherwise all would just be reading the material along with the booklet inside the DVD cover – great practical tips in there, this an excellent guide.

    Is there website support?

    Yes. www.emotionallyhealthy.org.

    Is it dated?

    Previously titled I Quit. This version is updated.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Good interaction when discussing Bible passages which are helpful in applying biblical narrative to lives today. Personal reflections and application is encouraged to be shared but not necessary. Each chapter is structured with a ‘Large Group Discussion' followed by ‘Starters', then a Bible Study and then ‘Small Group Application' with different exercises. The group is then encouraged to reconvene and watch the relevant DVD episode, reflect on what they have learnt both together and personally; closing with prayer and some homework.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    The book is good for personal learning and for those who like to learn alone. The Participant's Workbook gives the opportunity to discuss this further and learn from others in larger and smaller groups. The Participant's Workbook gives space for written thoughts, reflections and ‘answers'.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Would suit a wide range of women's groups, ranging from those who conduct their lives within a leadership role of a church, to mums who work in or outside the home, and single women. Practical in learning how to apply Biblical narrative to your life and then impact others. Great for going deeper into exploring your spiritual relationship with God. It can be tailored to the faith level of the group.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Good. The Book can be done alone, whereas the Participant's Workbook and DVD work to develop relationships with others in the group and grow and learn together. There is a strong emphasis on personal reflection and application.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Material in the Book is based on big picture of the Bible story and how it speaks into each 8-chapter topics. Many biblical references in each. In the Participant's Workbook each chapter has a Bible Study. The DVD episodes use stories from the Bible to illustrate. It works well.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Concise and clear. Structured well and examples are used to back up application advise. Speaks into how the Bible teaches about emotional health and the importance it has in your daily life, on others and for the Kingdom.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broad evangelical.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Not taught directly but working within a group naturally encourages this. The focus is on your own personal development with God and within the world today and learning together.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Very well.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Very well; challenges you to apply your faith to everyday life.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    For women, brilliantly.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not the main focus, but you're encouraged to use it with women in communities outside of church. It would have to be tailored to suit the group needs, but the content is friendly and accessibly due to its ‘life reflective' nature.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    The downloadable resources (posters) encourage leaders to use them and display to the community and encourage other women to join the group. Advertised as the study ‘for every woman who thinks, “I can't keep pretending everything is fine!”' A great way to build community.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus

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