I have said it before, but Humble Roots has similar themes to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero, which we read the Fall of 2015. At least four times in my notes for the chapters we read today, I wrote: “Makes me think of EHS.” or “EHS! Discussion of limits!” I even dug out and shared a bit from a blog post written when we read Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.
In chapter 2, Scazzero lists and explains The Top Ten Symptoms of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality.
- Using God to run from God
- Ignoring the emotions of anger, sadness, and fear
- Dying to the wrong things
- Denying the past’s impact on the present
- Dividing our lives into “secular” and “sacred” compartments
- Doing for God instead of begin with God
- Spiritualizing away conflict
- Covering over brokenness, weakness, and failure
- Living without limits
- Judging other people’s spiritual journey
If you want to read the full post, you can here. In Humble Roots, we see how unhealthy spirituality is directly related to “the shame, around our limitations, imperfections, and change” our bodies go through. I appreciated Hannah’s discussion of how humility can inform how we steward our bodies and that we can honor the physicality of them.
On page 88 (in the physical book) this paragraph stood out to me: “We do not hate our bodies for what they are; we hate them for what they are not. We hate them for not being godlike. We hate them for being imperfect. We hate them for being limited. And like the man and woman in the garden, instead of rejecting the pride that tells us we could be like God, we reject the bodies that tell us we cannot.”
Later in the chapter her discussion on male / female relationships was some of the best I’ve read. Hannah was able to articulate what I have wanted to (and which I could have been able to. Oh wait, hello pride, my old friend.)
“And the very things that were given to unite us—our biological differences—now divide us. The problem is so real and dangerous that Christians often feel the need to establish standards of deportment for men and women. We tell women they must dress a certain way and make exacting pronouncements about what is modest and what is not. We tell men they must not have female friends, confirming for them that all women are attempting to control them through their sexuality. We tell both to be suspicious of the other, always looking for the deeper motive behind a gesture, a look, or an outfit.”
In Chapter 6, I loved the rich discussion on emotions and would love to hear what stood out to you. Do you agree with how she expressed things? Disagree? What think ye?
Near the end of the chapter she wrote: “Humility teaches us that we must pray and speak truth and love, but must not nag and pressure and guilt and manipulate. Humility teaches us to trust God. And suddenly a burden rolls off our back. We are no longer responsible to produce faith in another person’t heart. (As if we ever could.) We are no longer responsible for someone’s relationship with Christ. We are no longer responsible for the Holy Spirit’s work. He is.”
And “Because God’s heart is greater than my heart” I can, among other things, trust Him to care for me when my heart breaks through disappointment or suffering.
If your book is anything like mine, there two chapters are marked up! I’m anticipating a rich discussion in the comments and look forward to it!
Next week we will discussion Part 4 (The Vine) in Scouting the Divine.
See you in the comments, friends.
Reading plan for Humble Roots and Scouting the Divine:
March 6—The intros to the two books (Wonderment in SD, Sowing Seeds in HR)
March 13—Part 1 (The Good Shepherd) in SD
March 20— Chapters 1 and 2 in HR
March 27—Chapters 3 and 4 in HR
April 3—Part 3 (Land of Milk and Honey) in SD
April 10—Chapters 5 and 6 in HR
April 17—Part 4 (The Vine) in SD (Retreat this weekend!)
April 24—Last week was retreat so to have time to focus on the retreat, no extra reading his week. We will have a Get to Know and get back to reading this week. Also, I will announce the summer reading!
May 1—Chapter 7 in HR
May 8—Chapters 8 and 9 in HR
May 15—Part 2 (The Harvest) in SD
May 22—Chapters 10 and 11 in HR
May 29—We made it! Two books read in tandem we will review and have a Get to Know