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I Quit [Paperback]

Scazzero Geri
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310321964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310321965
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with how they were doing their life and ministry. She finally told her husband, "I quit," and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her, her marriage, and her church. 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. I Quit provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. I Quit is for every person who thinks, I can't keep pretending everything is fine!" Biblical quitting goes hand in hand with choosing. When we quit those things that are damaging to our souls or the souls of others, we are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. When we quit fear of what others think, we choose freedom. When we quit lies, we choose truth. When we quit blaming, we choose to take responsibility. When we quit faulty thinking, we choose to live in reality. When we quit for the right reasons, quitting changes us. Something breaks inside of us when we finally say, "No more." But it must be done for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way. That's what this book is about.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't arrive so cancelled 1 May 2013
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This book took so long to arrive that we cancelled
Apparently it's being re-stocked with a different name
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for leaders 8 Sep 2011
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Geri Scazzero's book is an honest, sincere and candid look at many issues that swamp people in leadership roles. I Quit is an essential read for everyone involved in leadership situations who have at times wanted to quit but didn't want to quit. Geri reveals her own battles with expectations, frustrations and limitations and how she learned to work through them all. I Quit will equip the reader to grow through the tensions that are part and parcel of leadership and to overcome negative issues with positive outcomes. This book is a worthy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Quit! and so should you 5 Oct 2010
By Jenni French - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author of this book posits that many people are afraid to evaluate what's wrong in their lives because they fear change. The status quo may not be ideal, but it is, at least, comfortable, and so people choose to live in their discomfort rather than improving their situation and taking care of themselves.

However, there does come a tipping point when a person decides that enough is enough, and changes can then occur. Scazzero herself reached this point in her life when things weren't working, and she chose to make some positive changes that improved her relationship with God and her ability to minister to those around her.

Those of you who have read Cloud and Townsend's Boundaries will recognize many of the ideas in this book. Scazzero divides her book into several different "I Quit" statements where she encourages her readers to quit on thing in order to receive something else, like quitting faulty thinking in order to live in reality.

I appreciated Scazzero's practical approach to this topic, and I believe that her book is one that should be read by everyone in full-time ministry or anyone who has a lingering dissatisfaction with the status quo. It could be that it is time for your status quo to change.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These reviews are so different - did we read the same book? 25 Oct 2010
By Nancy A Cottington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book free from kindle. I am not a "religious" person, nor do I know the author.
This book is heavy on the religion, but I say whatever gets you through the day; however, I thought this book was fabulous in illustrating how sometimes we stumble into situations that either change and become overwhelming or just our own lack of initiative to set proper boundaries. It's hard to say no to family/friends/bosses/neighbors. This book is also about remaining true to yourself. To reminding you that you have a voice and even if something started with the best intentions that you have the right to set it down if it becomes too much. In our competitive society it is easy to get caught up in the work a full-time job/raise multiple kids/be the soccer mom/homeroom teacher/best friends/member of an extended family race. I wholeheartedly applaud anyone stopping, taking a step back and reevaluating if this situation is truly best for them. I read this book, recommended it to a friend who also downloaded it. We have already discussed buying this book in print because it is just one of those books you want on your bookshelf that you can pick up and read when things occasionally begin spiraling out of control.
What am I quitting? 1) I will no longer prop up a relationship that I should have allowed to collapse, 2) watching TV, because it really does not bring me joy...and I am just getting started.....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight On Living a Free Life 28 Oct 2010
By Cate Song - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The word "quit" often has a negative connoation and is often associated with giving up. In this book, Geri Scazzero does an effective job of how to quit the right things in order to live in freedom. A lot of what she has to say is contrary to the popular belief that DOING is our purpose in life. She brings the reader back to BEING, from which doing can become much more fruitful and restorative. I recommend this book to anyone who feels that they have been sucked into the lies that frenzy and busy-ness have created in our society. Take some time to read this book slowly - the tendency will be to go through it quickly - but if you take each chapter and soak in the concepts, it will do you a mountain of good.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a potentially myopic vision of healthy spirituality 23 Nov 2010
By dachkl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have had a number of conversations recently about emotional health in life and ministry. Some have argued that boundaries are necessarily for health and sustainability in ministry, while others have suggested that faithfulness calls for sacrifice. As I am currently in a rather demanding season of life wrestling through these issues, I was looking forward to reading Geri Scazzero's I Quit!: Stop Pretending Everything is Fine and Change Your Life (Zondervan, 2010).

While the book is written from Geri's perspective, it is co-written with her husband, Peter (co-author of The Emotionally Healthy Church). The book offers eight areas one might need to quit in order to pursue a healthy sense of balance emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, and vocationally:

* Quit Being Afraid of What Others Think
* Quit Lying
* Quit Dying to the Wrong Things
* Quit Denying Anger, Sadness, and Fear
* Quit Blaming
* Quit Overfunctioning
* Quit Faulty Thinking
* Quit Living Someone Else's Life

In these areas, Scazzero uses personal and biblical examples to show how 'quitting' in these areas offered release and freedom from the overbearing and unhealthy demands on her life as a wife, mother, pastor, and leader.

Scazzero does not shy away from her conviction that personal boundaries are healthy, necessary, and too often neglected for fear of not being seen as a "good Christian." This is a highly personal book and, at times, felt too personal as the author aired frustrations with marriage and family life throughout the book. Some of the examples and corresponding solutions felt a bit extreme, causing me, as a reader, to question whether my more moderate situation actually required the drastic changes encouraged in the book. While the book helpfully examines the common tendency to do too much, I wish there had been a more explicit focus on 'being' as an alternative to 'doing.'

I Quit! provides a helpful and encouraging call to examine one's life. The book asks good questions and demands personal reflection yet may offer an overly myopic focus on boundaries and 'saying no.' As such, it may need to be read alongside a more balanced and positive vision for healthy spirituality in order to truly start living an 'emotionally health life.'

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Point, Questionable Style 11 Nov 2010
By Kevin L. Nenstiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When Geri Scazzero tells you to quit, she wants you to pare out everything that separates you from your authentic, God-given life. She bases this on firm Christian grounding and faith that God has a plan for you. She doesn't want you to throw your hands in the air and leave in a huff; she wants you to know and act on the difference between Godly truth and worldly illusion.

On the one hand, I understand what Scazzero means by "quit." Who hasn't occasionally tried to live an inauthentic life, putting out others' fires, binding ourselves to a life that divides us from God's will. When worldly pressures start to sap our God-given spirits, it's surely time to put aside the distractions of this world and turn our focus to what God wants for our lives.

But on the other hand, I question how Scazzero conveys her point. Years ago, she distanced herself from her husband and co-author, Pete, when his needs left her drained. She regales us with anecdotes--"I had to move to another church," "I had to demand Pete help raise the kids," "I had to get a job outside the home"--until the Christian guidance started to sound like a laundry list of grievances against Pete, and I felt like a voyeur at a private therapy session.

I agree with Scazzero's core points, especially since she accurately identifies several key areas where I'm guilty of letting something divide me from God. But as Pete stories accumulate, my eyes glaze over, often right when I most ought to pay attention. This book has many rewards, but getting to them can be a challenge in its own right.
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