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Challenging, but an invitation to emotional health
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
This course takes some commitment and work- - there's a book, workbook, and devotional book, plus a course DVD. We asked the class to commit to attending all the sessions as far as possible. The challenge for us was that each session was planned for 1.5 hours, so we had to figure out how to split it up for shorter classes. But most of the material was eye-opening, especially in our evangelical context in which we are inclined to view emotion as an iffy source of mostly questionable choices. EHS reminds us that not only are our emotions part and parcel of what and who we are as human beings in God's image, but that God may speak to us through our emotions, and we need to recognize, acknowledge, and respond to our emotions in the right way - examine and triage, as it were. EHS tries to get us to slow down and, first of all, "be" - be with God. Spend time with God. Be silent before him in order to receive, but also just to enter more deeply into relationship with him. Let go, trust more, let your actions and ministry flow out from this being and depth.
EHS also helps us deal with "The Wall" - events or seasons when we are undergoing a period of intense struggling with life and faith - reminding us that these are expected, and, if we can push through them, treasures await on the other side, not least of all of which is a closer relationship with God.
I felt the least helpful exercise was genogramming our family tree, but maybe that was because I don't know enough about my family to do so. It will probably be helpful to those who do know enough to complete it with more detail. Also, the emotional maturity evaluation on their web site needs fixing - the "results" were far too broad; more granularity is needed. As it was a couple of months ago, it looked like it was just calculating an overall score and lumping you into large categories, then saying what you're like based on every attribute of that category.
In the end, though, this was a great course with many life lessons and skills to consider. One participant urged us to teach this to the teens, said she wished she had been taught this material when she was younger. I agree, it's a course everyone should take.