Ever found yourself without the mental health you need in order to thrive? Is it sometimes hard to manage your emotions well, even though you pray, read your Bible, and serve others? Does God seem to be some illusive presence that you just can’t seem to sense or hear?
This practical and yet, intensely personal book will give readers a different model for moving towards emotional maturity. Learning to sense God enjoying her by using the Immanuel Approach, no matter what, turns out to be the beginning of an intimacy with the Creator that the author never dreamed possible.
Wholehearted living begins with joy, that feeling you get when someone is glad to be with you. Joy has the power to manage all that goes on inside of us… when there is enough of it. Unfortunately, however, for many of us there is very little joy inside compared to the shame, fear, sadness, anger, and hopeless despair that swirl about. The result of this imbalance is emotional shutdown or meltdown, which leave us unable to fully connect with those around us. Depression and addiction run rampant when joy is lacking. And yet most of us are never shown healthy ways to deal with our emotions, to express them well, and to build the joy we need in order to endure the hardships of life. Showing you the process towards emotional maturity is precisely what Back to Joy intends to do.
Not a “how-to” that simply gives you steps to follow, Back to Joy: An Intimate Journey with Jesus into Emotional Health and Maturity actually shows you
• What it looks like to sense God’s enjoyment of you no matter what through the Immanuel Approach
• How going back to your past can free you to wholehearted living in the present
• That your needs are valid and that God wants you to learn to receive
• What suffering well looks like when you have been attacked
• The radical mission God is on to seek and save all that was lost in your life and in the lives around you, including your mental health!
By reading intimate journal entries spanning 18 years of her life as a Missionary, Relational Coach, Pastoral Counselor, daughter, wife, friend and mother you will see how Jesus has gently cared for the author, revealed His truth to her, healed traumatic memories, convicted her when she was stuck in harmful paradigms, and ultimately led her into emotional maturity and wholehearted living.
Toni’s book is an inspiring statement that you do not have to settle for a mediocre relationship with the Creator of the Universe. What are you waiting for? His delight in you can and will radically change your life as you let Him lead you back to joy and into emotional maturity.
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About the Author
In 1997, she and her husband, Matt, moved to Uruguay, South America to start a church among the ‘most unreached group of people in all of the Americas,’ as described by Operation Mobilization.
This endeavour led them to nurturing “healthy, vibrant families of Jesus” that would be able to transform the world around them.
Also drawn to provide emotionally safe places for children to explore their Christian spirituality, Toni introduced Godly Play to Uruguay in 2006. As of 2016, she has trained over 200 teachers and catechists, and more than 2,000 children have had the privilege of being a part of the community of Godly Play.
As an Interpersonal Relationship Specialist and Pastoral Counselor with more than 15 years of international experience offering training workshops and skills-based coaching, Toni’s passion is to help establish joy-filled, Christ-Centered environments that produce healthy relationships and increase resilience.
Toni is currently the Director of The Geronimo Center for Innovation and Leadership, which she co-founded in 2008 with her husband, Matt. This Uruguay-based, non-profit organization seeks to initiate a revolution of joy in the most secular and suicidal nation in the Americas by forming emotionally healthy leaders from all sectors of society who follow Jesus in transforming their world.
With a BA in Spanish and Sociology, and a Master’s in Leadership and Church Planting from Columbia International University, Toni completed her diploma in Psycho-Spiritual Counseling from the Universidad Católica de Uruguay in 2009. Other specialized training includes a certificate in Healthy Interpersonal Relationships from the International Trainer’s Association and PREP, inc., a relationship enhancement training based in Denver, Colorado. In July 2016 she will finish the three-year Thrive Leadership Training with Life Model Works.
Toni’s hobbies include karaoke, quilting, and sports. She loves being outdoors and spending time building joy with family and friends, especially her husband, their three children, and her poodle, Champagne.