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Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. These are all symptoms of a soul that has lost touch with its source of life. Like a flower snipped from the vine, the soul that is not turned toward God can only wither away.
In Soul Keeping, bestselling author John Ortberg sheds light on the most overlooked, underrated, and least-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the "with God" life isn't just a good idea--it's the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction. Hardcover.
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Publication Date: 2014
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When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul?
The health of your soul isnt just a matter of saved or unsaved. Its the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. Its the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.
In an age of materialism and consumerism that tries to buy its way to happiness, many souls are starved and unhealthy, unsatisfied by false promises of status and wealth. Weve neglected this eternal part of ourselves, focusing instead on the temporal concerns of the worldand not without consequence.
Bestselling author John Ortberg presents another classic that will help you discover your soulthe most important connection to God there isand find your way out of the spiritual shallow-lands to true divine depth. With characteristic insight and an accessible story-filled approach, Ortberg brings practicality and relevance to one of Christianitys most mysterious and neglected topics.
John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who is this Man, The Life You've Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. John and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children.
SparkyClare, MIAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Soul Keeping - Nurturing our SoulAugust 3, 2014SparkyClare, MIAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I feel privileged to have met Pastor Ortberg many years ago but more importantly I am thankful that he shares his personal struggles within his books, DVD's, sermons and other teachings. Without a doubt we all have struggles and heartaches. With wonderful teaching books like Soul Keeping we are encouraged along our own personal path of growth and service to a place where we can feel more normal and able to serve.
I've read some reviews that say that the reader felt that this book is a tribute to Dallas Willard, or that Pastor Ortberg obtained a lot of the material for this book from Dallas. I've been reading John's books for some twenty years and also listening/watching the sermons that he has delivered over the past decade and what I've seen is a man that is growing in his service to God our Father. As a result I've also grown from his teachings.
Soul Keeping, Caring for The Most Important Part of You draws from several of John's previous books, his sermons and certainly from the deeply personal mentoring that he was fortunate to have received from Dallas. In my humble opinion this book is the very best that John has written! I first read the book a couple of months ago, purchased the companion DVD and watched/studied it and am now rereading the book which I likely will do many more times.
Thank you Pastor Ortberg for caring for our souls and for helping us learn how to care more intimately for our own souls. As a result we can all grow closer to our Father and in our service to Him in this place.
RecipesDealsEtcAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Honest, specific and written with loveMay 10, 2014RecipesDealsEtcAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Soul is quite the mystery isn't it? It is referred to very often in scripture and sung about in churches weekly, and yet defining the soul or locating it even can be a challenge. If you are feeling an emptiness and desire to see if your soul is calling to you, then this book is a great start. John Ortberg has written a lovely book, filled with kindness, humor and raw truth for any reader desiring to do exactly what the book says "care for the most important part of you". Ortberg takes the reader through his discussions with Dallas Willard and explains what he learned about the soul from Willard and then of course scripture as well. I appreciated how specifically and throughly Ortberg helps the reader self identify warning areas where the soul is concerned and also how the reader is not left empty but is given tools to learn how to care for themselves. This is a great read for any person desiring to grow deeper in their personal relationship with Jesus.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Caring for the most important part of youApril 22, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5"Your soul is not just something that lives on after your body dies. It's the most important thing about you. It is your life." (19) Ortberg received that wisdom from Dallas Willard.
That led Ortberg on a journey to know his soul - and to write this book. What is your soul? How do you care for it? How do you keep it healthy? That's what this book is about.
A soul is healthy when there is harmony between the will, mind, body, and God's intent for all creation. Sin always causes dis-integration. The world we live in keeps us from attending to our souls. Our souls are fallen and needy. That need is meant to point us to God but we turn elsewhere.
Ortberg reviews what the soul needs. One need that particularly struck me was a center. When the soul is without a center we have difficulty making a decision, we feel constantly vulnerable to people or circumstances, we lack patience, we are easily thrown, and we find our identity in externals. That's just one of the nine needs about which Ortberg writes. He also covers how to identify enemies of the soul and soul-fatigue.
"I and no one else am responsible for the condition of my soul," Ortberg writes. (84)
This book is an important one for each of us as we make our way in life. Reading this book has given me much to think about. I'll be paying better attention to the health of my soul. I encourage you to do the same. Reading this book will help you.
Food for thought - if the quotes below resonate with you, you need to read this book!
"You must arrange your days so that you are experiencing total contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God." (85)
"Doing nothing does wonders for the soul." (136)
"Whenever you're disappointed, whenever you don't get your way, take that disappointment as a chance to practice soul-satisfaction in God." (161)
I received an uncorrected advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5A good reminderApril 22, 2014mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Perhaps for me this is mistitled, I would have chosen "Soul Keeping; my life spent with Dallas Willard." Mr. Willard died May 8, 2013 and the author of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg spent many years under his tutelage. And so for as much as this book is about nurturing your soul, it's also a memoir of much of what Willard taught the author.
The first half of the book is an overview of what Dallas Willard taught the author and the second half of the book focuses on the need for a healthy soul.
We have Christian terminology that would say that when you become a Christian your "soul" is "saved." But beyond that, I don't know that there is a section of Christianity that bears responsibility for "soul upkeep."
But the health of our soul, is the health of our spirituality. It's the part of us that falls in love with God, it's the nurturing side of us that comes out of us through Christian service. A healthy soul knows when to be impartial and is humble and is slow to judge others.
I have read a few other Ortberg book that I have enjoyed a lot more. Undoubtedly he is on my favorite pastors and I certainly love Dallas Willard as well, I just don't know if I'd say this new book is a "classic" as of yet... I wasn't blown away by it, nor did it have earth shattering information that I didn't already know, I think it was just a nice read and a nice reminder.
Thank you to Zondervan for an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
dockanzEau Claire, WIAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Festschrift to Dallas WillardApril 20, 2014dockanzEau Claire, WIAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been familiar with John Ortberg's work through talks he has given at the American Association for Christian Counselors and his book The Life You Always Wanted, which surprisingly is not a book of prosperity theology. Because I have been favorably impressed with his work in the past, I was eager to read Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You (2014).
Ortberg is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, though he also trained as a clinical psychologist. Each of those facts are important background in this book about caring for the soul. Additionally, Ortberg was profoundly influenced by the work of Dallas Willard who in May last year. In many regards, this book is a festschrift to Willard. Not only are Willard's influences deeply felt, Ortberg went out of his way to weave many stories about the man, a welcome addition.
Essentially, this short book is a study in how we care for the most important part of us our souls. At the outset, Ortberg seeks to define the soul so that the reader is able to proceed from a place of common understanding. Once he establishes what the soul is, he moves on to reviewing what the soul needs and eventually how the soul is restored.
There were a few things that I particularly appreciated about this book. First, Ortberg does a commendable job of differentiating between the soul and the self. So often in modern thinking about mental health, we think only about the self, which Ortberg suggests is misguided. Rather, we should focus on the soul, which defines who we are in relation to God. In the world of Christian psychology where I do some reading and writing, this is an important distinction.
Second, Ortberg effectively weaves in his understanding of the importance of spiritual disciplines. As one deeply influenced by Willard and involved in the Renovare conferences, he views disciplines as important. He discusses these in more depth in his book The Life You Always Wanted, though here they find an organic place.
Finally, I really liked the last two chapters. Essentially, these deal with his final interactions with Dallas Willard. He discusses suffering and what he thinks it looks like to die well, looking at Willard as a model.
On the whole, I would strongly recommend this book. I wish more "Christian psychology" and soul care would look like this book. It is deeply relational, hopeful, and grounded in the truth of the gospel.
I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Look Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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