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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Judah Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is __, explores what it looks like to cultivate a healthy soul in the midst of a busy life and points readers to the souls only true home and place of rest and fulfillment: God.
"Hows your soul?"
It may seem like an odd question, but its what pastor and bestselling author Judah Smith chooses to ask his friends, rather than "How are you?" Its a way to look past the externals and consider whats going on inside, in that essential part of us that is often overlooked in the struggle to make our way through everyday life.
In the rush of living moment to moment, many of us find ourselves simply surviving, struggling daily with frustration, restlessness, boredom, and ever-fleeting joy. But if we would pause, wed find that the things that matter most in life, what we are searching for in our busynessstability, peace, hope, loveare rooted in the health of what Judah calls the "inside you."
In Hows Your Soul?, Judah explores that "inside you." Sharing his own, often humorous, mistakes and foibles, he helps us find our way through the emotional roller coasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationships, all rooted in what he calls the souls only true homeGod himself.
Hows Your Soul? is an invitation to find lasting emotional satisfaction and stability by bringing our feelings into alignment with Gods truth, moving beyond simply surviving, and learning how to live each day with eternal significance.
Judah Smith is the lead pastor of the City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multisite church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known around the United States and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, practical, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book Jesus Is _.
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Book for EveryoneFebruary 14, 2017ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0New York Times Bestselling Author of Jesus is_________., asks a thought proving question in his new release, Hows Your Soul? I find it funny that he uses a contraction in the title, because he writes the entire book in the same casual speak. In fact, this book is very much like sitting in a room with Smith and simply talking to someone you know well. I think it is comforting to listen to Smith who never speaks above understanding and is never heady with theology.
As the title of the book eludes, Judah Smith is asking if your soul is in a healthy place. If haven't considered the question, it might be time, and this is likely the book for you. Smith walks through intriguing ideas like having a quiet soul in a hectic, fast past world, and how having an effective soul leads to an effective life and what that looks like. My favorite nugget in the entire book is in the chapter Is Love God or Is God Love. It is here Smith unwraps the idea that love is a roof without skylights. Smith states with regard to people in sin, We publicly cover them and privately restore them with the goal of bringing health in their lives. Smith encourages us to not be exposers, but to be a safe place for hurting people. I love this. It is very different from much of what we hear and see in our worldand on social media.
Even if you are still kicking the tires on the idea of God, or are a life-long Christ Follower, I would recommend this book to you, There aren't many Christian Living-Help books I would say that about or encourage people to read. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by BookLookBloggers and the book's publisher. I have not been compensated, and I was not required to give a positive review.
TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5How's Your Soul?February 6, 2017TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Most of the time I read books and find a few nuggets of wisdom, especially when those works are written by certain favorite authors. Other authors really capture my attention and cause me to delve deeper in the the Bible and into the book I am reading to try to understand the implications for my life in those nuggets. Judah Smith is one of those authors who I have grown to greatly appreciate over the past few years. This book by Judah is especially powerful.
I am a pastor and as I read the book, I found myself really trying to determine if my soul was healthy. Now Judah does not undertake the task of trying to be a "soul doctor", but he does an amazing job of drawing the Scriptures sharply into focus and allowing the Spirit to speak to the introspective reader. I have read and re-read many thoughts in this particular book which have caused me to seriously consider whether I am trying to minister in my own strength, or in the power and strength of God.
What I have determined is I carry much weight upon my shoulders and heart because I feel as if I need to fix issues of the people to whom I minister. This book is a God-sent book I believe. It has allowed me to realize the unhealthy state of my soul and to seek God's healing and restoration. It is not affecting only me, but my entire congregation. I think every Christian would benefit from reading this book and determining just how healthy their soul's are.
Scotty2 Stars Out Of 5Judah Smith's new book is an indulgence in personal story-telling ...January 16, 2017ScottyQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Judah Smith is a mega church rock star pastor. I didnt hold that against him when getting his latest book for review.
In fact, I greatly enjoy being able to highly recommend a book to my readers. I love reading! And I love good books!
But I just cant recommend this one.
The book Im referring to is, Hows Your Soul? (published by Nelson Books). My interest in reviewing the book was initially piqued after watching Smith in an early morning TV interview about the book. His latest book is all about a single question: Hows Your Soul? Smiths on-air time was spent explaining thats a better question to ask someone than, How are you?
His point is that weve become so used to the second question that we tend to gloss over any sincerity in answering it and claim were fine, whether or not we are. But its harder to dance around the question, Hows your soul?
Liking the premise, I was hoping to like the book.
I tried, but I couldnt, and heres why:
1. Smith takes a promising, interesting premise and attempts to stretch it into a book. If its a book, its not the one Smith wrote. The entire premise of the book can be well-argued in a single blog post or a Sunday sermon. Trying to turn it into 10 (yes, ten!) chapters of a book was too much. I almost always read my review books cover-to-cover, every single word. I almost did the same for this one I got to chapter 10 and finally gave up.
2. Have you ever hung out with a group of people where there was one person who was trying way too hard to be funny? Thats Smiths writing style. Some people will love that, after a while I found it annoying.
3. In my opinion (and of course, its only my opinion), Smith is occasionally sloppy with his theology. Thats not to say he doesnt make some very good points from scripture in this book he does. Hes also occasionally sloppy with his theology.
4. To get through the book, the reader has to endure a great deal of the author rambling through personal story after personal story after personal story after yet another personal story. The teaching throughout the book is heavily illustrated nearly entirely from personal stories from the authors own life. I was beginning to wonder if this book was really an autobiography.
I have no doubt that, in spite of these weaknesses in the book, some people will still enjoy reading it. They will either connect with the quirky self-indulgence of the writer, or just drink the kool-aid of reading a book from a trendy mega church rock star pastor. I couldnt do that, and I cant recommend it, either.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
incitefaithGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5How's Your Soul? [Book Review]January 16, 2017incitefaithGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Hows Your Soul? by Judah Smith was a good book to start 2017 with. The inside us is more important than the outside us and Judah explores this idea throughout this book. There were a lot of things I nodded in agreement with and this will more than likely be a book I revisit again throughout the year. I cant say though this is in my Top 5 favorites but its still early.
At the end of 2016 and even now I wrestle with the inside me more than the outside. I think its important sometimes to ask ourselves whats going on inside us and rather than ask people, How are you? we should instead ask them and ourselves, Hows your/my soul? This question will definitely change the way we connect with God and other people.
The chapter that really resonated with most with me was Is Love God or Is God Love? This is the only chapter I had to read more than once. Judah explores one of my favorite scripture verses on love.
Roofs Without Skylights
Love is a roof and a cover. Love protects, shields, and conceals the weaknesses of others. This doesnt mean we ignore sin; it means we dont use peoples faults and failures to expose or shame them. We publicly cover them and privately restore them with the goal of bringing about health in their lives.
Some people are roofs, but they have a lot of skylights. Skylight Christians have good hearts, but they are exposers, not coverers. They build skylights into every conversation because somehow the fact that they have the scoop makes them feel better about themselves. We dont have to do that though. We can be so secure in Gods love and our identity that we dont have to give people glimpses into other peoples business. We can be a safe place for hurting people, a place where they can find unconditional love and support both public and private while they get back on their feet.
This was by far the best chapter of Hows Your Soul? It made me evaluate my life, my friends, and how I talk of hurtful people and situations. Let me just say this is an area Im not perfect with. When Im hurting, I pray, I write, I vent. But Im learning how to navigate and process my hurt without being bitter or resentful or both.
I recommend this book if the inside you needs some repairing.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5How's your soul?January 9, 2017gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5HOWS YOUR SOUL?
Why Everything That Matters Starts With The Inside You
By Judah Smith
When you meet someone, you usually say or they say to you, How are you/ or How are you doing?, these are standard greeting used every day. What if you asked or was asked Hows your soul?, how would you or others react? Our soul is the most important part of us and the condition of the soul is what we need to be concerned about. In this book, Judah Smith describes the soul, the importance of the soul and what we need to do to improve our soul.
The following quote is from the back cover of the book:
A quiet soul is far more valuable than fame and fortune. A level soul, a balanced soul, a genuine soul---that is a gift from God.
The soul is our connection with God and needs to be kept in a healthy relationship with God. Judah uses humor and offer examples from life that will help you to have a healthy soul. He offers scripture and an easy way to understand what is needed to improve your soul.
I found the book easy to read and interesting and believe it could be used in Bible study, group discussions and enjoyable to all.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255