Soul Keeping: Book Review

Some times the best way to reconnect with our spiritual selves is through a book.  Talented authors have a way of guiding us into a deeper understanding of experiences, words, God, ourselves and others.  We read a lot of books in our tent.  Some are required and some are just for enjoyment.

One book that has been with us for a while is Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg. It is based on a mentoring relationship he shared with Dallas Willard.  His detailed writing about the soul and the deep conversations he enjoyed with Dallas Willard, shine a light on the heartbeat of our lives.  Our souls are our life.

When I read, I highlight the sentences that connect with my life.  Here are a few highlights:

“Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day.”

“What is running your life at any given moment is your soul.  Not external circumstances, not your thoughts, not your intentions, not even your feelings, but your soul.  The soul is that aspect of your whole being that correlates, integrates, and enlivens everything going on in the various dimensions of the self.”

“When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a healthy soul.”

“You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.”

“Being right is actually a very hard burden to be able to carry gracefully and humbly.  That’s why nobody likes to sit next to the kid in class who’s right all the time.  One of the hardest things in the world is to be right and not hurt other people with it.”

I wonder if you connect with any of these quotes? What does it feel like to think of your soul as your power house of life within you?

I wish we could visit more about it over coffee.  It is a conversation worth having.  If you have any good recommendations for spiritual books, I would love to hear about them too.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name. Psalm 103

From our Happy Tent to Yours,

Meredith Bell

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