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Soul Keeping

Caring for the Most Important Part of You

by John Ortberg

From the author’s web­site: The soul is NOT a the­o­log­i­cal and abstract sub­ject.” The soul is the coolest, eeri­est, most mys­te­ri­ous, evoca­tive, cru­cial, sacred, eter­nal, life-direct­ing, frag­ile, inde­struc­tible, con­tro­ver­sial, expen­sive dimen­sion of your exis­tence. Jesus said it’s worth more than the world. 

You’d be an idiot not to prize it above all else. Shouldn’t you get pret­ty clear on exact­ly what it is? Shouldn’t you know what it runs on? Wouldn’t it be worth know­ing how to care for it? Two things are for sure. One is: you have a soul. The oth­er is: if you don’t look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement. 

From Ama­zon: When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul? The health of your soul isn’t just a mat­ter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s 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. We’ve neglect­ed this eter­nal part of our­selves, focus­ing instead on the tem­po­ral con­cerns of the world — and not with­out con­se­quence. Best­selling author John Ort­berg presents anoth­er clas­sic that will help you dis­cov­er your soul — the most impor­tant con­nec­tion to God there is — and find your way out of the spir­i­tu­al shal­low­lands to true divine depth. With char­ac­ter­is­tic insight and an acces­si­ble sto­ry-filled approach, Ort­berg brings prac­ti­cal­i­ty and rel­e­vance to one of Chris­tian­i­ty’s most mys­te­ri­ous and neglect­ed topics. 

2014

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But what makes *Soul Keep­ing* tru­ly spe­cial is Ortberg’s com­pelling por­trait of his friend and men­tor, Chris­t­ian philoso­pher Dal­las Willard, and his extra­or­di­nar­i­ly prac­ti­cal inter­pre­ta­tion of one of Willard’s most chal­leng­ing con­cepts: the nature and oper­a­tion of the human per­son. If you are new to Willard’s ideas, or didn’t get a chance to know him, or just want to remem­ber the grace and bril­liance of the man through Ortberg’s ten­der and grate­ful rem­i­nis­cences, this book is for you.
Elane O'Rourke

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