Book Review: Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

Often in church we sing, “It is well with my soul.” But how do you know if your soul is well? And what do you do if your soul is not so well? How does one pursue a soul that is well? Perhaps even more why is it so important to pursue a healthy soul?

That’s why I love Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. John helps the reader to discover what the soul is, what the soul needs, and what the soul restored becomes. Even more John does this all while sharing intimate glimpses of his own soul and life lessons learned from Dallas Willard about the soul.

John does a great job of “huh” lessons that he learned from Dallas like …

“Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

“If your soul is healthy, no external circumstances can destroy your life. If your soul is unhealthy, no external circumstances can redeem your life.”

“What matters is not the accomplishments you achieve; what matters is the person you become.”

Yet Soul Keeping is more than a John Ortberg and Dallas Willard conversation, John brings in other studies, experts and most important of all Scripture to dig deep into the core of one’s being and who you and I are becoming. We are the keeper of our soul, the keeper of a living stream of water is the book’s ongoing image.

I give Soul Keeping 5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the lessons John shared from his life and his close relationship with Dallas Willard. Even more I appreciated the health it provided for keeping my own soul. Those seeking to live with a soul that is well will find this book a great guide along life’s path of soul keeping. My thanks to Zondervan and BookLook bloggers for a free copy to review. I didn’t have to give a positive review just an honest one.



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