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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. Best-selling 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 shallow-lands 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 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan

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Dallas Willard for Dummies

I have read several of Dallas Willard's books. Some of them with friends who were equally intent on gleaning just some of the rich insights they presented. And we did, however always with some frustration and disappointment because we knew there was more.
John Ortberg has given people like me—and I know there are more—a gift. His account of his personal pilgrimage with Dallas as his mentor has afforded me a better understanding of some of the concepts I longed to understand from some of Dallas' writings.
Thank you, John. I mean no disrespect for the headline of this review...only gratitude.
Marty Villa

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Good Book - poor narrator

What did you like best about Soul Keeping? What did you like least?

Great Ideas - much of which are a summary of Dallas Willard's thoughts on Spiritual Formation. Ortberg is funny and has a great voice - it's too bad he did not narrate this audio book. It really detracted from his ideas that the narrator failed to capture his humor or proper emphasis.

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Ortberg is funny and has a great voice - it's too bad he did not narrate this audio book. It really detracted from his ideas that the narrator failed to capture his humor or proper emphasis.

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Ortberg is funny and has a great voice - it's too bad he did not narrate this audio book. It really detracted from his ideas that the narrator failed to capture his humor or proper emphasis.

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Excellent, meditative, and challenging!

"You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life." This book not only delves into why but touches on how. An excellent read and read with excellence. Highly recommended.

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Starts slow, ends well

I felt like the beginning took a long time establishing "what is the soul," but maybe that was helpful for some.
Last half was excellent and inspiring.

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  • Suzanne
  • Fort Worth, Texas, United States
  • 01-27-15

Good for Dallas Willard fans

Ortberg remembers his friendship with the late author, philosopher, and Christian apologist, and his (Ortberg's) own spiritual development over the course of more than 20 years. He discusses the need of the soul for rest. He is reassuring, even on the subject of the "dark night of the soul." The text is not very demanding (you might want to investigate St. John of the Cross), and it is at its best in the passages on Willard, whose books are very rich and rigorous. All in all, a good introduction to Willard, who is a wise man worth knowing. (His final book is to be published posthumously soon.)

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Soul Nourish

Great book on how to nourish the soul. Gold stars!! Must listen to this message

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How much God loves us!

loved this book, God helps us to under stand his ways much better through John and Dallas!

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Just What I Needed

This spoke so deeply to my soul (No pun intended)! I've been searching for the words to better describe some internal spiritual longings that haven't been answered through work, prayer, exercise, friendships, reading the bible, etc. This was the one focus I needed to better understand and open up too. highly recommended.

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Soul Keeping

I am thankful that my friend sent me the audible link for this book. I usually do not value audible books because I like to read the actual book, book mark it, and annotate it while I am reading it. There are many "aha" moments for me. In particular, the author made references to the difference between busy-ness and being in a hurry. Jesus ministry was busy, as is our day-to-day tasks. Hurried is an external pressure that we demand of ourselves that deems unproductive and leads to unnecessary stress. There are several "aha" moments to discus; however, the critical message for me was that we need to protect the soul the Lord gave us by learning more about Him to follow His life for His believers. I recommend this book for everyone who is searching for their purpose in life as well as those who think they have life figured out. Thank you for reading my review.

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Beautiful.

I found answers to questions I wasn't even asking myself. This book was a beautiful experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-17

Loved it!

Very interesting book to read and most helpful. I recommend it strongly to be read.

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  • dean
  • 11-09-15

Absolutely insightful

This book gives a wonderful insight in to the inner most parts of each person.
Absolutely recommend even to listen to multiple times