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When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul? Best-selling author John Ortberg guides you through several practices to restore your soul so you can experience a life of wholeness, balance, and hope.

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.

Including reflections from his decades-long relationship with his friend and mentor Dallas Willard, 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 will help you connect more deeply with the God who gave you life and desires every day to bring more meaning, hope, and abundance to that life.

©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

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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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Take care of your Soul

Great reminder to take time to step away for fast, entertainment, over serving life to take time for the soul. This book is filled with great short stories and helpful insight on how God wants us to take time think, spend, and reflect and slow down our souls.To work on our soul is to be of better use to others.

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I may need to also purchase a written copy

Gets better the deeper into the book you go. I am going back to re-listen to some chapters and take notes.

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Excellent insight into our souls.

Offers encouragement and guidance for nourishing our souls and a better understanding of what and who is primary in our lives. I am more able to seek and hear God's word when focusing on keeping my soul right with God.

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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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Soul Nourish

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

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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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very helpful in my christianity

Thankful for this as it narrates how we take care of our spiritual life. Thank you! will listen again.

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  • 03-19-18

All good points but none I haven’t heard before

Dallas Willard and John Ortberg have really inspired and encouraged my faith and I would highly recommend their writings. However, having read quite a few of their books, I didn’t find this one added much to my understanding of their theology and key points. It is obviously important to Ortberg to express his respect and admiration for Willard, and he clearly mourns the loss of a close friend and mentor. However, as I listened to this book, I felt a little uncomfortable at the height of the pedestal on which he puts him!

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  • 07-25-20

I want to read it again!

Everyone should read this book. Treasure we all have is revealed with clarity, ease and humour. Just finished it but want to read it again.

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  • EdgarCainaAmazon
  • 07-12-18

It is a soul-nourishing book

I loved the content and the reader as well. This booj is indeed very interesting. It moved me to look after my soul.

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  • 06-30-18

Superb mind blowing book

This book is the best Ortberg book I have ever read. It is thought provoking, challenging and encouraging. I have read it twice and will go back to it again in the future. He quotes from many sources but in particular refers to the late Dallas Willard. As someone who is particularly interested in soul/spiritual care and pastoral care, I highly recommend it. It will bless and challenge in equal measure.

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  • Norma
  • 03-20-17

Loved it!

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

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  • Blessing Agada
  • 08-26-19

Great book

Best book to listen to for purpose . The narrator is an excellent narrator . Highly recommended

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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