Soul Keeping by John Ortberg is an effort to help understand what the soul is and the importance of the human soul. In addition, the author shares about the significance of his long term relationship with his mentor, Dallas Willard, who passed away in May of 2013. Ortberg seeks to help the reader understand and care for his or her soul, while at the same time creating a memoir to Willard.
I am a huge fan of John Ortberg’s books. The Life You’ve Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat are two of my favorite books of all time. Therefore, when I see something new out by Ortberg, I typically get excited and want to read it. Soul Keeping, Ortberg’s newest book, was definitely not one of my favorites. While the book is full of great quotes and conversations Ortberg had with Willard, I had a hard time staying engaged in this book.
There are several positives to his book: I truly appreciate Ortberg’s humor and his authenticity. He is honest and transparent in his shortcomings with his family and as a pastor. In addition, there are some great lines in the book:
• From Dallas: “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life” and “Hurry is the enemy of the spiritual life”.
• The soul is never satisfied without God.
• The world teaches us to be more concerned with the condition of our cars and careers over the condition of our soul.
On the downside, I had trouble staying engaged in this book. Even though the chapters were short and the book personal, I was challenged to stay excited about this book. I don’t think I learned much that I hadn’t seen or read before and I was hoping for a better explanation of the proposed difference between the Spirit and the soul, if there is in fact a difference.
As I shared above, I would not put this in the same category as some of Ortberg’s other books.
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