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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Soul Keeping - John Ortberg

Caring for the most important part of You.  Foreward by Dr. Henry Cloud.  Published by Zondervan Publishing.  I have enjoyed the author's previous books, and was looking forward to this one.  I enjoy the honesty, humor, and downright humanness he brings to the subjects.  Dallas Willard is mentioned so often in this book, he might as well have been listed as co-author.  That is not a criticism, but an observation.  In fact, The Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College logo is on the back of the cover.
The question is asked"When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul?"  We all think about our bodies, our possessions, our careers. But, how many times have we actually though about the most important part of us. Some of us are more concerned about a dent on our car, then a dent on our soul. And it's so much easier to hide a dented soul.
John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, Ca. The soul "holds our connection to eternity and can help us see past the petty concerns of the present." as the author states.  Three parts make up this book, What the Soul Is, What the Soul Needs, and The Soul Restored.  In the final chapters, Mr. Ortberg describes the death of Dallas Willard, the life he lead, and the legacy he left. This book being one of those.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Dallas Willard, and needs to discover, or be reminded, of the importance of care of the soul.

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