For example, what would you expect to notice about their demeanor, their actions, and their interactions with others? But do note that it's not a ligh Open-heart surgery. This has been a formative book for me. I have been familiar with John Ortberg's work through talks he has given at the American Association for Christian Counselors and his book The Life You Always Wanted, which surprisingly is not a book of prosperity theology. Each of the six sessions in this study is designed to be completed in ninety minutes. Facilitation Each group should appoint a facilitator who is responsible for starting the video and for keeping track of time during discussions and activities.
What part of the teaching had the most impact on you? Group Practice Each session ends with a suggested application activity for group members to complete between sessions. This book reoriented my perspective to one that is life-giving to the soul: that I must arrange my days so that I am experiencing deep contentment, joy, and confidence in my everyday life with God. In other words, what might they reveal about what it means for you to engage in soul keeping? His book, The Life You've Always Wanted, had a significant impact on me. In Soul Keeping, John Ortberg helps Christians rediscover their soul—the best connection to God there is—and find out why it's hurting and why neglecting it has set so many believers so far back spiritually. It redirected my eyes and soul to Jesus. The book really explores the Christian, Jewish, and cultural definition and thinking about the soul but does not settle for some nebulous or vague notions about the importance of soul keeping.
First, Ortberg does a commendable job of differentiating between the soul and the self. Because I have been favorably impressed with his work in the past, I was eager to read Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You 2014. I bet it surprises you. All of us have an outer life and an inner life. He discusses suffering and what he thinks it looks like to die well, looking at Willard as a model. In what ways might the next twenty-four hours be different if you were to take this statement seriously? In this six-session, video-based small group Bible study, Ortberg shows that caring for your soul is necessary for your Christian life.
His bestselling books include Soul Keeping, Who Is This Man? In this section, Ortberg explains the needs and how we might fill them in a manner that integrates and heals the soul. Willard died in 2013, and the book also details the end of Willard's life and a deathbed commission to Ortberg and friends. Doing this has a devastating impact on the very essence of who we are. One is: you have a soul. John Ortberg shares about what it was like to know Dallas Willard a man I look forward to meeting in heaven and to learn from him about the soul. Watch the Trailer for Soul Keeping In this six-session study, Ortberg shows that caring for your soul is necessary for your Christian life.
We owe it to ourselves to take better care of it. This unconventional methods are a bit confusing to the average reader, but I can understand that the text reads more easily and unencumbered that way. I was harried and just reading to be done. Ortberg is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, though he also trained as a clinical psychologist. But they are not the whole story.
The book has some innovations, such as an abbreviated way of quoting that does not include who said some quotes, which is jarring at first, and no footnotes but first lines of a quote in the back list of footnotes. Soul Keeping was fantastic as well. Finally, I really liked the last two chapters. John described a distinction Dallas Willard made between being busy and being hurried: Hurry is the great enemy of souls in our day. It starts with an important and revealing analogy, one I've heard a few times, The Keeper of the Stream.
Very accessible to the average reader and even more relevant than that. Soul keeping is the way we come closer to God. John shows participants what your soul is, why it is important, how to assess your soul's health, and how to care for it so that we can have a meaningful and beautiful life with God and others. You might assume this would mean it's more of an homage or a biography. A damaged soul means a life of conflict, haste, envy, disappointment or discouragement—in other words, what most of us experience too much of the time.
Each I have been familiar with John Ortberg's work through talks he has given at the American Association for Christian Counselors and his book The Life You Always Wanted, which surprisingly is not a book of prosperity theology. Ortberg shares his own struggles with keeping his soul set on God and provides some pointers through his own daily experience of how he has developed the habit of walking through his day interacting with God. When you nurture your soul your life in this world will come to make sense again; you can find your way back to God from hopelessness, depression, relationship struggles, and a lack of fulfillment. Who wants trite advice when it comes to the deepest part of who you are? A soul needs a keeper—someone who is caring for it. Demolished this book in one sitting as it was gripping and captured my attention. It is important but it is also extremely limited.
Materials Needed Each participant should have his or her own study guide, which includes notes for video segments, directions for activities and discussion questions, as well as personal studies to deepen learning between sessions. When talking about the soul honesty is paramount. Your soul connects your thoughts, your sensations, your emotions, your will, and integrates them into an entire being. In the world of Christian psychology where I do some reading and writing, this is an important distinction. Because I have been favorably impressed with his work in the past, I was eager to read Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You 2014.
For example, how might it influence the decisions you make, the way you spend your time, or the way you relate to others? Rather, what I read had a soothing and drawing in effect- kind of like leaning back into a warm bath or spa. To lose my soul means I no longer have a healthy center that organizes and guides my life. In the twentieth century, we replaced community, society, church, and faith with a tiny little unit that cannot bear the weight of meaning. I was most impressed by Ortberg's honesty about his own life, and found Dallas Willard's words to have a tremendous effect on me, even though they were mediated through Ortberg's writing. The book and study are very focused on Dallas Willard, so if you like him, you'll enjoy this. But do note that it's not a lighthearted read, but it definitely is an uplifting one.