I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but at some point over the last 10 years, someone gave me a copy of a John Ortberg book. I don’t even remember which book it was, but as soon as I read it, I was a fan. Over those 10 years, I have read every one of his books. If I had the opportunity to sit down with an author and just listen, John Ortberg would be one of the authors on a very short list. Some of his books have literally changed the trajectory and understanding of my faith. When I read the forward of his new book – “Soul Keeping” – I found it interesting that he shared a very personal moment when he sat with one of his literary heroes, Dallas Willard.
Soul Keeping is the result of the many years of learning and relationship that John Ortberg gained from Dallas Willard. It is his way of honoring a man that had a deep impact on his life. By writing Soul Keeping, John Ortberg is hoping to do the same for anyone that might read it as well. It is a treasure and worth reading. It honors Dallas Willard well and contains great information about something I think we all neglect…..our soul.
This book is an opportunity to step back and see arguably the most important part of who we are. We get so caught up in so many things that don’t really matter, but the soul is everything. As with all of his books, John Ortberg mixes great story telling, humor and important thoughts. Reading “Soul Keeping” only further cemented my desire to some day sit at his feet and just listen and learn.
I give Soul Keeping a 4 out of 5.
“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”