By John Ortberg
Zondervan Publishing Company, 9780310275978, April 2014, 210pp.
The Short of It:
If you’ve ever felt disconnected spiritually, there’s a good chance your soul was at the heart of it.
The Rest of It:
My life group read this book for our study and it was an interesting read. These kinds of books always seem to fall into my lap at the right time.
For the past few months I’ve felt “broken”, for lack of a better term. Just run down and ragged. I do all the right things and yet still feel empty sometimes. It’s the day-to-day routine that gets me. Waking up at 4 a.m., going to bed at 11 p.m. Same. Same. Same. I’v had enough. This book attempts to address this type of thing. If your soul is not good, the rest of you won’t be either.
I thought my soul was okay. Pretty good, actually. But after reading the book I see that my soul is not the center of my focus. I am now attempting to correct that. Did I get everything I wanted out of this book that I expected to? No. It left me feeling a little unsatisfied and flat. What Ortberg says, I agree with 100%. The important stuff needs to come first and the other stuff falls behind it. But the voice seemed off to me. It was a little repetitive and didn’t sound all that sincere even though Ortberg struggled with the very same thing.
All in all, I’m not sure my life group got a lot out of it. I think it would have worked better as a short video series or a podcast.
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