Review: Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping
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.

Source: Borrowed
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Sunday Matters: He’s Back and Summer is Ticking Away

Sunday Matters

My son is back from Orlando and he is also another year older! TWENTY years old now.

Evan DCP 2018

Right Now:

Getting reading to head out to church and then later this afternoon, my MIL is having a BBQ for my son’s birthday. I am making a pasta salad to bring and maybe another dessert.

This Week:

My week is pretty open. Just work, volunteering and book club. I hope it’s cooler this week. Our weather has been hellish and deadly. I feel my skin shriveling up every time I go outside.


I am reading The Immortalists for book club. I am reading other books too but I keep switching them out and I am not really getting anywhere. However, I have added tons of new books to my reading pile. My reading brain has already moved into fall even though summer is not to be ignored.


I tried to watch The Greatest Showman at last weekend’s movie night but it was 106 and sunny. I could not see a thing so I must rent it.

As for TV, I haven’t been watching anything.


I got this Greek bottled marinade the other day and made some grilled chicken. That was the best chicken! So lemony and juicy. I served it with roasted potatoes and green beans which was dumb because I had to use the oven and it was so darn hot.

On another night we had chicken again but with chopped seedless cucumbers, Feta, roasted tomatoes (again, the oven) and some hummus.

Grateful for:

All of us being in the same house again. It went by so fast but it was so weird the entire time. While away, the boy learned how to eat steak the right way (medium rare) and he eats sushi now!

I die.

Chatting with friends about books and life…