Soul Keeping by John Ortberg – Review

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg: 5/5 Stars

First things first, happy Memorial Day. Today is an impactful day for me as I try to remember and honor the sacrifice of the incredible men and women who laid down their lives for this country. It also reminds me of the first war hero, Jesus Christ, who fought the battle of flesh and darkness for us. He has already won.

Second, you may have noticed it’s been quiet around here lately… Well, I have been all kinds of bloggish evil because I took a week off. GASP! I’ve been spending a lot of time getting my blog just right and reading (and writing reviews) like crazy to crank out three posts a week. It’s hard sometimes. I want every review I write to be a good one, so it can be stressful sometimes to stick to a (pretty ruthless) schedule. So I was lazy. I’m sorry. But I have been planning my next few months on The Bibliologist and creating some new content, and I’m so excited to share them with you in the coming weeks! So, it’s not all been for nothing. 😉

That was long. NOW THE REVIEW.

I read a non-fiction book! I read a non-fiction book! I read a NON-FICTION book!

Take note, write it down in your glossy black notebooks, because it’s not happening again anytime soon.


But it did happen this month. Which is shameful.

Just kidding. The book was actually all kinds of awesome.

Let’s talk about it.

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Adult  / Genre: Non-Fiction, / Content: 14+ / Recommended

When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul?

The health of your soul isn’t just a matter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.

In an age of materialism and consumerism that tries to buy its way to happiness, many souls are starved and unhealthy, unsatisfied by false promises of status and wealth. We’ve neglected this eternal part of ourselves, focusing instead on the temporal concerns of the world—and not without consequence.

Bestselling author John Ortberg presents another classic that will help you discover your soul—the most important connection to God there is—and find your way out of the spiritual shallow-lands to true divine depth. With characteristic insight and an accessible story-filled approach, Ortberg brings practicality and relevance to one of Christianity’s most mysterious and neglected topics.

(via Goodreads)

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg (Cover)
Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

“For the soul to be well, it needs to be with God.”

Soul Keeping is a book talking about the importance of caring for your soul from/in a Christian perspective. I’m a Christian (I have a few Bible study posts here if you want to check them out!) and I know by experience that talking about the soul can be really hard! How can you explain something that you know is there, feel distinctly, but don’t fully understand yourself? That’s where Soul Keeping comes in. Ortberg explains every facet of the soul so well and so clearly that it just clicks. He makes so much sense making something that can feel so intangible, tangible.

“A paradox of the soul is that it is incapable of satisfying itself, but it is also incapable of living without satisfaction. You were made for soul-satisfaction, but you will only ever find it in God.”

His writing style was laid back and approachable. He made it easy to learn about the complexity and paradoxes of the soul by being very honest, upfront, and simple. It was refreshing. Upbeat, humorous, yet at the same time deep. But never intimidating. I appreciated that.

The subject matter itself was incredibly insightful. I found so many things to apply in my life personally. If you’re wrestling with feelings of darkness, dissatisfaction, spiritual silence, a lack of peace, feelings of hurriedness, struggling with what to do Christian freedom, finding value and acceptance in Christ, letting that satisfy—then this book is for you! I cannot begin to say how much I’ve learned from it!

It’s a book I want to underline and highlight to death. There’s so much to take away from each chapter and so much wisdom in it’s pages—I couldn’t recommend it enough.

“I was operating on the unspoken assumption that my inner world would be filled with life, peace, and joy once my external world was perfect.”

I’m not an expert at non-fiction reviews, so this is going to be it for what I’m going to say about Soul Keeping, but I whole-heartedly enjoyed this instructive, formative (very short and to-the-point) book on caring for such a looked over, ignored part of our lives, and the lessons learned are critical for a flourishing life with God.

A wise use of time. I don’t regret a minute.

Hey! Where did the content ratings go?!

No worries, they’re still here! But due to the nature of this book, it doesn’t make sense for me to add one for this particular read. It’s totally awesome for anyone to read—so long as they can understand the concepts presented for discussion! 🙂