Judah Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is ______, explores what it looks like to cultivate a healthy soul in the midst of a busy life and points readers to the soul’s only true home and place of rest and fulfillment: God.
“How’s your soul?”
It may seem like an odd question, but it’s what pastor and bestselling author Judah Smith chooses to ask his friends, rather than “How are you?” It’s a way to look past the externals and consider what’s going on inside, in that essential part of us that is often overlooked in the struggle to make our way through everyday life.
In the rush of living moment to moment, many of us find ourselves simply surviving, struggling daily with frustration, restlessness, boredom, and ever-fleeting joy. But if we would pause, we’d find that the things that matter most in life, what we are searching for in our busyness—stability, peace, hope, love—are rooted in the health of what Judah calls the “inside you.”
In How’s Your Soul?, Judah explores that “inside you.” Sharing his own, often humorous, mistakes and foibles, he helps us find our way through the emotional roller coasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationships, all rooted in what he calls the soul’s only true home—God himself.
How’s Your Soul? is an invitation to find lasting emotional satisfaction and stability by bringing our feelings into alignment with God’s truth, moving beyond simply surviving, and learning how to live each day with eternal significance.
Suggesting that God would want the souls he created to be healthy, Smith, lead pastor of the City Church in Seattle (Love Like Jesus), offers a disjointed collection of ways to rest in that knowledge instead of trying to give one's own soul what it needs. Just because one has faith doesn't mean the soul is healthy, he claims. Smith taps personal stories, biblical accounts, and contemporary culture for truths about what the soul needs to be satisfied, and conveys them in a sermon's rambling fashion. His "four Rs" talking points of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationship are taken from the Genesis account of God's creation of the soul: rest replaces worry, responsibility gives life a purpose, restraint leads to maturity, and relationship brings in helpers. With God as the anchor through life's toils and the irrational, undependable feelings that accompany them Smith says the soul can find what it needs to weather the storms, but he warns that it's futile to rely on anything else, including our own efforts, to satisfy a soul that hungers for God. For firm believers in the Christian message of redemption and faith, Smith's book will ease worries and strengthen the reader's commitment to God's plan.
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Absolutely incredible and life changing
I definitely recommend anyone to pick up this book. Often in today's age we get so caught up with the hectic and chaos of life, this book will allow you to be introspective and look after your soul which all of us needs. I actually cried at the end of reading this because it gave me the peace I needed (never cried at a book before and I'm a writer!) - highly recommend it, it'll change your life.