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Judah Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is ____, helps readers understand what steals their peace of mind and outlines the path to peace and fulfillment: understanding and implementing the healthy soul environment God originally designed.
Modern everyday life is stressful and confusing, full of overly packed schedules and circumstances outside one’s control. This can be especially troubling for Christians who are wrestling with reality while trying to put their trust in God. But the truth is, anxiety does not have to be the constant from day to day. In fact, all the things people most desire in life--peace of mind, hope for tomorrow--are rooted in one simple thing: how they care for the health of their souls. In How's Your Soul?, Judah Smith explores the various facets and needs of the inner person, demonstrating that the path to cultivating healthy souls starts with discovering God’s original design. He helps readers
find real peace and security by bringing their feelings into alignment with God’s truth,discover a healthy sense of identity from God and feel empowered to face the future with a new security and confidence, andlearn the four elements necessary for a healthy soul environment.
Sharing his own often humorous mistakes and foibles, Judah offers a helping hand as readers find their way through the emotional rollercoasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials rooted in what he calls the soul’s only true home--God himself.
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.