Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You

Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You

by John Ortberg


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When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul? Bestselling author John Ortberg guides you through several practices to restore your soul so you can experience a life of wholeness, balance, and hope.

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.

Including reflections from his decades-long relationship with his friend and mentor Dallas Willard, 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 will help you connect more deeply with the God who gave you life and desires every day to bring more meaning, hope, and abundance to that life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310275961
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 62,222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Ortberg is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. His bestselling books include Soul Keeping, Who Is This Man?, and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches, writes articles for Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and is on the board of the Dallas Willard Center and Fuller Seminary. He has preached sermons on Abraham Lincoln, The LEGO Movie, and The Gospel According to Les Miserables. John and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their three adult children, dog Baxter, and surfing the Pacific. You can follow John on twitter @johnortberg or check out the latest news/blogs on his website at

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Henry Cloud 9

Prologue: The Keeper of the Stream 13

Introduction: Holy Ground 17

I What the Soul Is

1 The Soul Nobody Knows 27

2 What Is the Soul? 37

3 A Soul-Challenged World 49

4 Lost Souls 62

5 Sin and the Soul 71

II What the Soul Needs

6 It's the Nature of the Soul to Need 81

7 The Soul Needs a Keeper 88

8 The Soul Needs a Center 99

9 The Soul Needs a Future 107

10 The Soul Needs to Be with God 116

11 The Soul Needs Rest 126

12 The Soul Needs Freedom 141

13 The Soul Needs Blessing 152

14 The Soul Needs Satisfaction 161

15 The Soul Needs Gratitude 169

III The Soul Restored

16 Dark Night of the Soul 179

17 Morning 189

Epilogue 193

Acknowledgments 195

Bible Versions 197

Sources 199

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