Most of us have a few people in life that when they suggest something, you do it. No questions asked. For example, David Quick is a stud chef whom I respect and love. When he says I need to get a particular kitchen or cooking item, I immediately go to Amazon (here is a great example) and order that item.
When Bowman texts me and says “You need to read this book.” I go straight to Amazon and get the book. On one particular day, Bowman said I needed to get “Soul Keeping” By John Ortburg.
Ortburg has a tendency to be a little deep and hard to understand at times. This book was not that way at all. So many insightful nuggets that make you think and challenge you in your faith.
Below, I have some nuggets that challenged me and why:
“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
In a world of digital and express and fast and deadlines; this one challenged me to the core.
“If your soul is healthy, no external circumstance can destroy your life. If your soul is unhealthy, no external circumstance can redeem your life.”
Wow, Keeping my soul healthy will greatly improve my mental thoughts as well as the ways I view myself and what I do.
“Someone said a long time ago, if the Devil can’t make you sin, he will make you busy, because either way your soul will shrivel. Our world will divert your soul’s attention because it is a cluttered world. And clutter is maybe the most dangerous result, because it’s so subtle.”
How true is this? When everything in this world is going great, we forget about God — not totally, but slowly. We slowly get out of the routine of reading our bible daily or spending time in prayer or going to church. UNTIL something extreme happens. Then, we quickly get back in the rhythm of our relationship with our Jesus.
I could go on and on for hours. You get the point. Ortburg has done a tremendous job of talking about what the Soul actually is and how we can keep it as healthy as possible.
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