Book Review: Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

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“Bestselling author John Ortberg writes another classic that will help you discover your soul and take your relationship with God to the next level.” (Quote from John Ortberg’s website, http://www.johnortberg.com.)

Since Dallas Willard’s death, his person, work and ministry seem to be undergoing a packaging that will continue the Willard brand. Ortberg was one of his friends, perhaps, and perhaps just another young minister looking for a mentor in the brilliant academic. He has plenty of anecdotal material about Willard, visiting him in his home and speaking with him at conferences. While the subject is presented as Ortberg’s thought and teaching on “soul keeping,” much of the book drops Willard’s name shamelessly. I am not, theologically, am evangelical, nor strictly a Protestant, myself. I didn’t get much out of the book in terms of spiritual advice. It seemed self-serving, and Ortberg’s awkward attempts at humor were embarrassing. I was dismayed to…

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Jesus on the métro.

From a Bethanie intern:

In all things goodness.

October 2012. Paris. City of romance, beauty and history, it’s been my home for less than a week and I find myself trapped; no longer a tourist, not yet a local. Unsettled. The excitement and novelty of being here has yet to wear off, but so has the intimidation and smallness I feel faced with the enormity of this city. Miles away from the quaint cathedral city I used to call home. Even further from the small town in the Midlands where I grew up.

My heart yearns for comfort and amidst extravagant blessings upon blessings upon blessings, I still feel that I lack. I sit in the Sacre Coeur, listening to a man praying for la famille and tears come easily.

I’m a child in my Father’s arms shouting out His name as I long for my own earthly family.

I wander back to the métro station and get…

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