Book Review: Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

For Each Day

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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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