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Review by Rayna: How’s Your Soul?
How’s your soul? Is a question most of us avoid not Judah Smith. In fact, he asks his friends this often and this book is a book about how he explored the answer to this question for himself.
The book challenges you to look deep. Even though vulnerability is scary and it feels much saver to be superficial and not allow others to see if you are really OK on the inside. Outward indicators are usually how we judge how things are going in our life but success is not how we know if we are OK on the inside.
To examine if you are satisfied, stable and healthy to determine how your soul is doing.
Our health and wellness moves from the inside out. Most of the time when we struggle with inner peace we double down on the work on the outside, sadly that doesn’t bring peace. You can’t make all the outside things go the way you want and you can’t escape what is not going well.
Our souls must learn to lean on and into God, the giver of our souls.
Relating to God from a place of forgiveness and acceptance from Jesus helps us find deeper fulfillment in God on a soul level will change everything.
Jonah challenges us to find a nurturing environment as God created it for us in the beginning. A place of rest, responsibility, restraint and relationships rooted in God only. He takes a closer look at each of this things in the light of God’s design for us.
One of the most powerful parts of this book for me was when Jonah examined how we often deal with emotions today. Most of us allow our emotions to rule our world. We have even gotten to a place that if we feel something is true then decide it must be. Facts are evaluated in the light of our feelings.
Fulfillment, peace, joy, health on the inside, are often found by doing the exact opposite of what we feel like doing in the moment. Our feelings can’t rule our lives. How much different would your life be today if you were to step out of the place where you trust your feelings so much?
Another section that spoke to me was about control. “We all struggle with viewing ourselves as god of our own lives.” My first reaction was probably like yours, no way. But Jonah goes on to say we have responsibilities but we are not in charge of our own fates. You can’t live like it is all up to you. If you do you are being a god of your life. If you want a calm quiet soul you have to recognize, I am not in control. The Lord has your best interest in mind. “External control does not give us inner peace.” God has both external control and the ability to give us internal peace. We must let God be god of all.
I am sure you will find this book one that causes sore toes and a more contented heart. So How’s Your Soul? If you’re not sure or if you want to ponder it a little deeper this is a good read for you.
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