Thursday, December 22, 2016

How's Your Soul? by Judah Smith

This is a book about being OK on the inside, at the soul level. A healthy soul is essential to a healthy life. Even in times of difficulty, if our soul is healthy we will find the strength to make it through.

Your soul is healthiest,” Smith writes, “when it comes back frequently and wholeheartedly to God.” God created our soul and there are certain things we can do to make it healthy. We need rest, enjoying God and His creation. We need responsibility, a job. We need restraint, limits. And we need relationships, to not be alone.

Smith ties these ideas together to the anchor our soul needs, Jesus. We need to live in God's love, have our identity on Christ, and have a consistent walk with Him, no longer alone.

Smith has given us good way to check the health of our soul and to maintain our soul the way God has designed. Sometimes we don't like to think about our inner health. The “I'm fine,” comes out so fast. But if we want to have an effective Christian walk and witness, we must pay attention to the health of our soul. As Smith himself writes, “This book is only the beginning of a lifestyle of knowing [God].”

Smith has a quirky sense of humor that helps in the readability of this serious book. He tells lots of stories on himself. Some are quite personal. He talks a little more freely about sexual topics than this senior citizen is used to.

I recommend this book to those interested in maintaining a healthy inner being. That health will only be found in a relationship with Jesus. Reading this book will get the reader on the path to good soul health.

You can find out more about the book and the author and watch author interviews at

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Judah Smith is the lead pastor of the City Church in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Jesus is _____ and coauthor of I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook.

Thomas Nelson, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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