How’s Your Soul? By Judah Smith
HarperCollins Christian Publishing
November 15, 2016
How’s your soul?
Such a simple question, perhaps not such a simple answer. Full of vulnerability and personal stories, as is the norm with Judah, this book asks a question that needs to be asked, especially in today’s culture. How are you doing, or how is your day are questions that 99% of the time receive a one-word answer with zero reflection. I have done it, frankly, we all do it. Asking “how is your soul?” however, requires some introspection to answer properly.
Judah Smith’s book is aimed not only at Christians but those searching for more. It’s a book that can make you go through a field of emotions, from laughing to crying to deep thought and back to laughing… all in about three sentences! He uses his expository skills to show that our souls need rest, responsibility and restraint. This book is clear and easy to read, and the overall size of the book makes it a great gift as well.
“Guess what parenting is all about? Leading our kids to a place where they can say no for themselves, even when they want to say yes.”
“In the journey of life, emotions make great companions but terrible leaders.”
“What if we all counted to three and then simultaneously did whatever we felt like doing? Play it out mentally. It would be complete and utter chaos. You think zombies are bad? Imagine billions of people whose only criteria for decision making were their feelings and emotions and desires. It would be like shopping on Black Friday.”
“Either life is meaningless and my existence doesn’t matter — or God is the only hope I have”
“Even when we confront, we do so from an attitude and an expectation that our love is not going to be withdrawn no matter what happens”
“Do I live according to who I really am, or do I live according to who people perceive me to be or want me to be?”
“Rather than asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” we should ask a far more important question: “What do you want your life to look like?” Or maybe, “What kind of soul do you want to have?””
“Too many times as Christians we imply that people have to first behave and believe the right way before they can belong to our communities. We don’t do it on purpose, but our actions and reactions when we see their flaws leave little doubt that they are outsiders.”
All we need to have healthy soul identities:
- We have our identities set firmly in Jesus, the source and definition of who we really are.
- We have a Saviour who is superior to all authority and power, and he declares that we are blessed and approved.
- We have a salvation that is great, that is complete, final and free.
- We have a community of Jesus followers where we belong even if we don’t believe or behave exactly right.
“Whatever God starts, he finishes. Think about that. You can’t find one place in the Bible where God started something and said, “Actually, I’ve changed my mind. I lost interest. This is too much work. I’m out.””
“Life’s complexities and challenges would be far less complex and far less challenging if we could approach every day like Jesus did: from heaven to earth.”