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Dark Night of the Soul

August 4, 2015

Most of us are familiar with this term. Many have experienced a true, dark night of the soul.

All of us can relate to times when our journey was at least a “dim night of the soul.”

The phrase originated with St. John of the Cross who contemplated this from prison. He spoke of “how God changes us not just through joy and light, but through confusion, through disappointment, through loss.”

This background first came to my attention through John Ortberg’s book, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You.

Ortberg says, “God’s love is not content to leave us in our weakness, and for that reason, he takes us into a dark night.”

Our greatest enemy during these seasons is a lack of patience to wait for whatever God would give us, in the timing God chooses.

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Soul Keeping

July 28, 2015

“Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

These were the words given to John Ortberg by Dallas Willard. They were the foundation on which Ortberg launched into a journey to discover a healthy soul life.

Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You is a collection of reflections on his conversations with and mentorship by Dallas Willard. Ortberg blends in decades of pastoral experience into this work.

For me the book started solely with some “scholarly” definitions of the soul, but soon branched into loads of practical application.

Ortberg tackles rest, gratitude, works and grace, as well as the disappointing seasons known as the “dark night of the soul.”

Here are some of the best quotes from the book: (JO=John Orterg, DW=Dallas Willard)

John Ortberg’s Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus is a helpful read. The book carries reminders of both church history and historical fiction in style.

Ortberg takes musings on the life of Christ and makes them page turning. Other books have looked at the historical impact Jesus, made but none have done it in such a readable fashion.

Topics range from sex and marriage, to the poor and needy, even the impact Jesus has had on dating our calendar.

The book is academic enough to be studied and application inducing enough to enjoy in a devotional style.

Here are some examples of what the book offers:

God said these human beings are to exercise dominion. That’s a royal word. But it is no longer reserved for a few. Every human being has royal dignity. When Jesus looked at people he saw the image of God”