I make sure I am busy person. It makes me feel productive, helpful, and useful. Like I am not wasting my time, but instead maximizing it. As a follower of Jesus I focus most of those efforts on finding what God is up to and joining in. Saying yes to every opportunity I can pack into my schedule. Even though this sounds spiritual, this nonstop movement has done some damage to my soul because of a lack of rest, contentment, and fulfillment. This is the reason I was grateful to read “How’s Your Soul?” by Judah Smith.
This book confronts every person who tries to earn or work their way to fulfillment. Instead, it serves as a great resource exploring many needed questions such as, in a world where love is a subjective term, what is true love? In a material world, what is the human soul? In a world where each person defines their own purpose, what is an effective life?
Judah draws from his personal journey through a biblical lens to answer these questions in a clear, concise, and compelling fashion. The book is Gospel-focused which makes it relevant to the life of each person regardless of age, career, or relationship with God.
There are times during this book where his personal stories and asides seem to dominate the points he is making, but in each event, he eventually heads back to the main theme of each chapter.
I also appreciated Judah’s use of the story of the bible, beginning the book in Genesis and finishing with the eventual hope found within the pages of Revelation. By doing this Judah took me on a journey where I could find root causes for the restlessness in my own soul, but then find grace through Jesus, and look forward to the eventual rest and ultimate fulfillment found in the coming Kingdom.
My biggest lesson throughout the book is to begin to evaluate my daily life through the lens of the Father, which has the potential to radically alter my every day. I would encourage any person who is wrestling with daily life and restlessness of the soul to pick up a copy of this easy to read and quick book!
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