“How’s Your Soul?” by Judah Smith.

“A quiet soul is far more valuable than fame and fortune. A level soul, a balanced soul, a genuine soul- that is a gift from God…a calm and quiet spirit is the result of understanding that our relationship with God is not based on worth but on birth” (Judah Smith).

Great book. I will start off by saying that. I decided that I need to better balance the books I am reading. I was reading either all theology or all Christian living and doing so threw my heart off balance. I was either filled with knowledge and void of emotion, or filled with emotion and void of knowledge.

So, I was brought to “How’s Your Soul?” by Judah Smith. This book helped me look inside myself, in a way that was constructive instead of destructive. I found that my soul, my being, my heart was, in fact, off balance, inconsistent, and unstable. I found wonderful truth through the pages of this book. The first being the benefit of having a calmed and quieted soul.

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

Like a weaned child with it’s mother;

Like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Psalm 131:2)

“What does a weaned child in the arms of his mother want? Nothing. That baby is just happy to be in the arms of his mother. Do you know what David was saying? He was telling us that he has a calm and quiet soul because he is content with who God is” (Judah).

Prior to reading this book (and also currently, unfortunately) I have been experiencing turbulent emotions. I have been a slave to my flesh* and as such, confused, discouraged and more and more hard on myself for it. Reading this book was refreshing and convicting. I so deeply want a soul that is calm, quiet and collected. Judah Smith gives practical, biblically-based advice on what a life with a secure soul would look like. Particularly, his section on what it looks like to love really struck me. He took a very familiar passage of scripture and helped me see it through a different perspective**.

“Its easy to love those that love you. But it takes a divine love, a supernatural love, to love those who do not love us back. Yet that’s the only kind of love that will change the world. And it’s the only kind of love that will bring lasting satisfaction and health to our souls” (Judah).

His words inspired me to seek God, to find satisfaction in him alone, and experience a life of freedom with a soul untethered from the constraints of this broken world. A soul that hopes in God, that trusts in God, that is firmly rooted in God, cannot be shaken. Judah Smith gives real world perspective. He gently reminds us of the truth, with compassion and understanding that we are so human, so broken, and so in need of grace. He emphasizes that a soul content in God, quieted and calmed, is directly connected with love. How we love others is a reflection of where our soul is at.

“Love is a lifestyle. Love is practical. Love is something you live and walk and talk. Love does not just make for good sermons- love makes for good living…But the only kind of love that can create the change we need is the love of God- a love motivated by, empowered by, and defined by God” (Judah).

When I can take what scripture says about love, and apply it to my life, that is where change will happen in my soul. That is where I will find the God who is unmoving, unfailing, and never changing. That is where I can ground my soul, so that no matter what life brings, I may remain firmly rooted in Christ. I want to conclude with the same excerpt I opened with, because it just sums up the book so well in my opinion. But I would really encourage you to read this book, especially if you, like me, have been experiencing a lot of instability within.

“A quiet soul is far more valuable than fame and fortune. A level soul, a balanced soul, a genuine soul- that is a gift from God…a calm and quiet spirit is the result of understanding that our relationship with God is not based on worth but on birth” (Judah Smith).

 

*New post on this topic coming soon.

**New post on this topic also coming soon. (More in depth)

 

 

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