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Every day, inner and outer violence ravages the soul, leaving us weak, fearful, and malnourished. In Soul Custody, Steven W. Smith presents eight choices to help readers reclaim custody of their one and only life-choices about silence, community, vocation, honoring the body, finding one's true self, and more. As Smith reminds readers, allowing God to shape the soul leads to the deep, full, and satisfying life that God had in mind all along. This is not a self-help book. It is not a book of easy steps to a happy ...
Every day, inner and outer violence ravages the soul, leaving us weak, fearful, and malnourished. In Soul Custody, Steven W. Smith presents eight choices to help readers reclaim custody of their one and only life-choices about silence, community, vocation, honoring the body, finding one's true self, and more. As Smith reminds readers, allowing God to shape the soul leads to the deep, full, and satisfying life that God had in mind all along. This is not a self-help book. It is not a book of easy steps to a happy life. It is an invitation to the life God dreams for each of His children. It is a call to start living-to let the soul wake up to life as God intended.
Posted October 11, 2010
As stated, "This not a book of easy steps to a happy life." Stephen W. Smith, in Soul Custody, meddles (in a good way) in your life as a believer to awaken you to the direction of your life, to bring you to the place God has intended, out of the fast-paced, `accomplishment' world. He has broken it down into eight sections to help you understand the different concepts he is addressing. It's clear and concise information, with questions to jolt you awake from the rat-race of your fast-paced world, to slow you down and listen to that "still, small voice of the Holy Spirit."
The encouraging word is that "...for it is God that works in you to will and do of His good pleasure," (Philippians 2:13), but we must be willing to slow down, listen, and obey.
I love his closing Scripture, "Today, I have give you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT)
Soul Custody offers eleven life-giving choices that everyone can make to free their souls from the world's demand and release them to live meaningful and satisfying lives:
1. Soul Care: Healing the Violence Done to Your Soul
2. Soul Choices: Turning your Life Around
3. Soul Solace: Choosing Stillness
4. Soul Focus: Choosing a Simplicity of Faith and Life
5. Soul Serenity: Choosing to Detox from Stress
6. Soul Sabbath: Choosing to Cease the Insanity
7. Soul Identity: Choosing to Become the Real You (In Christ)
8. Soul Vocation: Choosing What to Do in Life
9. Soul Address: Choosing to Honor the Body-Soul Connection
10. Soul Companions: Choosing Your Friends
11. Soul Action: Moving from Choice to Action
This would be a great book for Bible studies, Sunday Schools, and personal use, but preferably with an accountability partner. Highly recommend!
This book was provided by Audra of The B & B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted August 23, 2010
Every day we make choices that affect our lives - choices about what to eat, which job offer is best, which relationships are really worth our time. Whether we realize it or not, every choice is a decision for the life or death of our soul.
As Stephen W. Smith contends in his book, Soul Custody, Choosing to Care For The One and Only You, "Caring for your soul is about waking up to live before you die." This book is an invitation to accept life-giving choices that promise to revive your soul.
This is not a book of easy steps to a happy life. It is a book about the challenging choice to embrace God's dream for you. It's an invitation to start living - to take custody of who you truly are. (excerpt from back cover).
What a refreshing new self help book that speaks volumes to waking up and truly living an abundant life that Jesus has promised us when He gave His life to us believers. He never meant for us to live our lives like Hell on Earth and push ourselves beyond what the human body and soul were meant to endure.
No wonder we are in the state we are in, due to over working ourselves, being able to multi-task, working more than 40 hours in a week, passing up vacations, striving for more, more wealth, better things, more vacation time, promotions, just thinking about it all makes your head spin. Yet when you go back and look at the Bible and realize God's plan for managing our days and our time wisely include not over doing it, not stressing out, and making time for more than what the material wealth of the world has to offer.
I absolutely loved this book and how much it has helped me manage my time more wisely, and seeing the Sabbath for what it's purpose really is in our lives. We are meant to take time off from what we do everyday, dealing with stressful people and family members, no technology for a day, no running errands, or over committing our time, but to rest and reflect and enjoy the life God so graciously gave up for us.
I received this wonderful book compliments from B & B Media Group for my honest review and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It's that good. Trust me, aside from a glass of water for a parched mouth, this book really does give your soul a boost!