Learning to Nourish My Soul. New Book: Soul Nourishment
I have been a Christ-follower for most of my life. I have felt God’s presence, sensed His calling, and experienced His kindness. I also have spent time in the Word and in prayer.
My part of the communication equation wasn’t very good. I did what I knew to do in my time of reading the Bible and praying to God my Father. Nevertheless, I definitely experienced a plateau in my spiritual growth, especially during my college days.
I’m older now and wiser in my pursuits of God and in giving myself needed time to reflect and meditate. Those times when I need a fresh perspective, I purchase a new guide or something to help me grow in my faith.
Soul Nourishment does just that: it helps me take the time to nurture that living, eternal entity—the soul—and connect to my Heavenly Father.
Soul Nourishment: Satisfying Our Deep Longing for God, is a new book just released by Warner Press by Deborah Haddix. This is a 250+ page guidebook that defines what the soul is and how we pay attention to caring for it, especially in our relationship to God.
After discovering this amazing resource, I realized I wasn’t the only person who goes through seasons of intimacy and separation from God. It seems that many people do, which is why, in part, Deborah wrote the book. She explained to me:
Soul Nourishment was written as part of a journey that began when God drew my attention to the fact that my soul was showing signs of neglect. The more I learned about the soul and its needs, the more I understood the necessity of being intentional with the care of my soul. And, as only God can do, one thing led to another and I began to feel Him nudging me to gather these resources I had compiled during my personal search and put them into a format that could be used by other busy women to care for their souls in the moments of time, whether small or large, that they are able to carve out of their days.
Deborah does an amazing job of explaining what the soul is, how our souls are connected to God’s presence, and how we draw closer to God through certain faith-based practices. I have enjoyed nourishing my soul through contemplative prayer (page 119), praying Scripture (pages 124–150), and praying in color.
On page 257 in Soul Nourishment, Haddix pens a love letter from God to me. In return, I get to respond to that love letter. This single practice has transformed my heart in even deeper ways to the love of God for me, His daughter, and I cannot help but celebrate His goodness and all the ways He speaks to me. This single practice is worth the book.
Haddix also offers a wealth of other resources and Scriptures that speak directly to the soul.
I am a better person because of Haddix’ efforts in putting this book together. Because of the practices she proposes, I can confidently proclaim with the psalmist:
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!Psalm 103:1
Soul Nourishment: Satisfying Our Deep Longing for God, by Deborah Haddix, is now available for purchase at WarnerPress.org.
About the Author:
Tammy Tilley has compiled and edited numerous books, has written for dozens of print and digital publications, and even co-founded a lifestyle magazine for the town where she once lived. Currently she lives in Anderson, Indiana where she is an adjunct writing instructor at Anderson University and an editor and writer for Warner Press.
September 24, 2018 | Categories: Christian Life