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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159145347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591453475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University, Professor for Richmont University in Georgia, and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various speaking and teaching opportunities, Dr. Crabb offers a week-long School of Spiritual Direction and a weekend conference, Life on the Narrow Road. He is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors. His many popular books include Inside Out, Finding God, Becoming a True Spiritual Community, The PAPA Prayer, Soul Talk, and his life work, 66 Love Letters. For additional information visit www.newwayministries.org.

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We like to talk across the surface of things.
Phillip H. Steiger
As with all things concerning God, the most effective tool is the Holy Spirit living within us.
Joseph C. Enneking
I am looking forward to reading another of Larry's books.
Lady of Words

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ridgeway on August 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
It seems that the Larry Crabb of the last few years has been on a new mission: to teach Christians a way of living that is more Real than what we've been doing. The "New Way", "the dance" that leads us to try to find God before we try to make life "work."

In SoulTalk, Dr. Crabb spends time addressing the way we can build this into our communities: how to speak to each other in a way that builds our energy towards seeking God, and helps us discover our natural tendency to seek just about anything else. He insists that words are powerful to move the heart, and that spirit-led conversation - as difficult as it can be - is powered by someone other than ourselves, deepening friendships and driving spiritual formation.

Although he insists that formulas are deadly, Larry Crabb lays out an ordered approach to learning SoulTalk:

1. Think Beneath

2. Think Vision

3. Think Passion

4. Think Story

5. Think Movement

This is perhaps where the book gets bogged down - the trendy labels are similar in connotation, and can become confusing. At times, it feels Dr. Crabb is being repetitive, taking two chapters to lay out what could have been described in one. But the concepts themselves are rewarding, and worth the effort to absorb.

SoulTalk is probably a good parallel to "Shattered Dreams" also by Larry Crabb, or even Waking the Dead by John Eldridge - seemingly a similarly rooted call to the church to live more actively by the Spirit of God than by formula.

Overall: highly recommended. This is one that you'll take notes on, re-read chapters, and will feel urges to forcibly pass on to your friends and small groupies.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Enneking on January 9, 2007
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The standard methods of counseling, advising, pastoring, praying, etc are innefective in helping ourselves and others reach spiritual maturity and a right relationship with God. Soul talk, when correctly applied, will change all that. And a professional degree is not necessary. As with all things concerning God, the most effective tool is the Holy Spirit living within us.

I think the book could have been half as long and just as effectively brought the message.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phillip H. Steiger VINE VOICE on December 26, 2012
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The pressure to find solutions for people in pain is powerful. A friend comes to you with a need or an emergency in a relationship and you feel put on the spot to come up with a piece of advice that will help `solve the situation.' The pressure is even more powerful if you are a Christian talking with another Christian about the stresses and strains in life. We have created an atmosphere of therapeutic solution finding that has put all of us in a bind.

Crabb believes we are missing the boat entirely. He is not against finding solutions as such, but he is clear that we miss the mark more often than not in that we simply do not know how to talk with each other out of the depths of what God is doing in each of us. We like to talk across the surface of things. It is just easier to do that. We feel the urge to jump into a conversation and offer some soothing piece of comfort, offer accountability, or the magic pill that will offer the solution to a deeply complicated problem.

So instead of talking out of our own wit, wisdom, or fear, Crabb offers a new way of looking at relationships and life - SoulTalk. SoulTalk is his way of leading us into a conversation where God is at the center of every life and every relationship in every situation. He argues that we do not really know how to talk this way and his book offers a series of steps that help us break bad, religious habits and enter into God's way of working in people's lives.

I found Crabb's formulation of SoulTalk to be deeply freeing and rightly prioritized. In my role as a pastor I am often with people who find themselves in over their heads, or who have finally decided to talk about God when life falls apart, and the unspoken expectation is that a conversation or two might just do the trick.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine Posti on March 18, 2014
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I read this book cover to cover because a friend whom I hold in high regard had raved about it. Personally I did not find it life-changing, and in my opinion, the message could have been distilled into one short chapter. Perhaps that's because my writing style tends toward the succinct, or maybe it's because my expectations were so high based on my friend's effusive comments. I gave it 3 stars because the essential message is nonetheless a good one. So if you don't mind reading a book that is pretty thick (266 pages) yet thin on content, you will find it worth reading, and perhaps life-changing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Harris on April 7, 2008
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My spirit immediately responded to this book - great book i wish everyone would read this and apply it to relationships and their walk with Christ. Feeds the spirit with the truth that Christ lives in us and can and does speak through us. Best advise i have read or hear on how to hear, speak, feel, and do what the spirit is leading from God. Thank you Larry for writing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kanz on December 2, 2013
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As I prepare for the School of Spiritual Direction, I have been working my way through several of Larry Crabb's books. Soul Talk (2003), the final required book prior to attending, was a good read. Another prerequisite for the school was to complete 4 online courses in spiritual direction. Soul Talk appears to be the clearest exposition of the model Crabb developed in the 4 courses.

A common theme that wends its way through Crabb's books is that too often, we replace first things with second things in our affections. Indeed, much of modern Christianity is built upon the pursuit of material blessings rather than the pursuit of God. Specific to this book, Crabb contrasted "self-talk" with "Soul talk." Although we speak to one another, our speech is too often filled with solutions or religious platitudes rather than words that come from the center of our soul. Crabb wrote, "We almost never speak words that are formed in the center of our soul and pour out from our very being with power and a sense of life. And we almost never hear words that stir life within us, that pour hope into those empty spaces deep inside filled only with fear and fury and frustration." Crabb has high hopes that we might begin to engage in conversations where the Spirit can dance.

He recommends a number of "steps", though perhaps steps is the wrong word. He is clear that he is not recommending something akin to "6 steps to a happy marriage." However, he does suggest a process for engaging with others. When people share with us something going on in their lives, we need to "think beneath" resisting the temptation to speak too quickly or provide band-aid answers.
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