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Soul Talk: The Language God Longs for Us to Speak Paperback – October 2, 2005
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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminary speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and Visiting Professor of Spiritual Formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife of forty-six years, Rachael, live in the Denver, Colorado area. For additional information please visit www.newwayministries.org
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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. His advice is to stop talking and start learning how to listen to what the Spirit is doing and wants to do in an individual's life. The primary goal in each SoulTalk conversation is not empathy or solution-finding, but Spirit-finding.
Along the way he has a lot of things to say about the place of God in the Christian's life that simply need to be heard in a Christian culture where we have exchanged Christ's life for an expectation of blessing and prosperity. What would happen if intimacy with God for Christ's sake were more important to us than the cure to our cancer or the `fixing' of a deeply hurting situation? According to Crabb, when we put these kinds of things first, we find the greatest thing possible, and God begins to do the work in our souls that is needed.
I highly recommend this book for any believer interested in deepening their discipleship, understanding how to relate with others in Christ, and how to learn to listen to the Spirit in all things.
Crabb helps us to see what it looks like to come alongside and fortify another (this is what biblical comfort is) and he does it in a way that is reproducible.
One place I really had to come to grips with in my own heart is whether I truly believed that even if relationships remain reconciled, even if children never return to Christ, even if the job hunt goes on for another year, or infertility remains-even if nothing changes but I die more to myself and Jesus increases as my treasure and delight and friend, then I am far better than ok, I am alive and free and strong.
This book will cause you to wrestle with how great a treasure our triune God is to you and when our self-obsession is revealed, will you repent and become increasingly God-obsessed? This is where lives will be changed, starting with your own.