I recently finished a book that I highly recommend if you are looking for a thought-provoking and challenging read. The book is called The Three Passions of the Soul by Bruce Terpstra.
This book focuses on the driving force behind what we do. It talks about the three basic needs (passions) of our souls. They are the need for Acceptance, Significance or Security. These are hardwired into us and are a natural pursuit for each person. The author's contention is that if we search for any or all of these passions apart from Jesus, it will leave us frustrated and unfulfilled, susceptible to the vagaries of this life or of the next thing that comes in front of us.
The author does a great job in explaining how the love of God expressed to us actually leads to being able to live and embrace a fully accepted, fully significant and totally secure soul.
I think this book resonated with me because it is so easy to get caught up into seeking approval from others and feeling good about myself based on what they think (or worse, what I believe they think). It is easy for me to get stuck striving hard to succeed, to achieving and to finding my significance through these accomplishments. Or I descend into trying to control my life in order to bring the greatest level of security I can and worry when I cannot.
The book is theologically solid, but is not overwhelming and is interesting and an easy read. It keeps you engaged. I found the book particularly helpful when I stopped periodically to think and consider the implications of what I was reading.
If you are looking for a good read this summer, take a look!
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