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Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  940 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Our culture unknowingly ingests regular doses of spiritual toxins that assault our relationship with God. Soul Detox shines light on the dark influences, emotions, and behaviors to empower Christians to live pure lives in a filthy world.
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Zondervan (first published April 24th 2012)
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Mick Swanson
On the cover of this book is a pair of gloved hands wringing out a sponge. This book was about as appealing as that dirty sponge water.

The message of the book is fine - "Clean living in a contaminated world." I'd agree that as Christians, this is something we should be examples of. The problem is that the message of the book stops at "Clean living" and doesn't challenge you to anything further, as if clean living is going to make your life with Christ what you always wanted it to be. It will not
Craig Groeschel is a preacher for today’s world. He is the founder of a LifeChurch.TV, with fourteen locations and is on the web. Groeschel has podcasts available through the itunes store, and has written several books. Soul Detox is an excellent choice for many of today’s Christians, who have allowed the world to take over their lives instead for living a life pleasing to God. Groeschel does not preach he merely presents well thought out reasoning pointing out how many of us have lost sight of ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I bounced between 3 and 4 stars for this one. It has some valuable and thought provoking things to say and it did give some things to think about.

The writer here is dealing with "things" in our live that lead us in what I suppose would be called the wrong direction. In other words if you spend all your time thinking about porn it's harder to break a porn addiction. If you sit and stew about a wrong someone has done you (or for that matter a wrong you think someone has done you) then you are far
Life-giving and empowering words. The chapters that spoke the most to me were
"Lethal Language: Experiencing the Power of Life-Giving Words": I want to be the kind of person that the words I speak give life instead of taking it. Even in the midst of difficult conversations, words of love and peace have a much better and deeper effect than words of self-righteousness and pride.

"Mood Poisoning: Purging the False Promises of Materialism": I want to be completely out of debt. It hangs over me and is
There is much to like about this book. It is very easy reading. It is very easy to digest for anyone who sees the need for change in their life. Who may be struggling with issues that seem to spin their wheels. In reading this, I only could see behavior modifications which can only last so long. Real change happens, when we replace what we believe and think about those behaviors. I appreciated the symptoms that was laid out. Especially on bitterness. We can have bitterness when we compare our se ...more
There is so much of Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World by Craig Groeschel that I liked, but I admit, in opposition to the cliché, I was drawn by its simple cover of yellow-gloved hands wringing out a blue sponge. If only cleansing the soul could be as easily done!

However, the cleansing of one's soul requires some work because we live in a sin-contaminated world. Just as exposure to harmful toxins can accumulate in the body causing disease, the toxins of sin accumulate in our souls
I really got a lot out of this book. While some might say that this book may seem obvious or slightly elementary, the fact that the church clearly still has issues with spiritual "toxins" shows that there is still a need for discussion of these topics. Finding the balance of living in the world, but not being OF the world, and not allowing the culture of the world influence our walks with God is a struggle that is as old as time. And what I appreciated about this book is the lack of condemnation ...more
Soul Detox breaks down the worldly bad habits we have and then shows how it impedes our walk with God and other Christians. Then the author concludes by telling you to pray about your problems. This book has the characteristics of an opener to a classic christian living guide and then it leaves the reader to figure out the rest on your own. The book's ending is a bit deflating.
I am not well versed in modern christian writing so the narration rubbed me the wrong way in a couple places. I was exp
This is a difficult book to review. It could be a life-changing book for some readers, but it could be harmful to others. Some people need this book; some people should never read it.

The author has been rated as one of the top 10 influential pastors in the US. He writes well, is honest and real, and is Scripturally accurate.

But this is not a "religious" book or even a Bible study.

As a University student, I had no religious beliefs and was not even sure if God existed. I read widely and had an op
Ronnie Maghie
Simple yet very profound. Taking the things of life that can confuse the spiritual soul. The book takes a lot of issues like our anger, greed, what we consume down to food and what we watch and listen to. And applies scripture to the basis of everyday life and how it effects our spiritual wellbeing. It challenges without condemming, it prods without sticking the knife in. It makes you reflect without digging up the past. This book is a must read for those who are keen to keep on the road of impr ...more
Tom Bryant
So true

I loved all the real world examples given in each chapter. An excellent read and easy to grasp the meaning.
This book wasn't what I expected at all. I thought Groeschel was going to be more strict on instructions to cleansing your soul. I was wrong. He brought to the readers attention the many toxins all around you in everyday life in such a down to earth everyday people kind of way. In almost all of his examples he expresses how he has related to that situation in one way or another.
Groeschel was a tad repetitive at times but that could be beneficial for someone reading the book too quickly. There w
Jeremy Purves
Occasionally, if one ventures to plumb the depths of Christian pop psychology, it is not unfathomable why so many people cultivate a healthy dislike for the reading of books. There are many who read books that were only written in the last decade or so. If you belong to this majority, and, unless you have taught yourself the use of discriminating taste, the odds are that everything you’ve recently read has been poorly written. But, the degradation of quality writing doesn’t stop there. There is ...more
This book has an interesting viewpoint on the world we live in and the influence that has on a Christian’s behavior.

How are our words, habits and actions influenced by what we see around us? The author of this book says the influence is great and offers ways to start detoxing yourself from the views of the unspiritual world that surrounds you. If you feel you need a refresher on ways to stay separate from the world, this book has many easy to understand principles you can start to follow.

I gave
I've been meaning to read Soul Detox ever since I took part in the study plan with SheReadsTruth on YouVersion last year, so was beyond happy when I had the opportunity to read it for NetGalley.

I thought it would be a bit of a touch up on the subject for me, but really it was so much more. Craig Groeschel digs deep into how toxic words, emotions, relationships and actions influence us and how it affects our lives as followers of Christ.

I loved the personal touch Craig had by mentioning his famil
This is the third Craig Groeschel book I've read, and sadly the least favorite of the bunch, though it was not bad, it is just that he repeated a few things from his book Weird, he mentions that he has six kids about 12 or more times (It is great you have six kids, we get it), and sometimes his humor in this is a bit prideful, though I do see his heart is filled with love, while other times he has a great sense of humility (so it was sometimes as if it were a tug of war with himself).

Pastor Cra
While there are certainly some good principles and ideas on how to 'flag' toxic behaviours, emotions and relationships in ones life, I found this book lacking in other areas. Perhaps Groeschel goes into this further in other sermons or writings, but I found there to not be enough emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit during all of this. Groeschel points out several times that a persons perception and ability to gauge their spiritual health can get easily distorted - yet, he barely explores WHO ...more
Pretty interesting reading. A lot of it I felt was what we already know (and hopefully follow) as Christians but one part in particular made me think and decide to make sone changes. So even if it was just for that one thing I felt there was value in reading this book.
Todd Brown
If I get a single great idea from a book I have to give it 3 stars. I got far more than one great idea here, but at times is lost its way. It seemed to take a few too many field trips to me. I would recommend this to book to anyone who feels a bit dragged down by the world.
Amanda Strnad
In his typical easy to read, conversational style, Groeschel shines light on common soul & spirit contaminants. We just finished going through this with my women's community group; they all loved it! It provided wonderful discussion and life change catalysts for our group. The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 for me is there are so many topics covered, the depth of each isn't there as I'd like to see. However, I used a couple of other supplemental resources in preparing for our discu ...more
Chris Giovagnoni
This could be "just another book" about how to have a stronger faith and a closer walk with the Lord. It could be that pep talk, anecdote laden, "I'm just like you" kind of book you'd expect from that trendy cool pastor; the kind of book that wraps our ever present and omnipresent cultural and personal problems in new packaging but doesn't actually say anything new. This could be that book that stokes your pride because you already know the stuff being talked about, even though you picked up the ...more
Sherri Moorer
Although I had heard/read most of the advice in this book, it was a great reminder to help guide me back on track with my spiritual life. In fact, I'd say go to this book first instead of to others! I especially like the that Groeschel communicates so open and honestly in this book - not a lot of "preacher talk," but actually getting down in the trenches with the rest of us. Wonderful advice and a good, easy read that gives it to you in a way that's easy to understand and to digest. Well written ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting to grow in their thinking/perception and apply new patterns
Shelves: inspirational
MUST read. so funny, so easy to track with is thinking I love his style of writing, like he is just having a conversation with me.
Carrie Daws
"Everything that we allow into our minds, hearts, and lives -- everything that we spend our time and money on -- has impact on how we grow, or don't grow, spiritually." --Craig Groeschel, Soul Detox, page 16

Throughout the book, Mr. Groeschel challenges us to review every choice in light of the Bible. Paul's passage on everything being permissible but not necessarily wise came to mind multiple times as I read through the book. While Mr. Groeschel's writing style can make it a quick read, the deep
A great book. A straight-forward, direct admonition advocating a delicate balance between being in the world but not of the world. Groeschel unabashedly addresses difficult topics such as entertainment, money-usage, and fear. He advocates meaningful change, and gives ideas but wisely allows each person to formulate a personalized approach to accountability and steps of change. Groeschel also addresses the delicate line between legalism and sanctified living, without setting firm lines in the san ...more
What can I say? If you haven't read this you need to!
Mike Denk
Good read for discipleship. Our culture constantly needs to be purges out of us.
Erik Eckel
I saw Craig Groeschel speak at the 2012 Global Leadership Summit. He’s a powerful presenter, certainly, and a capable author.

Soul Detox presents Groeschel’s Biblical-based methods for cleansing oneself of the world’s incessant impurities. Groeschel clearly makes a genuine effort to speak sincerely and directly to the reader. While I found very little of the material new, unique or innovative, the book’s reminders, reinforcement and recommendations are spot-on accurate.
Very good book. Craig Groeschel brings to light many toxins that we can have a tendency to ignore and does so in such a way that is not legalistic. That makes me appreciate the book a lot. One thing I've always disliked about Christian non-fiction is that it can sound very legalistic and can turn you off to the subject. This book didn't do that. IT was a very easy and enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try and detox their life. ~E
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Craig Groeschel (born December 2, 1967) is the founder and senior pastor of, a church with thirteen locations in six states. He is married with six children and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where is based.

Groeschel was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in southern Oklahoma, attending Ardmore High School. He attended Oklahoma City University, a
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