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Soul Talk: The Language God Longs for Us to Speak

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In this extraordinary book, Dr. Larry Crabb introduces a revolutionary way for Christians to experience God. "Soul talk" happens when two Christians talk to each other in a way that results in their passion for God being stirred, ignited, and released.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2003)
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Oct 16, 2015 Jkanz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
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 thin
Sep 05, 2012 Dovofthegalilee rated it really liked it
I think this is a very good book but it has its limitations. Before reading this I read his other work Connecting which he wrote after this book. Together they paint an interesting picture- here you have a man who is one of the chief Christian voices from the school of psychology saying we have over emphasized the need for clinical intervention. What Crabb is attempting to do in these two volumes is to turn back the responsibility to the local saints, to empower pastors & elders as they ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Kirstin rated it it was amazing
This book really challenged my thinking. It's moving from self-obsession ("worshiping a false god of convenience and cooperation") to God-obsession ("a miracle of divine grace"). What would my life look like if God was really in first place? If I truly delighted in HIM, vs. just desiring his blessings to make my life go better? No platitudes in this tome - - - just some radical thinking. Radical, because it is so uncommon and at odds with my human desire to solve my problems (and help everyone ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Blake rated it really liked it
Well written book about our relationships with God, and how if you talk with your soul, it can lead to amazing opportunities for you and God.
Feb 23, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
"SelfTalk" is what happens when one friend shares their life, story, or situation, and we respond in one of the following ways: We defer the problem to someone else ("You should really talk to so-and-so, she has a lot of experience with this"); we minimize the problem and frame it in a hopeful light ("it will get better eventually"); or we come to our friend's side by hating what they hate ("he really is a jerk"). There are numerous ways we speak SelfTalk on a daily basis, Crabb says. We speak ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Jeanine rated it it was amazing
It's taken me quite a long time to finish reading 'Soul Talk". I've been on a journey with God to discover how to truly help others to desire a closer, more intimate walk with Him. That cannot happen if I'm talking "self-talk" - looking for a quick "Band-Aid" fix instead of trusting Him to know what is best for me. God always desires a relationship with us that is dependent and build of faith and love for Him more than the blessings He gives to us. This is a book that will remain with me and ...more
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Jun 28, 2013 Kimberly Baltz rated it it was amazing
This book wasn't what I expected, in a good way. It went far beyond what I was expecting.

I read this in a book discussion group at my church and it is one of my top 5 life-changing books. Before you even get to discussing how to be intentional in conversations with other people, you work through your own issues first - such a critical step! I wasn't expecting that. I ended up discovering some things about myself I didn't know and learning some very big things. It was awesome!
Jul 26, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I read this book hoping to validate my gifting for Soul care. Instead what I have received is brokenness from the Spirit. Seeing my inadequacy and self-obsession. I cannot follow steps in my flesh and do soul talk. It is totally dependent on the Spirit. God has rocked my world through this book. It is my first Crabb book. I pray that as God continues to transform me and deepen my longing for him that he will allow me to dance with Him and talk soul talk. I have a long way to go.
Sep 20, 2009 Will rated it really liked it
Big idea: anything, even good things like wanting to make life work out, that get before our appetite to commune with the Trinity is what causes us to struggle in life. And when we talk with those we love, speaking Soul Talk, i.e., working together in conversation to get that appetite at the forefront, is the way of love. Loved the book!
Apryl Anderson
Jul 27, 2011 Apryl Anderson rated it it was amazing
How to shut your mouth and open your heart. I don't think that I could learn any how-to steps here. This book shows us why giving heartfelt advice is ineffective. It's a confirmation to me that all of those safe answers that I grew up with are Band-Aids. The purpose in listening is to encourage courage in others in their quest to seek God with ALL their heart, strength and mind.
Jul 01, 2013 Kas rated it it was amazing
This book made me think about the way I communicate with others. Particularly through the tough times when coming up with solutions to each others problems seems like the best approach, but isn't. I learned a lot about myself from this book. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Jun 12, 2012 Sharon is currently reading it
Our small group read and discussed this book together. I thought I was a pretty good listener, but this book challenged me to think beneath what people who are upset or troubled are saying to see where their real struggles lie. I think I will be working on this for a very long time.
Jane Duhan
May 05, 2008 Jane Duhan rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this book. It was okay but not something I wanted to work at to perfect in my life right now.
Jul 27, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
Larry Crabb is an inspiration. I read this book for a class at church. It helped me understand myself that much better. It also helped me have more compassion for others.
Apr 30, 2011 Margery rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A very though-provoking read that challenges you to deeper thinking, conviction, and evaluation of what you really want in life.
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Jan 30, 2012 Froilan Diaz rated it did not like it
A book that should've been a pamphlet. Incredibly repetitive, and open hostility to "religion" when he speaks of it do vaguely. You can probably get these points elsewhere.
Mar 07, 2011 Duane rated it liked it
I enjoy how Larry Crabb always thinks outside the box and puts concepts in ways that are meaningful, honest, and authentic.
Jun 09, 2009 Dana rated it it was amazing
A great book on how we should really live our lives- in tune with the Spirit to minister to others. There is no question...this book WILL challenge you.
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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various other speaking and teaching opportunities, Dr. Crabb offers a weekend conference throughout the country entitled Life on the Narrow Road and a week-long School of Spiritual Direction held in Colorado Springs, CO. He currently ...more
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