By Stephen W. Smith
Every day, inner and outer violence ravages the soul, leaving us weak, fearful, and malnourished. In Soul Custody, Steve Smith presents eight choices to help readers reclaim custody of their one and only life – choices about silence, community, vocation, honoring the body, finding one’s true self, and more. As Steve reminds readers, allowing God to shape the soul leads to the deep, full, and satisfying life that God had in mind all along. This is not a self-help book. It is not a book of easy steps to a happy life. It is an invitation to the life God dreams for each of His children. It is a call to start living – to let the soul wake up to life as God intended.
Endorsements for Soul Custody
“Soul Custody is a clarion call – a prophetic call to do something significant with your life before it’s too late. This book points the way to real life as God intended. No one is better qualified to write on this topic than Stephen W. Smith. I highly recommend it.”
Gary Chapman, Ph.D.
Author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life
“A great, refreshing read! Soul Custody gives us the permission to live intentional lives, where we let God care for us even as we care for others. I wish I’d had it in my hands years ago. Motivating, thoughtful, really do-able, this book could set you on the life course you really long for. “
Author of Strong Women, Soft Hearts and Better Than My Dreams
“Soul Custody is more than a book title—it’s a clear, specific, and direct appeal for us to care for the part of us that’s most lasting and real. With strong, yet gentle guidance, Steve shows us how to make soul-caring choices, anchored in the vastness of God’s limitless love, that will provide strength, direction, and equilibrium to every other aspect of our life. This is a must-read for anyone convinced that there’s nothing worth more than their soul.”
Author of Running on Empty and Breaking the Rules
“The God who redeemed our souls has given us the responsibility to become custodians of their care. Our souls are constantly under siege by the culture, they need to be restored and nurtured. But sadly, most of us take better care of our cars than our souls!
Steve Smith has listened to the Word and to his own needy soul and though he confesses he has come late to the process, he provides priceless counsel for taking custody of our own souls.”
“Soul Custody is filled with powerful invitations that will encourage your pursuit of an abundant life in Christ. Steve Smith brings to life the many benefits of soul guardianship and offers practical suggestions that are within-reach-realities for all who hunger for a deeper faith journey…not just for the holier-than-normal soul care experts!”
Stephen A. Macchia, D.Min.
Founder and President, Leadership Transformations, Inc.
Author of several books, including Becoming A Healthy Church
“Steve Smith knows what he’s talking about when he writes of Soul Custody. For many years, the ministry he and his wife lead, Potter’s Inn, has helped people care for their soul. There are few things more important than Christians, especially those who are leaders, than caring for their soul in the constant battle against burnout. This book can enhance your spiritual health.”
Sr. Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
“Soul Custody gave me hope for my relationship with God. Steve reminded me that I get to make choices that take me closer to God. I not only get to make those decisions, but I already am. And Soul Custody helped me to see and think through so many them. Maybe things really can change in my relationship with Him.”
Director, The Barnabas Center
“We live in a world where most of us react and let life ‘happen’ to us. Stephen Smith, in his book Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You, makes us take hold of our lives and stop making excuses. Powerful and painfully pointed, it reaches to the heart. It reached to my heart.”
Senior Pastor, Church of Charlotte
“I am very enthusiastic about Steve Smith’s latest book, Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You. I am grateful that he has given many years to get in touch with the souls of so many, by walking with them compassionately and listening to them well. He sounds an alarm and makes a passionate, persuasive appeal to us. He diagnosis and describes accurately and convincingly the forces in our contemporary culture that war against the health of our souls, and therefore, of our whole being. From this experience, gained firsthand in his life and that of many others, he also has learned the ways we need to become proactive in caring for our souls, that we might become the persons God created us and Christ redeemed us to be. I heartily recommend this book, both for individual use and for use in groups of those who want to walk and work together to care for the health of their souls. Thank you, Steve, for giving us this fruit of your life and ministry!!”
Director of Spiritual Formation
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
“Steve Smith has written a book that we need. Amidst the noise of Twitter, Facebook, reality television, and our drive for muchness Soul Custody calls us to a daily union with God which actually seems reachable. The good, good news that God longs for our presence and is always present for us is the message that can set us free!”
Sharon A. Hersh, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Author of Bravehearts, The Last Addiction, and Begin Again, Believe Again
“A must-read for worn-out Christians, Soul Custody provides the critical bridge between ‘boundaries’ and the Beatitudes. Building upon a solid foundation of Scripture and church history, the reader receives not only a blueprint for the spiritual life, but the tools to get building.”
Rev. Sara Singleton
Pastor of Spiritual Formation, First Presbyterian Church
Colorado Springs, CO
“Soul Custody will show you how to diagnose the state of your own soul and make some mid-course corrections. It is about learning how to live your life a different way, a “with-God” way. It is written with care, creativity and the authority of experience.”
Gary W. Moon, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chair of Integration, Richmont Graduate University
Author of Apprenticeship with Jesus