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Book Review: Soul Detox

From Goodreads: As standards of conduct continue to erode in our shock-proof world, we must fight the soul pollution threatening our health, our faith, and our witness to others. Without even knowing it, people willingly inhale second-hand toxins poisoning their relationship with God and stunting their spiritual growth.

Soul Detox examines the toxins that assault us daily including: toxic influences, toxic emotions, and toxic behaviors.

By examining the toxins that assault us daily, this book offers the ultimate spiritual intervention with ways to remain clean, pure, and focused on the standard of God s holiness.

Where do I even begin with this read? This is the most recent read of my book club and it yielded to quite the conversation over Rotel cheese dip (yum!) and pound cake (thanks Mini'imah!). When we first selected this book as our next read, I don't think any of the members could have predicted how impactful it would be. 

Yep. That pretty much sums up our responses from reading the table of contents alone! 

Toxic Behaviors

Deception Infection: Telling Ourselves the Truth
Septic Thoughts: Overcoming Our False Beliefs
Lethal Language: Experiencing the Power of Life-Giving Words
Hazardous Waste: Uncovering Our Hidden Sins
Toxic Emotions

Bitter Roots: Digging Up the Destructive Source of Resentment

Green with Envy: Scratching the Poison Ivy of Comparison

Rage Rash: Neutralizing The Acid of Anger

Scare Pollution: Unlocking the Chokehold of Fear

Toxic Influences
Mood Poisoning: Purging the False Promises of Materialism
Germ Warfare: Cleansing Our Lives of Cultural Toxins
Radioactive Relationships: Loving Unhealthy People without Getting Sick
Religion Gone Bad: Tossing Out Moldy Legalism, Spoiled Churches, and Sour Christians

Groeschel addresses many facets of his readers' lives and calls them to assess any toxic influences, behaviors or emotions they may be exhibiting. This book is not for the faint of heart or for anyone who's unwilling to change. He pulls no punches while identifying toxic practices but he truly does it in the least condemning way and includes several confessions of his own. His humor livens up a serious subject without disengaging his readers from the end goal--change. I enjoyed his personable writing style and truly had a few LOL moments. It feels like he's talking WITH you versus AT you. 

Perhaps the thing I appreciated most with this read was the author's firm stance that change is not an overnight process *whew!* He reminds his audience throughout the book that this is not a subpoena to muster up extreme will power. It's about going to God in prayer and opening yourself up to His love to compel change in you.

I feel this would make for a lively discussion whether you're a believer or not. The members of my book club are in various places of life and faith and still appreciated this read. There are many practical take aways that leave you feeling empowered up to the final page flip.

Next Read: 

I know, I know.... total night and day flip but I've GOT to see what the hype is all about. Stay tuned :) 

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  1. So excited for this suggestion! Can't wait to read this one! And LOL at this Gif

    1. It's a good one! and LOL
      Thanks for checking it out xoxo :)

    2. It's a good one! and LOL
      Thanks for checking it out xoxo :)