The Language of the Soul: Meeting God in the Longings of Our Hearts

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5.9 X 8.74 X 0.8 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author
Jeff Crosby is an organizational leader in the world of words, ideas, and book publishing. Currently president and CEO of a trade association of publishers, he has served in various executive roles, including as vice president at Ingram Book Company, and at IVP, a publisher in the Chicago area. He combines a background in journalism, leadership studies, and business with a love of language and insight from several fields in exploring faith and spirituality in light of applied practice. He and his wife of more than forty years, Cindy, have two grown children and six grandchildren.

James Bryan Smith is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He is a founding board member of RENOVARÉ and frequently speaks at RENOVARÉ conferences. Jim is also the author of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, which hit the New York Times bestseller list, and Room of Marvels.

Suzanne Stabile is an internationally recognized Enneagram master teacher. She is the author of The Path Between Us and coauthor, with Ian Morgan Cron, of the bestseller The Road Back to You. She is the host of The Enneagram Journey podcast. Along with her husband, Rev. Joseph Stabile, she is cofounder of Life in the Trinity Ministry located in Dallas, Texas.


"A thought-provoking consideration of human longing....emotionally resonant insights and soulful prose." --Publishers Weekly

"The reason I have come to love this book so much is because Jeff Crosby has given me language for feelings that I carry with me everywhere I go but have struggled to name. And I promise it will do the same for you." --from the foreword by Suzanne Stabile, author of The Journey Toward Wholeness and The Path Between Us

"In reading this book it hit me--this mysterious, untranslatable feeling is something we all have. All people. At all times. Everywhere. I am grateful to Jeff Crosby for giving all of us these wonderful words. I will treasure this book for the rest of my life." --from the afterword by James Bryan Smith, author of The Magnificent Journey

"Open-hearted, accessible, and drawn from deep wells of reflection, this lovely book about the longings we know but can sometimes barely name offers solace and hope. Worth reading slowly, this book is an invitation to feel and reflect on our own deepest longings and where they may lead us." --Marilyn McEntyre, author of Where the Eye Alights and Word by Word

"This is one of the finest books I have ever read. Here you will find embodied, practical wisdom located in place, music, story, literature, friendship, nature, faith, and spirituality." --Mark R. McMinn, coauthor of A Time for Wisdom

"What appears to be untranslatable in our interior lives is broadly and wisely interpreted in this important book: we long to be loved; and if God is love, we long for God. Read with gratitude as Jeff Crosby guides us to fully understand our spiritual, physical, and emotional longings." --Christopher de Vinck, author of The Power of the Powerless: A Brother's Legacy of Love and Simple Wonders

"With transparency and wisdom, Crosby walks us through the longings that show we are human and reminds us of the God who meets us right in those very spots, and often through the beauty of community. Pay attention to your saudade. Then read this lovely book." --Karen Stiller, senior editor of Faith Today magazine and author of The Minister's Wife: A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness, and More

"In The Language of the Soul Jeff Crosby introduces us to a new word--saudade--that describes an ancient and ever new experience: the longing, burning heart." --Michael Card, singer/songwriter and author of A Sacred Sorrow

"This is a book to cherish, re-read, and discuss in small groups. Especially those who are humbly honest about their own longings, and who want to understand, and perhaps even refine them." --Gregory Clapper, author of When the World Breaks Your Heart