Sunday, December 20, 2009

Primal gets down to what really matters: Book review

Mark Batterson just keeps getting better.

Primal is his latest effort and he doesn't disappoint. I always learn something when I read his books. Especially in the areas of science and history. Mark cultivates my passion for learning because he is such a learner himself.

But I also am challenged to live my faith more authentically and passionately. In this his fourth book, I am specifically challenged to love God more thoroughly: with my heart, soul, mind and strength.

Mark takes the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37) and breaks it down. After all, it's the summary verse on how to follow Christ! He ends the book calling for another reformation for Christ-followers to simply be "great" at loving God with all that we are.

Mark is so real and humble in his writing. I feel like I know Mark better after reading one of his books. Mark writes from a life well lived, as well. It's one thing to write stories from your life. But it's another to live so fully. His stories teach directly and indirectly. He isn't wasting time. He's living fully for Christ and taking his family with him. Mark, you inspire me!

For example, I learned about parenting in this book and it wasn't about that. (Relevant to parenting, sure. But reading between the lines I was thoroughly challenged as a dad)

So thanks, Mark, for sharing your journey with Christ with me. And thanks for investing in pastors like me by giving away free copies of your book. That's so cool! Great blog too. www.Evotional.com

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.


Be Astonished Again

We have a tendency to complicate Christianity. Jesus simplified it: Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we are to live out the essence of Christianity, we must commit to being great at this Great Commandment.

In Primal, Mark Batterson explores the four elements of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion, wonder, curiosity, and power. Along the way, he calls you to be a part of God’s reformation, starting in your own life.

As Mark writes, “Is there a place in your past where you met God and God met you? A place where your heart broke for the things that break the heart of God? Maybe it was a sermon that became more than a sermon. Maybe it was a mission trip or retreat. Maybe it was a vow you made at an altar. In that moment, God birthed something supernatural in your spirit. You knew you’d never be the same again. My prayer is that this book would take you back to that burning bush—and reignite a primal faith.”

Primal will help you live in light of what matters most and discover what it means to love God. It will help you become great at the Great Commandment.