Book Review: Primal by Mark Batterson

21 12 2009

“Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity” by Mark Batterson, RandomHouse.com

I started reading Primal thinking it was going to as refreshing as drinking out of a garden hose as a kid, but I underestimated Batterson. It was more like drinking out of a FIRE HOSE!

Mark Batterson, the Lead Pastor of National Community Church, took me back to the core of what it means to follow Christ. Through thought-provoking and practical insights, we’re challenged to strip away everything else, so we can get back to the primal roots and faith of Christianity…”Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” Christianity in its simplest and purest form: Primal compassion (heart:); Primal wonder (soul); Primal curiosity (mind); Primal power (strength). With two chapters designated to each of the four aspects of loving God, He peals back the layers of the lost soul of Christianity. But even more importantly, the words peeled back the layers the lost soul of MY Christianity.

Some writers engage your mind, but never seem to engage your heart. Some writers engage your heart, but never seem to engage your mind. Batterson is one of the few Christian writers today who engage BOTH intellectually and personally. He has the uncanny ability to take scientific, historic and cultural events and connect them to biblical insights in way that transforms how you look at life and faith. On each page, I walked away with a deeper awe for who God is, a deeper sense of wonder about what He’s doing AND practical ways to rediscover the core of my faith.

It’s a quick read, but the words and insights will linger with you for a long time. To be honest, I’m still processing. My soul hasn’t yet caught up to the new spiritual insights. If you’re looking for a book about Christianity, Primal is not for you. But if you want a great read that will transform the way that you approach your spiritual life in 2010, climb down the stairs of Primal…

Your life may never be the same. Mine isn’t.

“And the quest for the lost soul often begins when we get to the end of ourselves. But that is where life really begins” (Primal, p. 166)

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