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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Primal by Mark Batterson (Partial Book Review)

Title: Primal
Author: Mark Batterson

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

About the book: 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. (inside cover)

My thoughts: I waited kind of late to start reading this book due to the bustle of Christmas, but also due to the fact that I had the mind set that it would be a quick read at 170 pages. It did not take me long to realize that this book was not to be rushed through, but to take to heart and let the message sort of ruminate before moving on - so, as this is the last day of the blog tour, I just wanted to affirm that this is a fantastic book for really laying it all out there on the line - I had never really thought about Christianity as being simple or complex- but as I was reading, I realized that in my own family we have different views as to what being a Christian means - and if I were to spread that out to my friends, my church, and my community it would look very different to everyone. But if we just focus on that one Great Commandment - Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength - What kind of a movement would that start in the community? It is just that simple - I know, easier said than done right? What is holding you back today from this commitment?

Purchase Primal today and make it your priority in the new year to read this one!

~This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.~

Publisher/Publication Date: Multnomah Books, Dec 22, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60142-131-9
171 pages

1 comment:

MarthaE said...

This sounds very interesting! I may just have to check this out. Thanks for a good review.


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