- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah (January 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601420390
- ISBN-13: 978-1601420398
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 334 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Mark Batterson
“With Soulprint Mark Batterson has done it again! He has asked the questions that led me into a self-discovery that enlarged my vision of God's purpose in my life.”
—Ruth Graham, speaker and author of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There
“Mark weaves us through the Great Commandment with insights that are both winsome and wise, peaking both curiosity and conviction. He calls us to a discipleship free of the trappings of shriveled self-concern, drawing us to give ourselves, with abandon, to others as we heed Jesus’ call to “love God” above all. This book will fuel clarity of call and persevering strength for those who will journey in obedience to the Gospel – in its wholeness of justice, mercy, and faithfulness – for a lifetime.”
—Gary Haugen, president & CEO of International Justice Mission and author of Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More, and Just Courage
“Too many of us are doing life at an unsustainable pace and losing sight of our first love. In his new book Primal, Mark Batterson invites you to rediscover the reality of Christ and His passions. This book will challenge you, push you, and stretch you. You will walk away righteously aggravated, but catapulted into action.”
—Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv
“Mark, I’m with you. It’s time for the believers to be more. Let’s hear the voice of God and be that Holy passionate fire that we are called to be. It’s the primal way.”
—Shaun Alexander, 2005 NFL MVP, acclaimed speaker and author of Touchdown Alexander and The Walk
“As a leader and teacher, Mark Batterson brings imagination, energy, and insight. Mark’s genuine warmth and sincerity spill over into his communication, combining an intense love for his community with a passionate desire to see them living the life God dreams for them. I appreciate his willingness to take bold risks and go to extraordinary lengths to reach our culture with a message that is truly relevant.”
—Ed Young, senior pastor of Fellowship Church
“A thoughtful and energetic leader, Mark Batterson presses us to consider how we live out our faith in the world around us. When Mark has something to say, I am quick to listen.”
—Frank Wright, PhD, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters
About the Author
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, D.C. NCC was recognized as one of the most innovative and influential churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008. One church with ten services in six locations, NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the D.C. area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, Ebenezers, which was recently recognized as the #1 coffeehouse in the metro D.C. area by AOL CityGuide. He is a daily blogger at www.markbatterson.com and the author of the bestselling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, and Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. Mark and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children.
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But it is a good reminder that each of us is uniquely created by God and thus each of us has a "soul print," like a finger print, that is uniquely ours. One of the challenges of life then is to discover that soul print and use it for God's purpose.
"There has never been and never will be anyone else like you," Batterson opens the book. "But that isn't a testament to you., It's a testament to the God who created you. You are unlike anyone who has ever lived. But that uniqueness isn't a virtue. It's a responsibility."
Batterson, who is lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., focuses on the life of David and writes that God is like an artist in whose mind the work of art (that would be us, as Ephesians 2:10 states) originates. "God is creating a picture of grace on the canvas of your life."
In all, while it at times can become a bit cliched, "Soulprint" is a worthwhile book that reinforces the truth that I am "fearfully and wonderfully made."
This quote, which also happens to be the first few sentences of the "opening scene" in Soulprint, is basically what the book is about. In Mark Batterson's unique way, he leads us through the life of King David... showing us that it doesn't matter how many mistakes we've made in life... the important thing is that we see where those mistakes have fit in our journey... and how God can use them throughout our lives.
Mark starts the book talking about where our confidence should come from, and reminds us that our self-worth and persona are not attributed to our own ability, but instead to the God who created us. The rest of the book brings out good and bad points in David's life... where he messed up... where he came back. It also talks about how we can fend off those pesky things that get in the way, as we journey toward becoming who God made each one of us to be. My favorite chapter is the one about life symbols. We all have specific moments in our lives that define us. This book helped me to really think through mine.
EACH one of us was created to fulfill a SPECIFIC purpose... one that no one else can fill. Soulprint is a good resource to help you begin to see the destiny that God has created for your life (within His bigger picture).
We can all relate with David on some level. I relate with him well. I've made some of the same mistakes in my life, but with those mistakes has come the deep conviction that proves I am definitely a child of the King. And so, I related strongly with this book. Mark's words helped me as I continue on this path to self-discovery. It helped me to let go some guilt from the past and it also helped me to think through how I can block sin/obstacles from preventing me from becoming who God created me to be. I highly recommend this very simple, clear, profound book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.
I teach a 12 step faith based recovery program in the Cumberland County jail. These women feel forgotten and hopeless because of what they have done and for the unspeakable that has been done to them. Their hope is in Christ and their past is a part of their destiny.