Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Book Review of Soulprint by Mark Batterson

I was first introduced to Mark Batterson’s work almost a year ago when I friend called me up and said, “You HAVE TO read this book called In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day!” That book changed my life, challenged my walk with God and gave me an inner God strength to face the challenges that lay ahead with a new found energy. I picked up Soulprint wondering if Mark Batterson could top his previous work. If In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day was written from a cheerleader’s perspective, Soulprint was written from a therapist’s perspective.

Mark Batterson dives into a challenge to help the reader discover how God has wired each and every one of us, but not for selfish reasons. He challenges the reader to explore the five defining moments in each of our lives that will help us see how we can be used by God. Mark says right from the very beginning, “I want you to experience the joy of discovering who you are and the freedom of discovering who you’re not.” (page 3). However this self-discovery is not about yourself…it is about God and how He can use you.

The one thought that impacted me the most was these words: “Every diving appointment is preceded by a season of preparation. And if we submit to the preparation, God will fulfill His promise. If we don’t, He won’t. Why? Because God never sets us up to fail.” (page 25). How many of us have watched someone else lead worship, speak at a conference, lead an organization, teach Sunday School, write a book and think, “Why can’t that be me?” We don’t just get the cart before the horse, we want the cart and the horse NOW! God is faithful and He knows what He is doing. Sometimes the seasons of preparation can be frustrating, but God is calling us to be faithful in the little things as He prepares our path.

If you are ready to look deep into your soul and look deep into King David’s soul, then I encourage to pick up this book and read it. Take a few minutes and discover how God wants to use you, your experiences and you life story to further His kingdom. I highly recommend Soulprint by Mark Batterson.

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Click below for a sample chapter from Soulprint.

DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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