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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Primal by Mark Battterson - Book Review

* Category: Religion - Christian Life
* Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
* On Sale: December 22, 2009
* Price: $17.99
* ISBN: 978-1-60142-131-9 (1-60142-131-1)

Click here to purchase: Primal A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity

First I would like to once again give a big thank you to Liz from Waterbrook Multnomah a division of Random House for providing me with a hard copy of Primal by Mark Batterson to read and review. Although the book was provided for the review, the review is my own honest opinion.

About the Book (from the publisher's website):

Our generation needs a reformation.
But a single person won’t lead it.
A single event won’t define it.
Our reformation will be a movement of reformers living creatively, compassionately, courageously for the cause of Christ.

This reformation will not be born of a new discovery. It will be the rediscovery of something old, something ancient.

Something primal.

Mark Batterson, Primal

What would your Christianity look like if it was stripped down to the simplest, rawest, purest faith possible? You would have more, not less. You would have the beginning of a new reformation—in your generation, your church, your own soul. You would have primal Christianity.

This book is an invitation to become part of a reformation movement. It is an invitation to rediscover the compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy that turned the world upside down two thousand years ago. It is an invitation to be astonished again.

My Review:

From the first page, I was pulled into this book. I was completely engaged in the examples he gives on how to love to love God more fully. It was full of simple insight. Some main points that really hit home is not just acting like a Christian but reacting like a Christian. This was like a bell that went off in my head. I work at a Christian radio station, and there are times when some people can be a bit rude. I grin and bear it and try with all my heart to continually be kind. I did it, because it was my job. Now I do it, because I am truly trying to react with the love of God. I am still behaving the same way (in a kind and loving manner), but I don't feel like I have been run through the ringer any more. That was an infinitely perfect lesson.

This is a book that I believe can really offer a fresh perspective on loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. It is written in a smooth manner, and there are wonderful and inspiring real world and real people examples. I definitely would recommend this book, and I actually have already. I have several friends waiting for it to come out on December 22nd.

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