I recently received the book Primal by Mark Batterson from WaterBrook Multnomah to read and review. I am sooo glad I requested this one.
Mark Batterson is the lead Pastor of a church in the D.C. metro area that sounds very interesting. They operate a coffee house one block from Union Station called Ebenezers and every penny of profits go towards missions. Mark Batterson's church operates in 5 locations and they meet in movie theaters. I'm very intrigued by the sounds of this church to begin with.
In Primal, Mr. Batterson explores the meaning of the Great Commandment of loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. 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 —and reignite a primal faith.”
Three points truly stood out to me. Mark Batterson first writes about his long distance relationship with his wife while they were dating and how he loved the sound of her voice. He wrote that if we love God, then we love His voice, particularly His Word. Secondly, he writes often that there are three dimensions to truly getting God's Word. The first dimension is knowledge (reading it). The second is digesting it (meditating on it). The third is applying it (obeying it). The third point that Mark Batterson emphasizes is that the Great Commandment, loving God with your heart, soul, mind and strength, boil down to compassion, wonder, curiosity and energy.
I loved this book. There may have been a point or two I didn't agree with, as always, but one the whole, the book was fantastic! I highly recommend this as the first book you read in 2010.
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