Are you looking for a book to read in the new year, a book that will change your life? Check out Mark Batterson's newest book, Primal : A Quest for the lost soul of Christianity . Mark Batterson is an amazing writer. His word pictures are so alive, his thoughts grounded in scripture,his applications so practical. In this book Batterson takes us back to the basics of Christianity and to the roots of his/her own faith. He shares what he believes from scripture is the lost soul of Christianity, and how we need to respond.
I have just begun to read this book. The first two chapters gave me so much to think about that I needed to stop and really ponder these thoughts. After an introduction, Batterson begins his book with a talk on heart transplants, and how the recipients of new hearts say that they receive new desires, cravings and habits with their new heart. Batterson goes on to say that when we accept Christ as our Savior we get a heart transplant - we receive Christ's heart. With that heart should come new desires, cravings and habits. We should feel different, and one of those new feelings should be compassion. Then Batterson asks, Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God? (p. 17) Is you faith in your heart, or only in your mind?
The second thought that grabbed me was this: In my experience it's much easier to act like a Christian that it is to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart. (p. 22) Batterson had been talking about what it means to love God with all your heart. This thought made me examine how I react to the world around me - and has already begun to change my reactions.
I have not finished the book yet, but I have been changed and challenged by it. I highly recommend Mark Batterson's book Primal: A Quest for the lost soul of Christianity. Make this the first book you read in 2010.
Primal is published by Waterbook Multnomah Press.
You can find this book at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
I would love it if you would leave a comment for me after you read the book. Tell me what point was most life changing for you.