Thursday, March 3, 2011

Soul Print by Mark Batterson

There is so much of this book I could pull out and discuss for hours. While not heavily theological, Batterson takes the life of David and weaves it in and out of his discussion regarding our soulprint, "who God has destined you to become from the inside out" (p.7). He focuses the reader's perspective on how God uses defining moments in our lives to reveal our destiny, our unique purpose. I always get a little leery when a writer uses the word "destiny" and "purpose." However, what Batterson did was describe how what we go through in life makes us unique, and how that uniqueness can be used by God to show us a purpose in life.

A tangible idea that I took away from the book deals with what Batterson calls lifesymbols. "Lifesymbols are all about seeing the purposes of God in our past experience." (p.60). He spoke of having actual physical reminders of times God has brought you through surrounding you in your home, office, etc. A specific example of his was an old bathroom sign from a movie theater where his church first met together for thirteen years. These symbols are meant to jog a spiritual memory. To remind the self "who I am and whose I am." (p.48). I want my family to do that! There are things we have already that do this, but I now would like to critically go through "things" displayed in my home and see whether they serve that purpose or not. What glory can be given to God if, as my family and I simply walk through our home, we are reminded of what He has done in our lives!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is a self-discovery book that more about God and less about self.

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