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A couple of Sundays ago my pastor recommend we try at least one of the prescribed challenges the author (David Platt) said would allow us to consider how our hearts have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. As a result our church family is corporately seeking of ways to redefine our manufactured form of Christianity. The message in this book represents what I and many other Christians have been thinking and praying about for quite sometime, that the multitude of believers who call on Christ as their saviour, would also be excited to follow him as their king, and less compelled to go along with status quo of todays society.  At every corner it seems we are confronted with the choice to build up securities and comfort, or to build up Christ’s Kingdom. The author argues that this change is so difficult to make because it calls into question the  mini-“empires” humans like to build. It calls into question the hd tv with sorround sound etc…He writes ” Jesus placed a fundamental priority on disciplemaking relationships, and such relationships cannot play a merely supplemental part in our Christian lives.” The author doesn’t leave us hanging with big questions and ideas with no real tangible  outlet to pour our energy into. He learned some hard lessons being a pastor of a mega church with a typical growth model, and shares with us his ideas of a radical experiment. It calls us to give 1 year of our life to some small things that lead us to live more for Christ’s mission and less for the American Dream. In short we are challenged to read  more of the bible, pray more for the world, and get more involved in our communities, which allows us to spend more time in a Jesus glorifying context. This book is a must read for anyone who asked the same questions I did. What is God’s plan in our lives? Aren’t we here to change things in this world? What more can I do to make an impact on this generation? This book gives us some great resources and insight to help us wake up from an American Dream.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Finding My Soul Print

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Book Review

This is the third Mark Batterson book I’ve read and I am happy to say that this installment is from the heart,and  is inspired  by God, and in as few words as possible can and will show you glimpses of what God wants for your unique destiny. Mark makes a clear and concise disclaimer at the beginning of this book, and I concur, that if you are looking for a self help book your not in the right place.  As he puts it ” Self Help” is nothing more than idolatry dressed up in a tuxedo. However, if you are seeking to yield your  life to God and find out what he might have in store for your ministry, your family, and your walk and mission in life, then “Soul Print” is a read that will help you along your journey.

As usual, Mark mixes life experience with the scripture that show us specifically where God has worked in his life, and how God can work in our life. Mark impresses upon us questions that stir up the why behind our motives, and the what God wants to do with them.

King David himself, God’s beloved, is used as a backdrop to set the stage throughout the book of how God is more than willing to use humble servants who are intent on having their hearts reflect the Glory of God, no matter the sin, the tribulation, and heartache, we learn through this reading its a repentant heart God  can unleash within you in this season.

Mark Batterson, like other great pastors, asks the hard questions that get to the  nitty-gritty part of prophetic self discovery.

I personally am in a season where I am asking myself these hard questions as to why I want to be a pastor, and why my dreams and visions are not totally for self glory. I am also wrestling with discovering who God has crafted me to become, versus who I think I should be. This book has allowed me to meditate on scripture and pray that God will continue to give me revelation on how I can better serve him in his timing, and use gifts and talents he has given me to make an impact on this present generation.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”