December 22, 2009 | Comments Off
Let me just say it. I love Mark Batterson. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is one of my all time favorite books, which I reviewed in July 2008. Now he’s written another book: Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity and it’s almost as good.
Batterson says we have a tendency to complicate Christianity. He suggests that we need to turn from all the modern schemes to promote Christianity, our churches, and our programs, and return to the basics of our faith. He says that Jesus simplified it in the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30), which Batterson calls the Primal Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” He invites us to become astonished again. If we are to live out the essence of Christianity, we must commit to being great at this Great Commandment.
In Primal, Mark Batterson explores the four elements of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion, wonder, curiosity, and power. Along the way, he calls us to become a part of God’s reformation, starting in your own life.
He 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 burning bush—and reignite a primal faith.”
Primal will help you live in light of what matters most and discover what it means to love God. It will help you become great at the Great Commandment. It would be a worthwhile book for your small group.