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09 February 2011

Soul Print by Mark Batterson - Review

7:36 PM Posted by steve flores , , No comments
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I hope you find this review and future reviews helpful in choosing good books to read or those to stay away from.

This is number three of Mark Batterson’s books I’ve read.  I was a little underwhelmed, because some of the same personal stories were repeated.  It felt like I was reading a combination of “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” and “Wild Goose Chase.”  I love both those books, but was a little disappointed to see a few personal stories told with what seemed to be the same application as in previous books. 

Conceptually, I enjoyed the read.  I loved that Batterson didn’t make this book just about self-help, but about desiring God to discover identity.  He uses the life of David (the shepherd and the king) and draws parallels to how we can discover a destiny similar to David's.  From feelings of insignificance as a shepherd to overwhelming gratitude as a king, Mark writes to help the read discover our true identity - our soul print. 

There are a couple of quotes that I believe sum up the book:
“The way you see yourself is determined by what you base your identity on.  And you have lots of choices.” -p.104

“The journey of self-discovery reveals more than your destiny.  It reveals your legacy.  It reveals more than what you remember.  It reveals how you will be remembered….Ultimately...it’s your actions, and reactions, that define you.  So don’t play the victim. Be the victor. After all, that is who you are in Christ.” –p.154

I recommend this book with hesitancy, because of the repeated stories.  If you’ve never read one of Mark Batterson’s books, then I recommend it without hesitancy.  There are tons of usable quotes.  To read an excerpt, click here.

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