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Soul Print by Mark Batterson

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SoulPrint by Mark Batterson

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...Fulfilling your true destiny by discovering your true identity is a relevant message spurred on by Mark’s warmth and passion."

Within the pages of Soulprint, Mark Batterson helps enlarge the vision of God's purpose in our lives. He pulls no punches when he says it will be a spiritually painful, emotionally exhausting self-examination. And the majority of Christ-followers avoid discomfort at all costs. Yet it’s the time to be catapulted into action. This self-initiated journey of self-discovery begins in asking and answering the tough question “Who am I?”

Using the life of King David as his biblical backdrop, the author retells several familiar stories focusing on David’s seven defining moments in uncovering his God-given identity and therefore his destiny. There is an energetic and authentic transparency when he writes. His imagery of defining moments should resonate with each one of us.

Fulfilling your true destiny by discovering your true identity is a relevant message spurred on by Mark’s warmth and passion. The wonderful statement your uniqueness is God’s gift to you and is also your gift to God should stir the holy confidence within each one of us.

Referring to 1 Samuel 7:12 where it states “So far, so good” Mark has deepened its meaning in his life when he now states “So far, so God!”

Here are some of the quotes I found particularly encouraging, convicting and insightful (hopefully to whet your appetite):

The reason we get frustrated is because we think big without thinking long. That is a recipe for disappointment. Reevaluate your timeline. And be encouraged when it takes longer than you expected. That simply means that God wants to do something immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine.”

"Our memories can either empower us to live by faith or imprison us to live by fear. How we postimagine the future can make or break us.

"It’s not what He could do (dunamis) that changed my life. It is what He could have done but chose not to (exousia) that changes me.”

"Disrobing is the courage to reveal who you are and who you aren’t.”

"Identity issues are the result of worshipping the wrong thing.”

There are a few instances where his words sound like smooth marketing cliques i.e. “Are you willing to submit to short-term pain for long-term gain?” And then again, maybe it is the way I read them that made them sound a little too slick.

This is one of those books I will not read only once for review. I must return and devour it again, seeking, examining, and discerning with the help of the discussion questions at the end.

Mark Batterson is becoming one of my favorite non-fiction authors. He has become a modern day prophet (similar to David’s Nathan) to many people within and beyond the walls of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. including me.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.