In Primal, Mark Batterson invites the reader along on a journey of self-examination to seek the key elements of living as a follower of Christ. This journey takes the reader to the day of his or her conversion, when the fires of faith likely burned most brightly, all the way back to the early days of the Church, and even beyond then to the words of Jesus in Mark 12. When He was asked what is the most important commandment, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The book is divided into sections dealing with just what it means to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. He talks about comfort and how detrimental it is to really living for God, how each of us has a personal responsibility to stretch ourselves and to develop in ALL four areas in order to fully grow up in faith. He goes beyond the theoretical concepts into very inspiring illustrations of how people’s lives have been changed by grasping these principles. The point of the book is VERY practical. Don’t just say it, think it, or feel it, but DO it. Love is an action. We hear that phrase all the time, but in loving God, as He showed us by sending Christ to live and walk and minister and die here among us, we have to DO something. Batterson even gives some solid examples of how this can work.
Pretty simple. I liked that it was an admonishment to self-examine. I liked that he talked about “God ideas” and how we need to grab hold of those and seek Him to help us develop them—a different look at taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ. The key there is obedience. That is, of course, the hardest part. Sometimes obedience is uncomfortable, but it is the most basic lesson we learn as young children!
This book really would be a good read for January—an opportunity to do some soul-searching and direction setting in the new year. I hope to sit back down and take it a small piece at a time, with some journaling and prayer worked through the pages. The message of the book is worth taking the time to read and absorb deeply.
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