On the Bookshelf: Primal by Mark Batterson

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Can Christianity be stripped of centuries of traditions to reveal its primal elements β€” those very characteristics that drew thousands on the day of Pentecost?

In his book, Primal: The Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity, Mark Batterson contends that it can, but he doesn’t go to the church of Acts 2. He steps further back to the teaching of Jesus himself. Using the great commandment as his outline, Batterson explores what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. Drawing examples from the trials of growing and living through the great commandment at various stages of the growth of his church, National Community Church, shows what the commandment might look like in practice in community.

In the end, Batterson distills pages of creative dissertation and vivid imagery into what he believes is the simple rallying cry of the next reformation: Love God.

This is one of those books that brings theory and practical examples together seamlessly. Personally, I appreciated most that Batterson drew these examples not just from the “church” world but also from literature and social sciences.

One last thing … don’t think this is a book for church leaders only. It’s a book for any follower of Christ who wants to explore the kind of faith that turned the world on its ear 2,000 years ago. Frankly, looking at the news these days, this world could use a little turning.

Thanks to Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for providing me with a copy of this book for review. If you like this review or find it helpful, please click here and rate it at Multnomah’s site.

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