My book review of Primal by Mark Batterson.

Primal is, “A quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity.”

We have a tendency to complicate Christianity. Jesus simplified it: Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we are to live out the essence of Christianity, we must commit to being great at this Great Commandment. – Mark Batterson

This book is the ‘how’ as in the how to live the Great Commandment.

Mark must be a really smart guy because he brings in some really quirky yet perfect analogies to bring the reader along on this quest. Analogies from science to history, with a touch of his personal life, bring the purpose to the forefront with perfect timing.

How would I describe the book itself?

Well, do you remember that alter call? You know, that time when you went down to the front of a church, stage, tent, kitchen, or bed room, and you fell on your knees? You fell to your knees because you knew you were complicating your faith either with sin or with insignificant events. This desire to change came out of nowhere but you knew you had lost your purpose – Your desire to be great at the Great Commandment.

This is what happened to me when I read the book. So maybe this is a warning. If you are comfortable with your faith maybe you should head towards the “Feel Good” section of a book store, but if you have a desire to love God, this book is for you.

(Thanks for the free book WaterBrook Multnomah and Mark Batterson. Sorry if that last statement maybe caused some to pass on the book.)

Put this on your “books to read” list for 2010. But I would read Primal first, because it’s as good as, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.