Primal by Mark Batterson

I want to share a book with you.  Mark Batterson has written another book.  If his first two books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase were childhood and adolescence, Mark has reached adulthood.

Really, if you are looking for a gift, run and pick this up.  Primal is about getting crazy creative in your walk with God.

Mark talks from experience.  He doesn’t talk from a high platform.  He talks from reality.  He challenges us from a basis of reality.  We aren’t just challenged to be better Christians.  We are challenged to be more real.

This book is not vintage Batterson.  This book is much more.  I think, like all of us, Mark is growing and changing and getting better with age.  Primal has the feel of Leonard Sweet mixed with Alan Hirsch and a bit of Frank Viola.  If you are looking for a book that will challenge you to live the dream – to be what God created you to be, this is the book.

In Primal, Mark explores the four elements of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion, wonder, curiosity, and power. Along the way, he calls you to be a part of God’s reformation, starting in your own life.

As Mark writes, “Is there a place in your past where you met God and God met you? A place where your heart broke for the things that break the heart of God? Maybe it was a sermon that became more than a sermon. Maybe it was a mission trip or retreat. Maybe it was a vow you made at an altar. In that moment, God birthed something supernatural in your spirit. You knew you’d never be the same again. My prayer is that this book would take you back to that burning bush—and reignite a primal faith.”

Primal will help you live in light of what matters most and discover what it means to love God. It will help you become great at the Great Commandment.

Want more information?  There is a lengthy quote from the first chapter in this article (A Face on Poverty) I wrote elsewhere.

You can buy the book from the publisher, or from

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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