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Great Book, Reading for the second time, will use it periodically as a tool for living.

posted by Bensalo on January 6, 2012

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I hate to say this but I didn't care much for this short book by Mark Batterson. I hate to say it because I really, really loved reading his first work, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. This was just not that.

He writes that it is not a self help book but it real...
I hate to say this but I didn't care much for this short book by Mark Batterson. I hate to say it because I really, really loved reading his first work, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. This was just not that.

He writes that it is not a self help book but it really leaves that taste in your mouth. The 154 pages of content skims David's life focusing on his character and integrity. The truth is, Mark is a good writer and communicator, however this (topic, approach, character study) has been done. So done.

I don't want to pretend that the book is completely without redemption. There are some good nuggets of wit and wisdom that were just stretched too thin. The one section I did find some what igniting was the one on 'seeking the shadows'. Batterson is a good story teller and in this particular narrative he recount an opportunity he had to speak at an event where Louie Giglio was also speaking,

"As Louie was speaking, I heard that still, small voice of the Spirit, and this is what I wrote in my conference notebook: "Seek the shadows." Like sunflowers that face the east to soak in the morning sunlight, we crave the praise of don't get honor by seeking honor. You get honor by giving honor. Jesus said it this way: "Don't sit in the seat of honor."

If I was going to recommend the book for any particular group maybe I would go with a spiritually immature group of young teenagers. The material is simple and the illustrations are plentiful. Other than that I can not really suggest you go grab a copy.

posted by JoshKing on March 7, 2011

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Good read

    Soulprint by Mark Batterson is a deceptively simple book. The subtitle is "Discovering your divine destiny" and that intrigued me. It's not a book of easy answers, and I appreciate that. Instead, Batterson uses primarily the story of David as a framework for raising questions that will help you on a journey of self-discovery. His basic premise is that each one of us is a unique creation of God, and that uniqueness gives us the responsibility to live--and worship God--in a way that no one else can. That can only be done when we discover our "true identity." Many times this kind of language sends red flags up for me, making me wonder if the rest of the book is going to be a sermon about what I should and shouldn't be doing. Batterson, though, points out something I've found to be true the older I've gotten--that we spend much of our lives as strangers to ourselves. It's easier to be someone that everyone else wants us to be--easier and safer. But, as he suggests, in doing that, we lose ourselves. He approaches the process as an archaeological dig, and that was an intriguing point of view. The primary tool he suggests using is the tool of story--and he uses various aspects of David's story as a template. We often talk about identifying people through their fingerprints; Batterson suggests that our soulprint is every bit as important (if not more so) in self-identification. There are discussion questions at the end of the book--summaries of key points and questions. I did not find those helpful--found them too simplistic. But the rest of the text kept my attention and has encouraged me to consider starting the journey of self-discovery, especially since he suggests that it's never too late! This book it was provided free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Becoming who God wants you to be.

    This is the first book I've read by author Mark Batterson, pastor from the Washington D.C, and I found the author to be sincere, positive, and inspiring. It was a feel-good book, which isn't a bad thing; I'm just sometimes jaded when a book only acknowledges the positive.
    Batterson used scripture to explain his Soul Print theory, citing from the life of King David and his trials. For example, Batterson used David's early life as a shepherd and the skills he learned in order to defend the family's herd. Batterson purposes that without that time as a shepherd boy he would not have been able to have the skills necessary to defeat Goliath. It is then a blessing to have been confronted by lions and bears so David could become an excellent shot with the slingshot-according to Batterson. It's a strong argument.
    Each of the seven (7) segments of the book, the author focuses on David's Soul Print, and then applies the scripture to modern life. He compares David's Soul Print to David's destiny, and then challenges the reader to examine his or her own Soul Print. I can say that I did read over the exercises and reviewed the questions at the end of the chapters and at the end of the book. There were many thought provoking questions.
    I believe that each one of us is uniquely created by God to fulfill some purpose within His plan for the world. We are not to copy someone else, but are to learn who God made us to be and how we can live our lives within His Kingdom. Mark Batterson did a good job explaining this concept. And I really appreciated his explanation that there are different seasons in life, and we must learn to be content in the season we are experiencing (p. 25).
    Soul Print is a short book, 154 pages, followed by 16 pages of discussion questions. I found it to be an easy read, with all parts flowing together well. Based on this book, I would be interested in reading some of the author's other works. I received Soul Print by Mark Batterson from Blogging for Books / WaterBrookMultnomah Press in exchange for my review, of which there was no pressure one way or the other regarding how I reviewed it.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    The destiny of Soulprint

    "The more you have going for you, the more potential you have for identity issues. Why? Because it's easier to base your identity on the wrong things. It's rather ironic, but the greatest blessings can become the greatest curses simply because they undermine our reliance upon God..."

    pg 105 Soulprint

    This really sums the book up for me. Mark Batterson is on a quest for you to find the real you. Not the "you" people perceive you to be but the real genuine you. You are like no other person on this earth, nobody can worship the creator as you can, be used the way you can. This is not a book about finding your inner being but finding your God being. Mr. Batterson uses the story of David in a way anyone can relate. I was extremely surprised at the humility of his writing and the honesty. He speaks of his own struggles, which was refreshing. On the scale 1 to 10 I would put this book at a 6.5. It is no commentary on David's life, but gives some valuable insights to the defining moments. It flirts with being a self help book, which I am not a big fan of, but I am of a fan of being used by the Almighty God, and Mr. Batterson does strive to see yourself through the eyes of God so you can be a tool in His hands

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Great for personal reflection and growth

    Soul Print is supposed to be a book about discovering your unique identity. Mark Batterson follows major events in the life of King David to demonstrate how God works through circumstances to mold and model us into the people he wants us to be. He opens his book with a simple yet profound statement, "There has never been and never will be anyone else like you. But this isn't a testament to you. It's a testament to God who created you."

    By using major life occurances in the life of King David (the defeat over Goliath, the encounter with King Saul in the cave, his affair with Bathsheba, etc), Batterson sets out an example of how we can view situations in our own lives to allow God to work in us. He makes some assumptions about David that, while conceivable, are not necessarily Biblical, but there isn't anything really wrong with that accept to remember while you read it that it is an assumption he makes which may or may not be correct.

    As a church music director I found quite a bit of insight that can be applied to how I lead my congregation in worship in Chapter IV (Alter Ego), but that's only because I read it through the lens of a worship leader. Batterson's message in that chapter is for everyone - in fact, it is specifically for the lay worshiper. His insights will definitely show up in my writing over the next couple of months on worship (found at I Respond to Jesus and Grace Notes).

    One of the key components of the book that will make it applicable is to take the time to work through the reflection questions at the end of the book. The contents of the book have the potential to impact and change your life if you take the time to work through the refection questions at the end of the book instead of merely reading through it.

    Over all I'll give this book 3.5 out of five stars.

    One disclaimer, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but am not required to post a complimentary review in exchange for it.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Soul Print By Mark Batterson, A Review

    We are each unique, we each have a destiny to fulfill, and Mark Batterson's book Soul Print wants to help its reader do so.

    Batterson draws from the life of King David to illustrate his points throughout the book. The opening and first chapter start off fairly well, citing some interesting instances in the lives of King David, Michelangelo, and Korczak Ziolkowski. The opening pages are encouraging, and give the reader hope that times of waiting, apparent unsuitableness, and impossibility, can all be redeemed by God to help them discover who they are and accomplish their appointed destiny. The book's middle chapters make some convicting assertions, causing you to examine your motives, integrity, and relationship with God.

    All in all Batterson has made some good points, though for me it has done little to distinguish itself from the sea of Christian Living/Self-help books. I learned and was reminded of some truths, but ultimately I cannot say that it is one of the best books I have ever read.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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