Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny

by Mark Batterson
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Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny by Mark Batterson

There never has been and never will be anyone like you. But that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you. The problem? Few people discover the God-given identity that makes them unlike anyone else. Mark Batterson calls this divine distinction our soulprint.
 
God would like to introduce you to yourself.
 
In Soulprint, Mark pours the contagious energy he’s known for into helping you experience the joy of discovering who you are...and the freedom of discovering who you’re not. The wonderful fact is that your uniqueness is God’s gift to you, and it’s also your gift to God.
 
   A self-discovery book that puts God at the center rather than self, Soulprint encourages you to recognize and explore the five defining moments in your life that will determine your destiny. Along the way, you’ll find that you’re not just turning the pages of a book. You’re turning the pages of your remarkable, God-shaped, world-changing life.

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ISBN-13: 9781601420398
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 287,483
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, D.C. NCC was recognized as one of the most innovative and influential churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008. One church with ten services in six locations, NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the D.C. area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, Ebenezers, which was recently recognized as the #1 coffeehouse in the metro D.C. area by AOL CityGuide. He is a daily blogger at www.markbatterson.com and the author of the bestselling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, and Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. Mark and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children.

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JoshKing More than 1 year ago
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 people...you 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.
Bensalo More than 1 year ago
Great Book, Reading for the second time, will use it periodically as a tool for living.
MaryMVA More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Soul Print, written by Mark Batterson. I've heard wonderful things about all of his books, but had only read In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day prior to picking up his latest. Like In a Pit, I found Soul Print to be an easy read, full of biblical truth, anecdotal stories that keep the text personal and engaging, as well as a challenge for life application. In the book, Batterson tries to point the reader towards understanding and embracing his identity in Christ. He uses five well known accounts from the life of David to show how memories and experiences (both positive and negative), integrity (or lack thereof), embarrassment and sin shape who we are and affect our souls. At first, I wondered how he would be able to share these truths without leaving a dismally hopeless feeling within the reader - as we all have skeletons in the closet we'd prefer to forget about. The good news that Batterson constantly reminds us of, however, is that God is in the business of redemption, and he can use each and every aspect of our lives to draw us to himself. He can and does redeem our past in order build a hopeful future and receive glory. I found a great deal of truth in Batterson's book and kept a highlighter in hand to mark sections I know I'll want to reference again. Mark does an excellent job intertwining the stories of David with his own, and he brings new light on stories that have been told numerous times. I loved the chapters Holy Confidence and Lifesymbols where he shared the importance of remembering what God has done in the past when we look at our present and future obstacles. Like a manna jar for the Israelites who God led through the desert, and like the armor of Goliath that David kept in his tent, we should put reminders in our presence so that we don't forget God's faithfulness. I also appreciated the chapters Crags of the Wild Goats and Alter Ego, where he encouraged the reader to live with integrity and for an audience of One, rather than to seek the love of men and their approval. It is a high and difficult calling, and Batterson tells of his own failures in this area, which, to me, increases his credibility. I greatly enjoyed Soul Print and will likely pick up another Batterson book sometime soon. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Morgan42 More than 1 year ago
Soul Print, by Mark Batterson is a journey of personal discovery that leads to the discovery of our "soul print", our true divine destiny. In this book, Mark Batterson uses stories from King David's own story in the Bible as a way to show the reader how God uses everyone and how He is showing us our own destiny. Batterson also becomes transparent through this book, opening up to his readers about many personal and insightful things that have gone on in his own life. He states that it is not the size of your ministry or how accomplished you are for God as much as who you are becoming in your relationship with God. This book is recommended for anyone who is seeking to be challenged in the walk of faith, but know that I, personally, believe that even though it does matter how grown you are in your relationship with God, He also has called us to share with others who do not know him. And if we don't do that because we are focusing on ourselves, then who is? I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Stacy_F_39 More than 1 year ago
This book is written by Pastor and Author Mark Batterson. Once again he has crafted another excellent book. I cannot wait to to get his book, "Primal".  Batterson's books are an easy read and straight shooting to the heart of the matter and that is helping the reader find their soul's destiny. Each soul print is different just like each finger, and Batterson is a master at clarity. He writes in a clear easy to read manner that keeps you engaged and personally I have benefited greatly from his work.  King David as our focal point and Batterson allows us to  connect with David in a very spiritual way. For example Batterson masterfully uses key events throughout David's life to connect to the reader. We aren't much different from David, and I think we all can find similarities in David's story to ours.  Batterson drives home the point that God has created each one of us as unique creations. God sees more potential in us than we see in ourselves, and Batterson's example of King David is perfect in this illustration.  A MUST READ for anyone who wants to know the will of God for their lives and know themselves better. Great for Teens!  
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Bogey More than 1 year ago
In Soulprint we find Batterson using King David as our point of connection. He uses key events throughout David's life to connect to you and me, the readers, to the truth within the pages. Batterson relates the idea of the soulprint to a fingerprint. He explains how just as there are no two fingerprints alike there are no two soulprints alike. God has created each one of us as individuals with a divine plan. The author establishes David as the example for our individual uniqueness. Sharing about David facing Goliath and how King Saul put his own armor on David, and since it could not fit he could not use it. Much like Saul's armor we cannot put other people's lives on like they are our own. Here are some interesting themes I saw in the book. David may have been a shepherd boy... but God saw more. David may have been a soldier on the run from his king... but God saw more. David may have been a king you killed a man to have his wife... but God saw more. God saw David's soulprint. David pursued God through the high-times and the low. However, he always hung onto God. Batterson wants the readers to walk away knowing that it is not too late to start living out the divine plan that God has for you. In fact all believers should be trying to find that plan so that they can live in a way that brings the most glory to God as possible. A complimentary copy of Soulprint by Mark Batterson was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I've read of Pator Batterson's. There are many concepts in the book which are helpful, but I did not find that it went beyond what I already knew. There were some sections that seemed "pop culture self-helpish." I don't think it's one of his best efforts. Many of the personal illustrations are drawn from his other works which become somewhat tedious. All in all, though, I did derive some good spiritual food from the book. I think for a person new to the faith or new to Pastor Batterson's writings this would be a good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! You will be taken on an incredible journey. This book is based on David's life and how he humbled himself before the Lord. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to develop a real relationship with God!
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mirandi More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! There were so many parts I ended up highlighting and wanting to send to my friends and family. I am definitely recommending this book to all my Christian friends. Batterson teaches so many great things that I've never heard of before or considered. Let me summarize some because there are just so many good parts! A soulprint is not only who you are now but who you are destined to become. Ps 139:16 NIV "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Eph 2:10 NLT "We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." You were conceived by God long before you were conceived by your parents. You are God's masterpiece, his sculpture and God is crafting your character through the circumstances of your life. When life is over, we are left with one question "Did you do what you were supposed to do?" In the end, God won't ask "Why weren't you more like King David?", He'll ask you "Why weren't you more like the you that I created you to be?" Every past experience is in preparation for a future opportunity. "God redeems our experiences by cultivating character, developing gifts, and teaching lessons that cannot be learned any other way." "One thing that has helped me endure the challenges I've faced is seeing each of them as learning opportunities." The story of David shows a young man who is sent off to an unglorious future of pasturing sheep, while his brothers go off to war. Although he might not have at first seen this shepherding skill in a positive light, David later killed Goliath with a skill he developed from killing the lions that came after the sheep. Likewise, he also used his shepherding skills to shepherd the nation of Israel as king. While David felt he was put on the sidelines, God was preparing David for battle and to be king on the frontlines. If David hadn't spent time in training, he never would have been prepared for the future God had planned for him. "It's the time we spend on the sidelines that prepares us for the frontlines." Although we usually see the time spend on the sidelines in a negative or painful manner, in the future we learn that we are better off because of those times in training. Lke David watching his brothers go off to war, maybe you feel underappreciated or overlooked, but your day will come. In the meantime, be patient and reevaluate your timeline. God knows better than we do, when the best time is and we can trust Him to open and close the doors that make our life flow in the perfect timing to fulfill the destiny God designed before we were even born. "The longer I live, the more I thank God for the disappointments in life. Those disappointments often prove to be divine appointments. They may come disguised as divine delays or perceived disadvantages" but we can trust God that He knows what He's doing! I cannot recommend this book enough! Fantastic! I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion
Amanda_in_Medora More than 1 year ago
This book, in a nutshell, about discovering one's God-given identity and purpose using the story of King David. While the information in the book wasn't anything spectacularly revelatory, I felt the story of David was told in an interesting and insightful way. David, though being the youngest and smallest, was still portrayed as a brave warrior and confident soldier and the author's supporting narrative, anecdotes, and stories tended toward the masculine identity as well. Being a woman, I found this book to be geared toward a male audience, but not so much so that I couldn't relate or found it hard to swallow. Because the cover of the book adds the description: "Discovering Your Divine Destiny", I thought this would, for some reason, be a how-to, step-by-step book of discovering your divine destiny, but it wasn't. Instead, the discovery process comes at the end of the book in the form of Discussion Questions which I personally found to be very well constructed and require personal reflection and introspection, using David as the springboard for digging deeper. At the conclusion of the book I was left with a feeling of security in God's divine plan and His guidance in all things, a sense of holy calm and heavenly confidence. Maybe that's a bit of what David felt when viewing his life under the almighty gaze of God. Disclaimer: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".
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Rich_Starnes More than 1 year ago
When I first received Soul Print, I had some concerns. I'm a little leery of Christian books which take an Old Testament figure--in this case, David--and turn his story into simple lessons about how to make my life better. And as I started the book, it seemed like my fears would be realized in this book as well. I'm glad I was wrong. While the book is primarily personal application oriented (i.e., how I am a distinct creation that God has a specific purpose for), much of the book keeps the focus on the Lord and His son Jesus Christ, which I consider a positive in Christian literature. I especially appreciated "Scene" (chapter) IV, Alter Ego, and its emphasis on the need for the Christian to base his or her identity in Christ and not in ourselves. Very meaningful stuff in a genre (self-help Christian publishing) which often is just as focused on self-seeking as secular titles of the same ilk. I'm thankful for Pastor Batterson's focus on what truly matters. Note: I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.
Pickle331 More than 1 year ago
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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Patrickringler More than 1 year ago
This is the third book that I have read from Mark Batterson. I am really getting into his writings and have been blessed by his books. This book was an easy read that sheds light on who you are and the possibilities that are contained inside you. Throughout this book Mark walks you through 5 defining moments in your life that will in turn help shape your destiny. Through those moments he relates back to the life of King david to gain insight and principles. Scene 1: Holy Confidence In this chapter Mark wrote, "Our Greatest advantages may not be what we perceive as our greatest advantages. Our greatest advantages may actually be hidden in our greatest disadvantages." This quote made me think for a long time as throughout life I have been taught to run from my disadvantages and focus solely on my advantages. This of course goes in direct opposition to that thought. But the truth is we can only grow in light of the areas we see the need to grow. And when we do in that very area might be were God has called you to do the most for Him. Scene II: Life Sysmbols All of us throughout our lives gather items that have a huge impact in our life, but in turn does not any meaning to others. These are our life symbols. It got me thinking about my life symbols and it took me down a nice trip of memory lane. Scene III: The Crags of Wild Goats This chapter went over the fact that most of us desire to be in the limelight. We all like it when people see us doing a great job and honor us for it. But that is the problem, Honor us for it. What if we went in a different direction and decided to, as Mark shares, Live in the shadows? How would it look to have a dream given to God to bring Glory and Honor to God not you. This one was a challenge for me as I like to achieve things and climb the preverbal ladder. My heart needs to be willing to live out my calling over trying to have success as the world defines it. This chapter hit home based in the personal path God has me on currently. Scene IV: Alter Ego Have you ever been embarrassed? If we are all honest we spend our lives making sure we dont get to situations were it is even basically a chance you you could be embarrassed. That was the baises for this chapter and he shares that ego is the very thing we need to over come and make it. He talks about how Humor is based from humiliation. Very Challenging when you share to embrace live and not worry about being embarrassed. Scene V: Devils Workshop This chapter was based in the area of being tempted to personally fixing areas you don't feel you measure up. In most temptations it is us picking our way over God's way. This is a great read and I would highly recommend it for anybody. The book I had also had discussion questions in the back so it made it very useful for a small group. So go and get this book you will thank me later. You can order it here: Barnes & Noble
Willow_Wood More than 1 year ago
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.
Danny_G More than 1 year ago
Having just completed this book, I must say this: READ THIS BOOK. The challenges, insights, and honest approach of this book really get to the heart of its message: what has God created you to do? Throughout the book Mr. Batterson weaves a masterful work using King David as his prime example. Batterson shows that David was created for a certain purpose and this was brought out throughout this life. It was his destiny; his soulprint. To live your soulprint brings purpose to your life. This is why I was created; why you were created. Batterson makes this point and makes it well. Thus this book is a must read by those searching, those needing refreshing, and those who may have lost their way. **I received this complimentary copy for my review**
J_Alfred_Prufrock More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson always amazes me. Frankly, this book didn't look like much from the outside. It is not very long and didn't look like it had the "heft" to really make an impression on me. Then I opened the book and started reading. I quickly remembered why I am such a fan of the author's writing. This book does several things well. It focuses on your relationship with God but also lets the reader know that God cares about your life. While this starts with a "self help feel," the author quickly puts that in the realm of idolatry but shows the desire God has for each of us to be the individual He has called us to be. One of my favorite lines (and there are many) is God won't ask you why you weren't like Billy Graham but why weren't you more like you? The very best part of Soul Print is that we see all the things that help us to be better through the story of King David. Many books spend time making statements about spirituality and then citing scripture. Mark Batterson goes well beyond that. Any book he pens is filled with stories that take us back to the reason for the book in the first place, that being the word of God. Soul Print is funny, inciteful, and relevant. Batterson does a wonderful job of using his fears and failures to show that God has made us all unique. If you are looking for a book that helps you focus on the now in order to have a brighter future, this is the book for you. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.
JMRaby More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago