Posts Tagged ‘Mark Batterson Book Review’

I have been working on a huge project at PDS and have been unable to blog for quite sometime. I am finally at a place where I can begin to blog again. My first goal is to blog with much more frequency. My second goal is to make sure that I give more attention to resources such as books, blogs, and parent events. I want to give you resources that do not necessarily focus on parenting as a topic but will help you become a better parent. That being said, my first blog entry is a book review. Many of you know Mark Batterson, but if not you can find his blog here. He is a great author with the ability to use simple language in a powerful way.  I thoroughly enjoyed his first two books and this one is no different. His “quest for the lost soul of Christianity” is both convicting and empowering. Here are some of the highlights for me:

  • At the heart of the problem is the simple fact that Christians are more known for what we’re against than what we’re for.
  • Four primal elements detailed by Jesus in the Great Commandment: compassion, wonder, curiosity, energy.
  • Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God?
  • It is a sad commentary that Christians are often viewed as heartless.
  • Your reactions really reveal what is in your heart.
  • Inaction is not an option because the compassion of Christ is the driving motivation of our lives.
  • Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.
  • Loving God with all of our soul means a soul full of wonder, a soul flooded with the glory of God, a soul awed by beauty and mystery, a soul that hallows God above all else.
  • A relationship with Christ doesn’t always change our circumstances, but it does change the way we see ourselves, see others, and see God.
  • Reading gives breadth to our understanding of Scripture, but meditation gives it depth.
  • One of the biggest mistakes we have made in Christendom is equating knowledge acquisition.
  • God doesn’t just want to speak to you through Scripture; He wants to speak through you.
  • Holy curiosity asks the tough questions, the honest questions, the questions everyone else is afraid to ask.
  • The quest for the lost soul of Christianity is about rediscovering our creative birthright.
  • The church ought to be the most creative place on the planet.
  • Loving God with all your strength means expending tremendous amounts of energy for kingdom causes.
  • The promptings of the Holy Spirit won’t always make sense to your logical left brain.
  • Those who follow in the footsteps of Christ ought to be the most passionate people on the planet.
  • When you descend the flight of stairs into the soul of Christianity and everything is stripped away but its primal essence, what you’re left with is the Great Commandment.
  • Simply put, we’ve got to be great at the Great Commandment.

You will be given many recommendations for books this upcoming year. I suggest you move this book to the top of your list. Make it the first book, other than the Bible, that you read this year. You can buy it here. It will take you back to the heart of Christianity. It is well worth the journey.


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