One of three things happens to every book I read: It gets sold on half.com, shelved with other good books on the left side of my fireplace for later referencing or gifting, or shelved with my favorite books on the right side for infinite re-reading with marker and pen in hand. Mark Batterson, you have now joined the likes of Lucado, Swindoll, Yancey and Chambers on the esteemed right side of my fireplace.
The thesis of Soul Print is in its first paragraph: “There has never been and never will be anyone else like you. But that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you. You are unlike anyone who has ever lived. But that uniqueness isn’t a virtue. It’s a responsibility. Uniqueness is God’s gift to you, and the uniqueness is your gift to God. You owe it to yourself to be yourself. But more important, you owe it to the One who designed you and destined you.”
Beginning a book with a succinct thesis sentence is no big thing, of course. But it is only the really good books that consistently stick to the thesis, the purpose, of the book. Batterson is focused and on target from start to finish. Every word, every illustration, every progression of thought ist spot on. Plus, the book is a font of quotable lines. Mark Batterson, writing is most definitely embedded your soul print.
True to his word, the book is not a self-help. It’s more a biblically based self discovery. It’s about discovering and following God’s unique plan for you. Using David as an example, Batterson gives you good reason to identify your divinely destined soul print. I like that there are no patronizing exercises or reflective questions interspersed throughout the book. It is just straightforward lessons from God’s Word and David’s personal spiritual journey.
Only a true artist can appropriately inject humor into the treatment of a serious topic. And Batterson is such an artist. From questioning whether Saul was doing a number one or a number two when David snipped off the edge of his robe to phrases like “Kings don’t disrobe and get jiggy with it,” he is engaging while teaching. Mark Batterson, The next time I’m back home, I shall visit National Community Church and I hope to meet your soul printed self.