Friday, December 16, 2011

Book review - Soulprint by Mark Batterson

The premise of this book is that we are all unique. Similar to your fingerprint, we all have been wired in a special way at a soul level. Many of us struggle to figure out who it is that we are meant to be, and this book is meant to be a guide on that journey.

 The core premise of this book is that you will never know who you should or could become until you understand who you are. In a telling question, Mark asks, “If you live as a stranger to yourself, how can you find intimacy with others?” In order to find out who you are, you must go back and examine your life for pivotal moments. Mark uses the life of King David to demonstrate how key moments in his life created pivotal opportunities that lead him to become the leader and man that he was.

Some of the key points that I took from this handy book are:
Don’t worry about timing – that is God’s area
Create ‘life symbols’ or ways to remember those key moments in your life
Integrity above all else
We must be transparent – cover-ups never allow us to find our true selves
Don’t cut corners
Confession is a powerful thing

The key phrase for me from Soulprint is this line towards the end of the book: “It is not the number of breaths we take that make a life worth living. It’s the number of things that take our breath away.”

A quick read, but a powerful one.

 In full disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. 

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