Wow! Wow and wow! I just finished the book Primal:A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity by Mark Batterson. I have been anxiously anticipating this book for months and was so excited when I learned I would have the opportunity to review it. I have read Batterson’s other two books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase. My husband and I both read the In a Pit book during a very low time in our lives and it truly transformed our view and attitudes toward the Church and our future in the Kingdom. I also heard Batterson speak at the Catalyst conference and I am so impressed with him as a pastor, a father and a Christ-follower.
He is so down-to-earth and in person very unimpressive in the best sense. He is not pretentious and completely approachable. He is a voracious reader and will blow you away with his scientific knowledge. I love that!!! I have followed his blog over the past two years and I have learned so much from his insights into parenting. He has shared quite a bit from his book on his blog and I have been constantly amazed at the spiritual nuggets he shares. So now that many of those are now in this book, I love that I can pass Primal on to people with all of those amazing truths.
One of the last paragraphs of the book summarizes well the mission of Primal:
This book is an invitation to be part of something that is bigger than you, more important than you, and longer lasting than you. It’s an invitation to be part of the next reformation. It’s an invitation to be part of a primal movement that traces its origins all the way back to ancient catacombs where our spiritual ancestors were martyred because they loved God more than they loved life.
Yeah, I know!! Does that motivate you or what? Batterson reminds us of the Greatest Commandment where the Lord says we are to
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all our mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
Which translates that we are to love God with compassion, wonder, curiosity and energy. He discusses what that looks like and how we each have our own natural spiritual love language but we are called to develop and utilize all of them.
I cannot say enough good about this book. I want to read it again in a few months after I have chewed on some of what I have learned. This is definitely a book that will motivate a believer, challenge some stagnant thinking and even provide a good, swift kick in the pants. If you know a believer that needs some renewal, some hope, a fire lit under them….this would be a great, great gift. I know you can purchase it at your local bookseller but you can also find it online at
and you can even buy it for someone to put on their kindle or iphone/itouch. (If you need a last minute gift and the hard copy happens to be out of stock:)
Batterson did it again and I give this book a definite 5 stars. I LOVED it!! I have included below a summary of the book and some author information as well.
This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.
Author: Mark Batterson
Be Astonished Again
We have a tendency to complicate Christianity. Jesus simplified it: Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we are to live out the essence of Christianity, we must commit to being great at this Great Commandment.
In Primal, Mark Batterson explores the four elements of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion, wonder, curiosity, and power. Along the way, he calls you to be a part of God’s reformation, starting in your own life.
As Mark writes, “Is there a place in your past where you met God and God met you? A place where your heart broke for the things that break the heart of God? Maybe it was a sermon that became more than a sermon. Maybe it was a mission trip or retreat. Maybe it was a vow you made at an altar. In that moment, God birthed something supernatural in your spirit. You knew you’d never be the same again. My prayer is that this book would take you back to that burning bush—and reignite a primal faith.”
Primal will help you live in light of what matters most and discover what it means to love God. It will help you become great at the Great Commandment.
The author of Wild Goose Chase and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. One church with nine services in five locations, NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the D.C. area. Mark has two Masters degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. He and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children. www.markbatterson.com