Ever since I first read In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, I was hooked to Batterson’s writing. His method of taking timeless Christian principles and stories and making them relevant to this generation of Jesus followers makes his writing a valuable one to my own life. Soul Print is no different. This will be the third book I have read of Batterson’s and even though “In a Pit…” still reigns as my favorite, Soul Print is a must read.
In Soul Print, Batterson takes the life of David and engulfs the reader in a personal journey of self discovery and purpose. The book is a perfect New Year’s read and the right fit for anyone wanting to find their place in this world. The first few sentences of the book set the stage for the direction of this work, “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 that created you.” This isn’t a self help book. This is a book that simply points the reader not to themselves, but to our God.
We live in the midst of a culture that praises trends and fads, when God wants us to only worship Him in our uniqueness that is found only in our Heavenly Creator. Batterson pushes the reader to see their place in the world by not running from who they were created to be, but engulfing themselves in it; as well as embracing the awkwardness that comes with the territory of living a life not for ourselves, but for God. Batterson’s perspective is simple: “Awkwardness is the catalyst for spiritual growth.” It’s time we embrace the awkwardness.
If you want to grow and be stretched to find your place in this world, then this is a must read for you personally or as a group. (The book contains group discussion questions.) Join Batterson as he takes you on a journey of a lifetime, comparing the reader with one of the greatest leaders of all time, King David.