I’ve been a Mark Batterson fan since his first book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, was released. I like his writing style, his depth, and his Scripture insight. I’m an even bigger fan now with his new book, Primal.
Mark is one of the great thinkers among the latest generation of pastors. Primal is a prime (pun intended) example of this. The premise of the book is stripping away all the trappings that surround much of Christianity today and getting back to its primal aspects. Mark centers this return on The Great Commandment, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38). The book is divided into sections relating to this Great Commandment.
The section on loving the Lord with “all your mind” was particularly moving for me. Mark writes that loving the Lord with all your mind includes loving the Lord with your thoughts and with your imagination. I have never considered some of the implications Mark points out in this section. I am encouraged and, in some ways, freed, by what I read pertaining to “all your mind.” This section alone pushes this book into one of my all-time favorites.
I highly recommend this book, particularly for those of you who are struggling to get back to “that place” you once had with the Lord. This book won’t take you there, but it will show you the way.