Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. In his latest book, Primal, Mark Batterson takes readers on a journey to a deeper discovery of understanding just what the command means. It’s a journey to the core of Christianity, and indeed, it’s Primal.
I don’t know Mark (just met him in line to get a hot dog at a conference once), but I listen to his podcasts. He writes like he speaks. As I read I hear his voice in my version of an audiobook. His words aren’t so much a theological dissertation as they are a practical account of his thoughts on each of these important areas. He combines stories, examples from science and history, and insightful commentary. I got a great new perspective on a command I’ve heard my entire life.
Consider these thoughts:
“A child dies from drinking contaminated water every twenty-one seconds. Are you okay with this? That question can be and must be asked of all suffering and every injustice. Are you okay with this?”
“The more of God’s creation I experience, the more I am convinced of this: awed silence in the presence of divine beauty is a form of worship that is often deeper and truer than sung words.”
“I’d rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas.”
“Pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you.”
The highlight for me:
The entire book is engaging, but I’m most thankful for his thoughts on loving God with our hearts.
I’m on my way home from an emotionally intense trip to Bangladesh and Nepal, two of the world’s most fascinating yet poverty stricken countries. While there are many ways we love Him with our hearts, Mark spends good time communicating God’s heart for the poor. Loving God means loving what He loves and caring like He cares. The words inspired me, and I’m thankful for their impact on all who will read them.
This is a great book. I suggest it as the first book for you in 2010. It’s relevant, challenging, inspiring, thought provoking and practical.
The message to me? Let’s love deeply, dwell in awestruck wonder, think creative God given ideas, and work really, really hard for Him.
Lastly, thank you Mark for sipping coffee at Ebenezer’s with our fall ’09 Convoy of Hope interns and now for stopping by this site on your blog tour…