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Gloria’s take on life.

Primal – not just another book

Mark Batterson’s book Primal is a must read for those who have found their Christian walk a bit mundane and not what it used to be or for those who are wondering “is this all there is?”   

For those who already view life as an adventure with God, this book offers  many statements that are thought provoking and will challenge the reader to go deeper in their love for God.  It is a great refresher with wonderful insights into the right brain – left brain.  

All of us have room for growth in our spiritual journey.

The book is all about the primal (original or most important) purpose of life.  He refers to the Great Commandment as the Primal Commandment.  

What is the Primal Commandment?  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”    p.4

A line that jumped off the page in the introduction was “We can’t afford to be merely good at the Great Commandment.  We’ve got to be great at the Great Commandment.”  p.7    

It will challenge the reader to not settle but to continue to grow in their love for God. 

 Thought provoking questions are intermingled throughout the book.  Questions such as: “Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God? p.9   “Have you ever noticed the way suffering helps us become less self-absorbed? p.24    “What if we stopped force-feeding answers and learned to unleash the primal curiosity in our congregations?”  p.97  “But what would happen if we saw people through the eyes of God?”  p.163

Primal goes into depth about what it means to really love God.   It  talks about loving God with all our compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy.  

Loving God with all of our heart is having compassion.    

Loving God with all of our soul is living a life of wonder.  

Loving God with all of our mind is living a life of holy curiosity.

Loving God with all of our strength is putting our energy into things that matter for the Kingdom.  “It means blood, sweat and tears.” p. 134

Mark takes each one of these four elements and breaks them down in a very real, honest and open way.  Primal is not just another book to take up space on a bookshelf somewhere.  It is a book to be read and then read again.  It is a book meant to have an impact on the reader’s life.  I know that it has had an impact on mine. 

Make Primal the first book you read in 2010. 

To get your copy of  “Primal A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity”  by Mark Batterson go to   

til next time


December 21, 2009 - Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. sounds interesting, will have to look into getting the book

    Comment by tonya | December 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. I like the quote you shared on facebook about it being easier to act like a Christian, than to react like a Christian.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | December 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. Tonya – you can borrow my book

    Curt – yes that was a good quote.

    Comment by Gloria | December 22, 2009 | Reply

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