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What would your faith look like if it were stripped down to the simplest elements possible? Storyteller and pastor Batterson explores the four foundational principles of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion (heart), wonder (soul), curiosity (mind), and power (strength)---and supplies a new reformation beginning for your generation, your church, and your life! 208 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Multnomah
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601423578
ISBN-13: 9781601423573
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Our generation needs a reformation.
But a single person won’t lead it.
A single event won’t define it.
Our reformation will be a movement of reformers living creatively, compassionately, courageously for the cause of Christ.
 
This reformation will not be born of a new discovery.  It will be the rediscovery of something old, something ancient. 
 
Something primal.
 
Mark Batterson, Primal
 
What would your Christianity look like if it was stripped down to the simplest, rawest, purest faith possible? You would have more, not less. You would have the beginning of a new reformation—in your generation, your church, your own soul. You would have primal Christianity.
 
This book is an invitation to become part of a reformation movement. It is an invitation to rediscover the compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy that turned the world upside down two thousand years ago. It is an invitation to be astonished again.


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Author Bio

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


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"Mark weaves us through the Great Commandment with insights that are both winsome and wise, piquing both curiosity and conviction. He calls us to a discipleship free of the trappings of shriveled self-concern, drawing us to give ourselves, with abandon, to others as we heed Jesus’ call to love God above all. This book will fuel clarity of call and persevering strength for those who will journey in obedience to the Gospel—in its wholeness of justice, mercy, and faithfulness—for a lifetime."
GARY HAUGEN, president and CEO of International Justice Mission and author of Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More, and Just Courage
 
"Too many of us are doing life at an unsustainable pace and losing sight of our first love. In his new book, Primal, Mark Batterson invites you to rediscover the reality of Christ and His passions. This book will challenge you, push you, and stretch you. You will walk away righteously aggravated, but catapulted into action."
CRAIG GROESCHEL, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv
 
"Mark, I’m with you. It’s time for believers to be more. Let’s hear the voice of God and be that holy, passionate fire that we are called to be. It’s the primal way."
SHAUN ALEXANDER, 2005 NFL MVP, acclaimed speaker, and author of award-winning book Touch Down Alexander


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  1. Cedarville, OH
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    What an encouraging, inspirational book! Mark Batterson has a way of using his life experiences to draw analogies that enhance our understanding and gratitude for the Word of God. Highly recommend!
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    Darrell Beck
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    This book has depth while written in a style and challenges the reader to return to Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength!
  3. St. Louis, MO
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    April 30, 2012
    Mazzou
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    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are you living your Christian life to the fullest? How much do you love God? How much wonder do you have for our Creator, Lord and King? How much love do you have for those around you? How much love do you have for God, for that matter?

    In this book, Mark challenges Christians to examine their life...and to change it drastically for the glory of God!

    Although there were moments in the book which made me cringe (such as weak descriptions of God's humor, and references to God thinking His children are funny....), the book is worth the read! A refreshing point about this book is that the author writes with much knowledge. I recommend this book!

    Lastly, I enjoyed the format of this paperback book, as well as the cover design and inside printing font.

    I received this book free to review...I was encouraged to express my entire opinion.
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    4 Elements of Our Souls
    April 27, 2012
    MyMrsO
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    My first impression of this small book was surprise. I expected a large volume to review regarding "A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity" as I read Primal, the latest book by Mark Batterson.

    What would your faith look like if it were stripped down to the simplest elements possible? Storyteller and pastor Mark Batterson explores the four foundational principles of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion (heart), wonder (soul), curiosity (mind), and power (strength)---and supplies a new reformation beginning for your generation, your church, and your life!

    Mark begins his story within the catacombs of ancient Rome while he and his wife were on vacation. The following can quickly sum up what is the primal essence of Christianity:

    "As I tried to absorb the significance of where I was, I couldn't help but wonder if our generation has conveniently forgotten how inconvenient it can be to follow in the footsteps of Christ. I couldn't help but wonder if we have diluted the truths of Christianity and settled for superficialities. I couldn't help but wonder if we have accepted a form of Christianity that is more educated but less powerful, more civilized but less compassionate, more acceptable but less authentic than that which our spiritual ancestors practiced."

    The four foundational principles are easily outlined and the heart, the soul, the mind and the strength are each defined with stories and scriptures.

    One of my favorite remarks in this book is, "We don't see the world as it is; we see the world as we are. So wonder, or the lack thereof, simply reveals what is in our souls. If our souls are full of wonder, then life is wonderful. Why? Because you see with your soul. And when you see with your soul, everything becomes a reflection of the glory of God."

    If you are a Christian, I believe this book will renew your spirit to retain your soul. If you are searching and questioning then I suggest reading this book. One thing I like about Mark Batterson is his honesty and his encouragement to ask questions.

    I give this book 5 stars for reminding us of the 4 basic principles we each need.

    Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a free copy of this book to review.
  5. Age: 25-34
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    February 14, 2012
    Phronsie Howell
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    It's all about Mark 12:30. Look it up, read it in context, see that it really is what Jesus said it's all about. And that's what Mark Batterson breaks down in his book Primal. He takes readers through each aspect of loving God and tells them what it looks like and how it can be done. It's not enough to just use one "spiritual love language" (a correlation I thought was great) because people are made up of all four (heart, soul, mind, and strength). To completely worship and honor God with the whole self, all four pieces of the puzzle should fit together.

    I loved the book. I found it theologically sound and quite honestly, a breath of fresh air. Mark Batterson is pretty much saying that we need to be "sold out" for God. And it makes sense. I didn't find anything out of place, there was nothing said that wasn't un-Biblical (at least not that I saw). Oh, and since this is a big one for me, Mark Batterson used "He" and "Him" instead of "he" and "him" when talking about God or Jesus. Which I really appreciated because to me, doing otherwise isn't giving God the proper reverence He is due.

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
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