In his book Soul Print, Mark Batterson challenges the reader to find their destiny, their purpose for being. He explains that God created us all in His image, but He also created each of us to be different. We all have a purpose and while we are to live that out, it's more about our relationship with God than what we do. Batterson writes "Jesus didn't die just to get us off the hook. He also died to resurrect the person we were destined to be before sin distorted the image of God in us." Jesus died to set us free from all of our imperfections and insecurities.
Batterson uses illustrations from the life of King David to explain that God uses everything that happens in our lives to prepare us for His plan. David was a shepherd boy, not a soldier like his brothers. When he fought Goliath, he didn't use a sword and wear heavy armor. He fought Goliath using experience he had gained as a shepherd, fighting off predators from the sheep. That's how he won the battle against the giant. Whatever we face in life is preparation for what's to come.
I found this book to be very thought provoking and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be challenged in their walk with God. This books requires reflection on your life and how God is using you for His purposes, but also for you to think about who you are becoming in Christ. This book works well for self study as well as a small group study. There are discussion questions in the back that help guide small groups or for your own personal use. This is the first book I have read by mark Batterson, but now would like to read others he has written as well.
This probably won't be the last time you read about this book on this blog. It has given me lots to think about and I'm sure I'll share further soon!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.