Books, Ramblings, Reading Reflections

Soulprint by Mark Batterson (book review)

Mark Batterson is a pastor and author from Washington, DC whose latest book – Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny – was published this week. To get a taste of the book, Mark has published a series of excerpts from the book on his blog at evotional.com leading up to this week’s release.

Having read several of Mark’s books and followed his blog for a period of time, I expected Soulprint to be concise and well-written. And it was. I expected it to be filled with stories – the kinds of stories that make you ask “Did that seriously happen to this guy?” And it was. I expected it to be encouraging Christians to embrace their calling, identity, purpose, vocation, and destiny and live a life 100% sold out to God. And it was. I expected it to exude Mark’s incredible amount of energy and inspiration. And it did.

The heart of the book is that each of us has a unique calling, “that you were created to worship God in a way that no one else can” (2). Mark follows the story of David (of Goliath fame), recounting the ways in which David lived out his character and his calling for God’s glory. Drawing parallels from his own life, Mark encourages the reader to take steps to strive for confidence, authenticity, and humility in life in order to better understand and live into our own unique calling as a follower and worshipper of God.

If you have read any of Mark’s previous books, Soulprint will feel familiar. It is a quick read with a number of “sound bytes” in each chapter that can lead to deeper reflection on important aspects of life. The book is quick to defend itself as “no self-help book” (1), but, for me, the distinction between self-help and Christian inspiration is not always obvious, and I found this the case with Soulprint. That said, the book touches on important issues and may be a helpful read, particularly for teenagers or young adults, working through issues of identity and calling.

Note: Per the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher.

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