Book Review – Primal

image Primal is possibly the most soul stirring book I have read this year.  Engaging Author, Mark Batterson, has written a book that causes the reader to get back to the roots of Christianity.  I must say that I am biased, because I always like to read about our Christian roots.  I enjoy books that are thought provoking and challenge the reader to think like the first century Christian.

Batterson stirs the reader to consider how God would want us to live in the 21st century.  He touches on many fronts:  our foundational salvation experience, remembering our special times of prayer and the Word, as well as a look at how we use our money for kingdom purposes. 

Primal is an easy read, meaning, it is very well written with a good flow to make it a hard to put down book.  One warning, however, if you do not want your life to be disrupted or challenged, don’t read this book. 

Some of my favorite quotes from Primal:

“Over the last two thousand years, Christianity has evolved in lots of ways.  We’ve come out of the catacombs and built majestic cathedrals with all the bells and steeples.  Theologians have given us creeds and canons.  Churches have added pews and pulpits, hymnals and organs, committees and liturgies.  And the IRS has given us 501C3 status.  And there is nothing inherently wrong with any of those things.  But none of those things is primal.  And I wonder, almost like the Roman effect of building things on top of things, if the accumulated layers of Christian traditions and institutions have unintentionally obscured what lies beneath.”

“I hope you will have gone back to the primal faith you once had.  Or more accurately, the primal faith that once had you.”

“You cannot listen to just half of what the Holy Spirit has to say.  It’s a package deal.  If you aren’t willing to listen to everything He has to say, you won’t hear anything He has to say.  If you tune out His convicting voice, you won’t hear His comforting voice or guiding voice either.”

“Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God?  If it doesn’t, you need to repent.”

“When you give your heart to Christ, Christ gives His heart to you.”

You can pick up a copy of Primal here at

You can also purchase Primal at Random House Publishers.

Summary of Primal

We have a tendency to complicate Christianity. Jesus simplified it: Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we are to live out the essence of Christianity, we must commit to being great at this Great Commandment.

In Primal, Mark Batterson explores the four elements of Great Commandment Christianity: compassion, wonder, curiosity, and power.

Along the way, he calls you to be a part of God’s reformation, starting in your own life.

As Mark writes, “Is there a place in your past where you met God and God met you? A place where your heart broke for the things that break the heart of God? Maybe it was a sermon that became more than a sermon.

Maybe it was a mission trip or retreat. Maybe it was a vow you made at an altar. In that moment, God birthed something supernatural in your spirit. You knew you’d never be the same again. My prayer is that this book would take you back to that burning bush—and reignite a primal faith.”

Primal will help you live in light of what matters most and discover what it means to love God. It will help you become great at the Great Commandment.

More about Author Mark Batterson

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.

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