Friday, January 28, 2011

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny has a number of qualities I appreciate in a good spiritual book. Batterson uses Scripture, but then goes beyond what exactly is written in the Bible to create an even more true-to-life scenario to consider when looking at how God sees us, how others see us, and how we see ourselves. A variety of references and comparisons from different disciplines such as art, nonfiction books, psychological theories, and the author’s own life experiences make the insights into David’s life, his God-given uniqueness, and integrity that much easier to apply to our own lives.
Clearly Batterson is well-read, has a polished writing style, and the wisdom to know that there’s always room for improvement and ways we can each become more Christ-like. A very admirable trait of this book is that the author has the courage and humility to show the ways in which he has struggled with some of the same pitfalls as David.
Instead of coming across as an expert who has it all figured out and has appeared to show the rest of us how it’s done—I believe Christ already did that—Batterson illustrates the humanity, fragility, and vulnerability of the human spirit. Through concrete examples from his own life and ministry, he shows how and why we owe to the Lord to be true to the image we’re made in—God’s image.
The discussion questions in the last chapter are great for digging deeper to discover your “soulprint.” There are many questions that would be wonderful to consider and pray about, perhaps even journal on. The proposed group activities seem like they would be ideal for intimate group discussions.
To find out more about Soulprint or to order your copy, click here. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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