Book Review: Soulprint by Mark Batterson

Title: Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny
Author: Mark Batterson
Publisher: Multnomah Books (2011)

“There has never been and never will be anyone else like you,” writes Pastor Mark Batterson in the opening of his new book, Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny. “But that isn’t a testament to you. it’s a testament to the God who created you.”

In Soulprint, Batterson wants to help readers better understand who God has uniquely made them to be. He does this by examining a few key moments in the life of David, Israel’s greatest human king. And for the most part, he says a lot of helpful things to aid this goal. For example, he writes, “The only way to discover who you are is to discover who God is because you’re made in His image.” (p. 10) This is exactly correct and something that isn’t focused on enough in teaching on identity.

He also reminds readers to not underestimate the strangest of skills or situations that cause you to develop compensatory ones (see p. 25-26). What might seem like a bizarre skill might be an effective tool for worshipping God in a specific situation. This is a very good reminder there is no aspect of who we are or what we can do that is not intended for God’s glory.

Thirdly, he reminds readers that if they really want to serve people and care about them, we’ll need to stop caring so much about what they think (p. 58). This is the key to serving with integrity.

Fourthly, he writes that “just because something looks like or feels like a God thing doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a God thing… An opportunity isn’t an opportunity if you have to compromise your integrity” (p. 60). If there’s one thing to take away from the entire book, it would be this statement. Too often we view things through an open door theology; we assume that just because an opportunity presents itself, it must be from God.

That job you’ve always wanted is available and you’ve been asked to interview for it… but you’ve got to lie to your current employer to go. You’ve just bought your dream house… but the sale of your current house isn’t going so well, so you might have to put some pressure on an interested party to close a deal.

There are moments when every person’s integrity is tested, and these are the most important tests you’ll ever take. You’ll be tempted to take the shortcut… Don’t go there. Forfeit what looks like an opportunity for the sake of your integrity. (p. 61)

A final thing I appreciated was the inclusion of discussion questions for each chapter. This is a great way to help readers actively engage with this short book, and maybe open up some opportunities for legitimate self-examination.

While there were a number of helpful things in Soulprint, I found it to be incredibly uneven. [Read more…]