Cross posted on I Respond to Jesus
Soul Print is supposed to be a book about discovering your unique identity. Mark Batterson follows major events in the life of King David to demonstrate how God works through circumstances to mold and model us into the people he wants us to be. He opens his book with a simple yet profound statement, “There has never been and never will be anyone else like you. But this isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to God who created you.”
By using major life occurances in the life of King David (the defeat over Goliath, the encounter with King Saul in the cave, his affair with Bathsheba, etc), Batterson sets out an example of how we can view situations in our own lives to allow God to work in us. He makes some assumptions about David that, while conceivable, are not necessarily Biblical, but there isn’t anything really wrong with that accept to remember while you read it that it is an assumption he makes which may or may not be correct.
As a church music director I found quite a bit of insight that can be applied to how I lead my congregation in worship in Chapter IV (Alter Ego), but that’s only because I read it through the lens of a worship leader. Batterson’s message in that chapter is for everyone – in fact, it is specifically for the lay worshiper. His insights will definitely show up in my writing over the next couple of months on worship (found at I Respond to Jesus and Grace Notes).
One of the key components of the book that will make it applicable is to take the time to work through the reflection questions at the end of the book. The contents of the book have the potential to impact and change your life if you take the time to work through the refection questions at the end of the book instead of merely reading through it.
Over all I’ll give this book 3.5 out of five stars.
One disclaimer, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but am not required to post a complimentary review in exchange for it.