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Review--"Primal, A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity" by Mark Batterson
Multnomah Books----A Division of Random House
Published 2009
179 pages
Mark Batterson has a website @ Evotionial
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This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Jesus taught us in Mark 12:30 to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Jesus had quoted Deuteronomy 6:5.
Mark Batterson uses this verse as the theme of a new book he has written----"Primal."
The four divisions of the book are based from this verse: The Heart of Christianity, The Soul of Christianity, The Mind of Christianity, and The Strength of Christianity.
Mark writes that the Church needs a reformation. This is a strong statement, I have visions of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses upon the door of the Catholic Church named All Saint's Church in 1517.
Mark writes that "the reformation will not be by just one person, but many people that have not created something new, but something primal." This primal, is what is basic in Christianity.
To "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and all with of your mind and with all of your strength."
Mark states that many in the Christian Church over the years have made things difficult, "the accumulated layers of traditions and institutions have obscured what lies beneath."
"We have complicated Christianity." To me this is a profound statement and one that I heartily agree with.
I have been a Christian nearly all of my life, even before I invited Jesus into my heart and became a Christian, I went to Church and was familiar with the Church service.
What must an unbeliever think of all of the various traditions, creeds, what to do and what not to do, how to dress, and of course the assortment of denominations?
I feel that many Christians that do attend Church regularly have become weighted down, and or hidden behind the mask of the busyness of Church.
Mark teaches us in "Primal" what we need to be reminded of, and that is to most importantly love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

I fell in love with this book. It has made an impact in my life, and it has been life changing to read it.
I felt this book was personal, honest, and convicting. I felt that Mark was quick to get to the reason and focus of the book. He gives a plan and a goal for us. He uses life situations from other people that are applications for us to understand better his points.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is:
"Loving God with all your strength really means loving God with all His strength. It's not about what you can do for God. It's about what God can do in you and through you."

 Other books by Mark Batterson are:
"In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day"
"Wild Goose Chase"

Blissful Reading!