inREVIEW — SOULPRINT: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, by Mark Batterson

by Lee Buford on March 19, 2011

You are uniquely created by God, in His image, yet created with your own qualities and special make-up that differentiate you from everyone else in the world. So am I. We all are.

Mark Batterson’s latest book, SOULPRINT: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, unpacks that uniqueness and the “why” behind God’s creating each of us in the fashion. Referencing the life of King David, Batterson’s book aims to help readers understand the value of their own unique design and how this divine make-up is intended to be used for God’s purposes. Using the comparison to the uniqueness of a fingerprint, our soulprint is just as unique…there’s no other exactly like it.

Batterson’s writing flows well and easy to read and follow. I think he makes some great points that we all need to understand and embrace, and I agree with him that our unique identity is a responsibility to use our lives for what God has purposed them. He presents a great look at the idea of destiny, noting that:

“You have a dual destiny. One destiny is universal: to be conformed to the image of Christ. To follow Christ is to become like Him…But our other destiny is unique to each of us: to be unlike anyone who ever lived.” (pp. 12-13)

That said, there were a couple of points I disagreed with or did not think were very applicable to adding depth to the discussion, if you will. The book reads, at times, a little too much like a self-help manual, but not to the point where the message or the value therein is compromised. I would suggest that this is a great read for those newer to the Christian faith or for those struggling to find purpose or direction in life.

All in all, it’s on the list of books I’d recommend to others. As I stated earlier, Batterson presents, in a well-written and easy to read style, a subject that we all need to fully understand if we’re going ultimately honor God through our actions and lives. We are uniquely, one-of-a-kind creations, and God intended for us to use that glorify Him.

Read Chapter 1 of this book for free!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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