Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Monday, July 4, 2011


Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity is amazing! It is a book of Spiritual Disciplines for our generation. I’m not sure the author would appreciate that description, but hear me out. In college, my Spiritual Discipline class and the book we used were foundational in my spiritual quest. Too often, those engaging in spiritual disciplines are (or they become) doing so for the sake of checking them off a list (either a to do list or a list of “if I do these then I’ll be spiritual”). Primal gets down to the core of disciplines – to Love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Author, Mark Batterson thoroughly outlines what that looks like by explaining, describing, and enticing us to rediscover compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy.

I love how he challenges us to rethink what loving God looks like and how he persuades us to live out our Christian life in today’s culture. Two of my favorite chapters are on wonder – the miracles around us and the wonder of Scripture. It was a perfect complement to another book I’m reading on being thankful. Primal contains a discussion guide and would make a wonderful book for a small group study. It is a must read for those wanting to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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