Monday, February 28, 2011

Soulprint by Mark Batterson - A Summaview

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine DestinySoulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny by Mark Batterson (lead pastor of National Community Church who blogs here.)

In a world where we're seeking to overcome our past, seek meaning in our present and significance in our future, Batterson's quote "It's never too late to be who you might have been" really hits home. Discovering your divine destiny is a journey on which it is never too late to start. Like a fingerprint - a unique collections of whirls and swirls that distinguish you from others - Batterson explores the idea of a soulprint - the perspectives and experiences that set you apart. Understanding your soul print helps you understand who God has created and shaped you to be.

Using examples from the life of David to unfold the dimensions of the Soulprint, Batterson could just as easily used Joseph, Paul and Jesus to develop his theme. The outline of the book, key questions and concepts is as follows:

  • OPENING: Soulprint - What is your Soulprint? Hint: David couldn't fight Goliath like Saul. He had to fight like David. 
  • SCENE I. Holy Confidence - How does God use your perceived disadvantages, challenges or weaknesses to shape you? Hint: Your past is preparation for the the future and God can use anything if you will let Him, with the result of something other than self-confidence.
  • SCENE II: Lifesymbols - What is the role of your memory in developing your soulprint? Hint: without it, you'll learn, forget and see your faith falter. Once you discover your lifesymbols, every nic-nac in your life becomes a reminder to worship.
  • SCENE III: The Crags of the Wild Goats - Who are your becoming in the process of living out your soulprint? Hint: that's much more important than where you are going. Your integrity will never be tested in the light, but in the shadows.
  • SCENE IV: Alter Ego - What do the words humor, humiliation and humility have in common? Hint: They often result from (not in) embarrassment, and, if you haven't been embarrassed lately, maybe it's time for an "ego check".
  • SCENE V: The Devil's Workshop - What leads us to engage in sinful habits? Hint: it's often the disengagement of holy pursuits and until you face the reality of sinful habits, your soulprint will never be completely expressed.
  • CLOSING: The White Stone - Who is the only one who can answer the question "who am I?" Hint: it's the one who created you as you - with a unique soulprint waiting to be discovered and realized.
One thing I like about Batterson's approach is the emphasis on experiences and formative events as foundations for identity rather than the more systematic gifts, passions and personality approach. I'll be passing this book along to a young man I know who is seeking new insights into who he is with a goal of understanding how God is preparing him for ministry.

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Благодарю за информацию действительно увлекательно, однако меня также интересуют и новости голографии. Надо же развиваться в области голографии