Mark Batterson is the lead pastor at a church in Washington DC. He is best known for one of his other books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. The heart of Primal is exploring the “primal” form of Christianity summarized in the Great Commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Batterson does an excellent job of communicating and making a call to action on all points. I found that I agreed with him on most every stance and was challenged in many areas of my own life.
As a written work, the book itself is relatively short, 170 or so pages that can be finished in a matter of hours. I’d describe it as reading four over-illustrated sermons. Each chapter was filled with numerous, albeit meaningful, illustrations used to paint a picture of each chapter. At times I felt like I was sitting in a congregation looking at my watch as the preacher reached one hour saying to myself, “Ok, I get the point.” That being said, I’d recommend that once you grasp the heart of a chapter, speed read through the rest. I’d also recommend buying it secondhand or borrowing it. I’ll loan it to anyone in the Twin Cities.
Primal is targeted to anyone who calls themselves a Christian and it will challenge your faith. Batterson’s passion for the heart of Christianity is moving and compelling. I hope to give God every part of me and keep the “primal” heart of love for Him.