“There never has been and never will be anyone else like you.” That’s how Mark Batterson opens the first chapter of his new offering, Soul Print. Some may read that sentence and think it is just another cliché that Christians use. But Batterson continues that our uniqueness has more to do with the God who created us than it does with us. Using the life of David as a backdrop, Batterson challenges the reader to identify what it is that makes each of us unique and how we can then use that uniqueness to worship God with our lives.
Mark Batterson draws from several of David’s experiences to help his readers see how our personalities, our life experiences, and even our failures work together to make up who we are. God uses all of those things to make us unique. Because we are unique, one-of-a kind people, no one can worship God quite the way we can. As we discover our God-given uniqueness, we can worship God in a way that no one else can.
The author uses David’s greatest triumphs – his defeat of Goliath and becoming king of Israel – and his greatest failure – his relationship with Bathsheba – to show us that God’s uses the best and worst in our life to form us to be the people He desires. As Batterson writes in one of the later chapters, “One of the ways God reveals our soul print is via the brokenness in our lives...our destiny is sometimes revealed in our own misery and failure.” David’s character was formed through how he responded to victory and defeat. Our soul print is shaped the same way.
Mark Batterson’s varied interests, including science, sports and reading, are used in the book, along with his sense of humor. Soul Print is an engaging book that will help you to seek to understand even more who God created you to be and how you can uniquely live your life for Him. Grab a copy of Soul Print and allow the life of David and the words of Batterson to help you focus on the unique person God made you to be.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. To read an excerpt of Soul Print, click here.)