Soulprint, by Mark Batterson, is a guide to “discovering your divine destiny.” Before reading the book, I was skeptical. Many self-help books exist to help you find your purpose in life; few say anything helpful, and some are even harmful. However, I was impressed by the Bible-driven process Batterson explains in this book.
The author asserts that God created each of us uniquely, for a unique purpose, but along the way we give up our uniqueness because we want to fit in or satisfy the expectations of others. Batterson reminds the reader that your true destiny can only be found through a relationship with God, writing, “And if you try to find yourself outside of a relationship with your Designer, it will lead to a case of mistaken identity.” Batterson walks the reader through five crucial points in King David’s life and explains how we can find in our own lives moments like those in David’s life to discover our unique soulprint. He also writes, “God’s primary concern is who you’re becoming,” reminding the reader that the goal is to become like Christ, and that anything else is not part of the destiny God has designed for you.
The book is an entertaining read, containing stories from Batterson’s life, historical commentary, and relevant scriptures. Discussion questions can be found at the end of the book. My husband and I talked over these and found many of them helpful in applying the principles from the book to our own lives. Batterson often uses sentimental cliches in his writing, such as, “It’s not the number of breaths we take that makes life worth living. It’s the number of things that take our breath away.” These maxims aren’t something I appreciate in writing, but Batterson seems to use them only with a reason, and they may resonate with others more than they resonate with me. Batterson also takes some liberties and imagines what King David may have thought or felt at certain moments. I don’t appreciate speculation about the Bible, because I feel that it is a breeding ground for false doctrine. However, nothing Batterson imagined seemed to contradict scripture. Click here to start reading Chapter 1.
As a person who has made many life decisions based on the expectations of other Christians, I found this book freeing, encouraging, and trustworthy. I highly recommend Soulprint for believers who want to align who they are and where they are going with the good and perfect plan God has in mind.
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but I bought the extra copy for you because I liked it so much.