A Solid Outline

Greg Hudson

3 Stars

August 27, 2012

I recently read Primal by Mark Batterson. I was really looking forward to this. I hadn't read his book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, but it had read very positive reviews ... plus the little told stories of David's mighty men are some of my favorites.

When I begun to read Primal, I found it to be a bit of a let down. The premise is simple and refreshing ... What is the bottom line of Christianity. Batterson breaks it down into 4 parts, based on the words of Jesus ... to the love the Lord with all your, heart, soul, mind and strength. The book is divided into four sections based on these principles.

As it explores, the Heart of Christianity, the Soul of Christianity, the Mind of Christianity, and the Strength of Christianity, the book examined 4 important ways of learning: compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy.

As I read, I sometimes found it difficult to follow the logic in some of the explanations, and to see how it all fits together. At times, it seemed forced into the Primal mold, as if trying to make a easy selling tag line.

My favorite parts of the book were the ones describing the author's ministry in urban Washington, DC. I like the vision and creativity of this ministry, and think that this type of creativity will continue to further the kingdom of God.

The book also had several illustrations which were very powerful.

So while I enjoyed the ministry description and several of the illustrations, overall this book was a bit of a disappointment.

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of Primal from the publisher.