With emerging generations in his sights, Mark Batterson delivers a fresh and eye-opening journey of self-discovery, drawing on theology, psychology, and neurology.
- highly reccomended
Great book for helping a person to grow spiritually.
- A Grand Weaving of the Life of David
A Review of Soulprint written and narrated by Mark Batterson
Soulprint is an enjoyable voyage of Biblical self-discovery. While drawing on psychological insights, this isn't your run-of-the-mill self-help book. In fact, it isn't a self-help book at all. Batterson uses the framework of the life of David and weaves it together with his own history and biographical sketches from the lives of Christians throughout history in order to explore how believers can interpret life experiences to find meaning. While Batterson breaks little new ground, his writing integrates profound spiritual and psychological truths which will result in many "Ah-hah!" moments for most listeners. The author excels at articulating truths that, once they are stated, you feel you should have known all along. While I'm not usually a fan of authors reading their own work, Mark Batterson does good job narrating the book.
A special thanks to the folks at christianaudio Reviewers Program for the advance copy for review. See http://christianaudio.com
This is quite an interesting audio. I really liked the psychology part of it and have found it very helpful.
The author is the narrator, and whilst he is very clear and easy to understand, his delivery could be quite patronising. He sounded like he was preaching and rather than reading, which I found quite jarring. It almost felt like he was trying too hard at times.
This is definitely one of those audios that will stay with you for a long time, as there is so much to keep mulling over after listening.
One of the phrases that keeps coming back to me is ‘the events that have defined you, God can use to refine you‘.
I think this audio is for everyone and anyone, as we all have baggage that we don’t now what to do with, and I think this is a springboard for helping to deal with it in a non-threatening way.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewers Program for this copy.
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- Soulprint by Mark Batterson
This book is essentially a plea from the author that we would fundamentally get to know, and be, our true selves found in Jesus Christ. Looking at various examples in the life of King David, Mark Batterson explains how God has designed each of us uniquely, which is a place of great privilege, yet great responsibility.
Listening to the opening chapters and blurb about this book I thought for a moment that this book was going to tell me to ‘be the best I could be’ by following another self-help book, but this is not that kind of book! Batterson’s idea is that each of us has a unique ‘soulprint’ in the same way that we have a unique fingerprint, and that we will experience fullness of life when we embrace that soulprint for what it is.
David’s life gives a great biblical example of a man who God used for a unique purpose regardless of what the world thought of him. I think Batterson does a great job of explaining occasions in David’s life using contemporary examples, and he really communicates the extent to which God loves to think about and plan for us, while at the same time underlining the phenomenal responsibility which comes with that.
The book is filled with personal stories from Mark’s life which really added a good depth to it, and it made it even more special that the audiobook was narrated by him – his voice isn’t the most natural narrator but for his own book it doesn’t make much difference, he’s easy to listen to and it’s always nice to hear the author’s own work.
I can’t imagine any Christian not being impacted by this book so I’m happy to give this a blank recommendation to you if you’re a Christian, I’m sure you’d enjoy, and be encouraged and challenged by it.
I got this audiobook for free from christianaudio.com. I’m not required to give a positive review.
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“Soulprint” was a wonderful book. I enjoyed how the author wove the story of David (from the bible) throughout the entire book. David had many defining moments in his life that made him unique and formed his “soulprint”. Mark Batterson encourages each of us to recognize those moments in our own lives and realize how those moments (good and bad) have shaped us into the unique person that we are. I felt encouraged and motivated to think about the legacy that I am leaving as I strive to worship God with my life. I also enjoyed hearing the author himself read this book.