(My first book review. Landmark moment)
3 out of 5 Tanks
Mark Batterson’s latest, Primal, reaches quickly into Restorationist tones, asking, “Why isn’t our Christiantiy like the Christianity we read in the Bible?” Using the Great COmmandment as a paradigm, batterson outlines a hopeful return to the primal (hence the title) nature of Christiantiy, the true faith.
Primal is Batterson at his best. While not theologically dense, it does provide a challenging and inspiring call to a passionate Christianity. Laden with illustrations, he paints a contrasting pattern of what is and what can be when we tap into the essence of Christian faith. Utilizing pithy (and sometimes cliche) axioms, he keeps his message tight and simple.
While it will never rise to the heights of Celebration of Discipline or Mere Christiantity, Primal doesn’t need to. It fully accomplishes its mission, reminding us that there is always more to discovery in our faith, and that those mysteries are there for anyone who wants them.
You can find Primal here.