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    Love the Lord with all your heart soul mind and strength Sound familiar? This is what Jesus said was the greatest commandment Here in Primal Mark Batterson explores just what exactly does it mean to obey this command? Using his own insights and experiences along with a well read abundance of insights from others both contemporary and historical MB explores what it means to love God with all our heart compassion soul wonder mind curiosity and strength energy In short this is a brilliant book long answer to how we can apply the greatest commendment to our modern contemprary lives I like to say that there isn't a book out there except the Bible that I totally and fully agree with and that I like this better because I prefer to be stretched and challenged as I have a mental debate witht the bookWell Mark Batterson is once again coming awfully close to being the exception to that rule Pretty much everything he writes here is absolutely spot on Not only that it is written in such a beautiful and spiritually sound way that even though I am in full agreement I am still stretched and challenged to actually live out and apply what we both know to be true This book is not just the best book I read all year It is better than anything I read last year and I am certainly confident it will still be the best book I have read until the end of 2018 It is just that good


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    The church is in need of a reformation But it's not going to come through charismatic leaders or grandiose notions; it's going to start with each follower of Christ getting back to the basics of the Greatest Commandment to love God with all our heart soul mind and strength Batterson takes each of these 4 elements and fleshes out what they mean To love God with all our heart is to exhibit compassion To love God with all our soul is to exhibit wonder To love God with all our mind is to exhibit curiosity To love God with all our strength is to exhibit energy Our challenge in our brief time on earth is to turn these nouns into verbs in our livesEngaging and thought provoking Let the reformation begin with each of us And let it begin today


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    Mark Batterson makes some good points in this book Christianity would be in a better place if we all back to the basics and that's what this book is about However some of his medical information is wrong


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    SimplifyLove the Lord with ALL your heart mind soul and strength How can someone simplify that verse from the Bible? Is that not simplified completely? You would think so But maybe we are in such a fast pace world that we need to place this verse in slow mode and re read it What does it mean to love with ALL? That's what Mark Batterson does with this book Primal He explains the all in a practical and ingenious way Ingenious because Mark holds your attention throughout the whole book with this one commandment Mark gives nibbles and full meals on information that energizes the mind and stimulate the brain to see closely the values in All Sometimes we hear the sermons hear the same stories from the Bible that they start to dull our senses and stop engaging our minds to motivation Mark's book is a must read for Christians thriving to give All to Jesus for what He has giving Us


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    Another thought provoking read from Pastor Mark Betterson This is his best book yet in my opinion not because his writing style has changed but because it contains the most original thoughts that inspired paradigm shifts for me that I didn't get in his sermons Kudos to Pastor Mark for not preaching every single thing he wrote here Makes it worth the read Easy to put down for a while and come back to also


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    Great book Batterson writes in a way that gets the point across but is done in love


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    I really needed this book The way Mark describes the need of wonder to encourage my love for God was priceless


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    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review –You can find the first chapter available for preview here I were to ask you to break down Christianity into the simplest form you could to simplify the message as much as possible how would you respond?Mark Batterson’s answer to this uestion is to remind us of what many call The Great CommandmentMark 1230New International Version NIV“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”uoted from BibleGatewaycomEven Jesus himself said that there is no law greater than this and the adjoining commandment to love our neighbor All of the laws all that we are to do all that it means to truly follow Jesus to obey God hangs on this Great Commandment we are toldIn Primal A uest for the Lost Soul of Christianity Mark Batterson breaks down exactly what it means to follow God with all our heart soul mind and strength by giving each of these dimensions as he calls them of loving God their turn in his explanation He has divided his book into four parts each relating to a different dimension of the way we are to love GodPart One is the Heart of ChristianityPart Two is the Soul of ChristianityPart Three is the Mind of Christianityand Part Four is the Strength of ChristianityHe tells us though that this book is not a strict exposition of the Great Commandment It's a reimagination of the four primal elements detailed by Jesus in the Great Commandment The heart of Christianity is primal compassionThe soul of Christianity is primal wonderThe mind of Christianity is primal curiosityAnd the strength of Christianity is primal energy page 7By taking the time to really reflect on what the Great Commandment means Batterson says that “the end result will be a renewed love for God that is full of genuine compassion infinite wonder insatiable curiosity and boundless energy” page 8 And when thinking about it that way I realize that if I were asked what the spirit of Christianity is I wouldn’t have been able to have put it any better than he has Compassion wonder curiosity energy – these are all what I personally believe it comes down to and even though the book reads so easily the message is so much profound than I could possibly do justiceEach section each “spiritual love language” as he calls them is a cornerstone of my personal faith I can’t convey to you how deeply rooted my beliefs are in the ideals of compassion wonderawe curiosity and energyaction the first three especially So the attention he gives them the importance he places upon them it’s almost as though he was speaking directly to me in my own conviction and constant cultivation of each of themThe very fact that curiosity is even one of the “big four” as I’ll call them is something of great importance to me personally In an age where anti intellectualism so plagues Christianity it is always a triumph when anyone encourages even the least bit of uestioning and educating within the Christian faith His uote “There should be no disconnect between spiritual and intellectual pursuits The mind and soul are not enemies They are allies” page 103 and his speaking of critical realism was a welcome change from the usual way we see Christians condemn any sort of intellectuality so as to best support the religious status uo“The status uo is not good stewardship” he tells us on page 113 And I agreeHe continues“Let me tell you what faithfulness is not Faithfulness is not doing it the way it’s always been done Faithfulness is not holding the fort Faithfulness is not defending the status uo Faithfulness is the courage to incarnate the gospel in creative ways Faithfulness is experimenting with new ways of doing discipleship Faithfulness is playing offense for the kingdom even if some Pharisees find it offensive” pages 113 114As he brings his book to a conclusion in the final chapters in reference to the idea of strength and primal energy he seems to tie it all together by reminding us that it’s not just about feeling compassion not about how much we come to learn in our insatiable curiosity it’s about what we do with itThe uote from 134 says it well“We’ve explored what it means to love God with all our heart soul and mind But compassion wonder and curiosity aren’t enough Strength is the final frontier A heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God is where love begins But it doesn’t end there Energy completes the euation”“Christianity was never intended to be a noun” he tells us on page 135One of the greatest problems within Christianity today is that “we're not so great at the Great Commandment page 7 Through this book though Mark Batterson calls us to understand what the Great Commandment really well commands; what it means to truly understand and apply it In doing so he invites us to be a part of a reformation one that is based upon the Commandment that is so great“When you descend the flight of stairs into the soul of Christianity and everything is stripped away but its primal essence what you’re left with is the Great Commandment Just as the medieval church rediscovered justification by faith so our generation must rediscover the Great Commandment The rallying cry of the last reformation was “Sola fide” The rallying cry of the next reformation is “Amo Dei”Translation “Love God”” page 169Amo Dei they will declare Will you join him in being one of them?


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    Necessary for Spiritual Survival I read this book in tandem with Lisa Bevere's Adamant and I have to say it was the most amazing spiritual journey I have been on in a long time Why do we love God? How do we love Him? How are we changed by this relationship? This isn't just about what you know in your head the truths we've learned to parrot at the right time This book is about falling in love with the God of all Creation all over again And for some for the first time See Him See Him everywhere And love Him with all your strength with all your heart and with all your mind Make no mistake that's how He loves you


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    I was challenged by Mark’s love for learning passion for change Some of my favorite uotesChristianity that is educated but less powerful civilized but less compassionate acceptable but less authenticI wonderif the accumulated layers of Christian traditions institutions have unintentionally obscured what lies beneathChristianity has a perception problemChristians are known for what we’re against than what we’re forbefore confrontingour culture we need to be humble enough honest enough courageous enough to repent of what’s wrong with usDoes your heart break for the things that break the heart of God? Craig GroeschelIf we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility Henry Wadsworth LongfellowIt is a sad commentary and sadder irony that Christians are often viewed as heartlesswe have engaged our culture mind firstRick Warren the five global Goliaths spiritual emptiness self serving leadership extreme poverty pandemic diseases rampant illiteracyIf you are in Christ and Christ is in you you cannot be okay with suffering or injustice or starvationThe blessings of God are always a means to an end And the end is blessing others We are blessed to blessMall Effect Malls are designed to feed greed Mission Trip Effect the antidote is one trip to a third world countryI believe that God will bless National Community Church in proportion to how much we give to missions care for the poorWhat do you think brings joy to the heart of our heavenly Father singing songs or caring for the poor?What if instead of sound uality or lyrical creativity our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?Is it possible we've studied the God of logic without truly worshiping the God of wonders?loving God with all our soul means a soul full of wonder a soul flooded with the glory of God a soul awed by beauty and mystery a soul that hallows God above all elseOne of the great mistakes we’ve made in modern Christianity is approaching God deductively as an object of knowledge instead of approaching Him inductively as the cause of wonderAwed silence in the presence of divine beauty is a form of worship that is often deeper and truer than sung words“Earth's crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes the rest sit round it and pluck blackberries” Elizabeth Barrett BrowningThe way you master a text isn't by studying it The way you master a text is by submitting to it You have to let it master youThe goal of knowing the Bible isn't Bible knowledge The goal of knowing the Bible is knowing God Anything less is bibliolatryWhat is the best translation of Acts 18? It’s not with your mind It’s with your life You can read it You can meditate on it But it doesn’t translate if you don’t live it out You can’t just audit it You have to act on itIn essential things unity In nonessential things freedom In all things love Rupertus MeldeniusHave you ever noticed how many times Psalms tells us to sing a new song? That creative command is repeated no fewer than half a dozen times Evidently God gets tired of old songs He doesn’t just want you to worship Him with your memory; He wants you to worship Him with your imagination Love isn’t repetitive Love is creative“Faithfulness is playing offense for the kingdom even if some Pharisees find it offensive”We need fewer commentators and innovators We need fewer critics and creators We need fewer imitators and dreamers2 Corinthians 105 “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” the way we create culture and change culture is by taking those God ideas captive and turning them into reality via blood sweat and tearsChange of pace Change of place Change of perspectiveOne God idea has the potential to make of a difference than a thousand good ideas Take yours captive and make it obedient to Christ 2 Corinthians 105Taking out the garbage is romantic Why? Because love isn't measured by words spoken Love is measured by calories burnedWe are half hearted creatures fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea We are far too easily pleased CS Lewis“most church problems don’t come from the abundance of sin but rather the lack of vision I’m not suggesting that there aren’t sin problems or that those sin problems aren’t serious But in too many instances there isn’t enough vision to keep churches busy Our vision isn’t big enough to demand all our energies so we manufacture petty problems to keep us busy”Loving God with all your strength really means loving God with all His strength It's not about what you can do for God It's about what God can do in you and through youif God gives you a dream and the dream comes to life and God shows up in it and then the dream dies it may be that God wants to see what is important to you the dream or him That uote is from Me Myself and Bob by Phil VischerThe last reformation was a reformation of creeds The next reformation will be a reformation of deeds


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