Book Review: “Soul Print” (Mark Batterson)
“Soul Print” by Mark Batterson is a book that encourages the reader to “discover [their] divine destiny.” Jus as every individual has a unique, one-of-a-kind finger print, they also have a soul print that is unique and one-of-a-kind. Our job as individuals is to find out what it is.
God has created everyone special with a specific purpose in mind. No one else can be you. You are the only person who can live out your life the way that God intended it to be lived.
Using the life of David and a walk through the Psalms, I and II Samuel, and I and II Kings, Mark illustrates how every decision and action on David’s part helped him discover his soul print. From killing a bear with his bear hands, to killing Goliath with a stone, to becoming the King of Israel – every moment along the way helped shape him into the mad that God intended him to be.
What I liked most about the layout of this book was that it was broken up into notonly chapters, but also little “sub-chapters” – this made it easy to bookmark where I left off in my reading.
One of my favorite portions of this book was in Scene IV, when Mark talks about how King David danced in the streets upon returning from a battle victory. Not only did he dance, but he disrobed himself in front of the people. I’ve only ever head this portion of Scripture preached in a negative context to discourage dancing. But Mark’s interpretation of it was completely different; I was humbled and challenged by it. Mark states:
“The king of Israel is down to a linen loincloth. Then His Majesty starts dancing like a little child without a care in the world. No inhibitions. Pure joy. It is like all the pain David endured while hiding out in the wilderness — all of the anger and grief and frustration — gets translated into this one cathartic dance. It is like the holy adrenaline from every victory he had won on the battlefield gets channeled into a clenched fist raised in celebration to the Lord. His gestures are awkward, but it’s an authentic awkward. No one is usre what to think. No one is sure what to do. …
… I don’t want to rain on your parade, but let me offer a warning. When you get excited about God, don’t expect everybody to get excited about your excitement. Why? Your intensity confronts their passittivity. When you completely yield yourslef to God, it convicts the unconsecrated by disrupting their spiritual status quo. Some people will be inspired bu what God is doing in your life, but others will mask their conviction with criticism. After all, it’s much easier to criticize others than it is to change ourselves.”
And then my favorite part of the chapter:
“There is a powerful subplot in this scene, and it’s one key to discovering your soulprint. The royal robes represent David’s identity and security as the king of Israel. Like a priest’s collar or an officer’s uniform or a policeman’s badge, the royal robes represent David’s authority. Royal robes double as his status symbol.
Please don’t miss or dismiss the significance of what avid does. David doesn’tfind his identity or security in his royalty. David finds his true identity and true security as a worshiper of God Almighty. Disrobing symbolizes his naked humility before God. Disrobing symbolizes his naked dependence upon God. David doesn’t find his identity and security as king. He finds his identity and security in the King of kings.
Discovering your soulprint always involves disrobing. You have to be stripped of the things you find your identity in. You have to let go of the things you find your security in. And it will feel like you are losing yourself in the process. But it is only in losing yourself that you truly find yourself.”
If you like reading about the life of David and you want to learn more about your uniqueness and the God-designed plan for your life, “Soul Print” by Mark Batterson is a book you’ll enjoy! I highly recommend it.