Just finished Primal by Mark Batterson. Easily his best book to date. I have known Mark since we lived in Baltimore and his writing has always been a challenge and an encouragement to me. This one did not disappoint.
In this book, Mark explores the great commandment. He is right on when he says,
“The great commandment is the lost soul of Christianity. If Jesus said that loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is the most important commandment, then doesn’t it logically follow that we ought to spend an inordinate amount of our time and energy trying to understand it and obey it? We can’t afford to be merely good at the Great Comandment. We’ve got to be great at the Great Commandment.”
The problem for churches and Christians in general is that we do very poorly at the great commandment. This bleeds over into every aspect of our lives. If we love God as we should, with our whole selves, it will impact everything else in our life.
What Mark does, is he breaks down the great commandment. What does it look like to love God with our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength. Too many Christians just work on 1 or 2 of these aspects and leave the other ones to the side. This leads to followers of Jesus that are missing something and ultimately, poor examples of Jesus to our culture and people “who tried Jesus but it didn’t take.”
What I appreciated most about this book is that you could hand this book to someone exploring Christianity, a brand new Christian or someone who has been following Jesus for 30 years and they would be equally impacted by it.