Soulprint by Mark Batterson is a deceptively simple book. The subtitle is “Discovering your divine destiny” and that intrigued me.

It’s not a book of easy answers, and I appreciate that. Instead, Batterson uses primarily the story of David as a framework for raising questions that will help you on a journey of self-discovery.

His basic premise is that each one of us is a unique creation of God, and that uniqueness gives us the responsibility to live–and worship God–in a way that no one else can. That can only be done when we discover our “true identity.”

Many times this kind of language sends red flags up for me, making me wonder if the rest of the book is going to be a sermon about what I should and shouldn’t be doing. Batterson, though, points out something I’ve found to be true the older I’ve gotten–that we spend much of our lives as strangers to ourselves.

It’s easier to be someone that everyone else wants us to be–easier and safer. But, as he suggests, in doing that, we lose ourselves.

He approaches the process as an archaeological dig, and that was an intriguing point of view. The primary tool he suggests using is the tool of story–and he uses various aspects of David’s story as a template.

We often talk about identifying people through their fingerprints; Batterson suggests that our soulprint is every bit as important (if not more so) in self-identification.

There are discussion questions at the end of the book–summaries of key points and questions. I did not find those helpful–found them too simplistic. But the rest of the text kept my attention and has encouraged me to consider starting the journey of self-discovery, especially since he suggests that it’s never too late!

This book it was provided free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.

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