I had high expectations for this book after reading Batterson's earlier "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" book and I wasn't disappointed. Mark Batterson used various events in King David's life to again challenge me in my walk with Jesus. Soul Print encourages us to tune into the various memory moments that we have in life and recognize that each of us is uniquely created and the combination of our experiences gives us a distinct 'soul print'. Batterson encourages us to identify and accumulate lifesymbols, those events and memories which make up the story that God is writing through us.
I was introduced to a couple of new words during my reading of Soul Print, dunamis and exousia. Dunamis is doing things beyond your natural ability and exousia is the ability to not do things you have the ability to do. Jesus was the ulimate example of exousia when he choose to stay on the cross despite having the ability to call on a legion of angels and get himself out of the disaster he was in. It is one thing to 'do' the right thing and another to 'not' do the wrong thing. Batterson uses the story of David in the cave with Saul to develop the definition of integrity. David fulfills a definition of integrity by doing the right thing even when no one is watching, he could have killed Saul without anyone knowing.
I have a long way to go to be living out the principles that Batterson presents in Soul Print but I totally trust that God is intimately with me as I walk through this life of bunders and mistakes.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
Read Chapter 1: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/2010/11/19/sneak-peek-soulprint-by-mark-batterson/