Posted by: JennyRain | December 15, 2009

Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity

Primal is rocking my world.

There is something about getting re-connected to what raw Christianity is all about that is inspiring, challenging, and convicting.

In Primal, Mark Batterson – Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC – takes us on a journey back to the roots of our faith.

Our generation needs a reformation.
But a single person won’t lead it.
A single event won’t define it.
Our reformation will be a movement of reformers living creatively, compassionately, courageously for the cause of Christ.
This reformation will not be born of a new discovery.  It will be the rediscovery of something old, something ancient. 
Something primal.
Mark Batterson, Primal

In Primal, Batterson rips off years of tradition, Christian practices, -isms, and -ologies that have been layered upon the truth of what being a follower of Christ is all about.

Batterson invites us back to the basics of loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mk 12.29-30). Basics that many of us have let go of, forgotten, or simply buried deep within our faith traditions in favor of more “lofty” practices.

To offer it only one day on my blog would be a dis-service, so this week, in addition to a review of the book, I’ll share some of my personal a’ha’s with you as I journeyed throughout the book.

This book has not just been words on a page for me… it has become a personal journey.

In Primal, Mark asks…

“Is there a place in your past where you met God and God met you? A place where your heart broke for the things that break the heart of God? Maybe it was a sermon that became more than a sermon. Maybe it was a mission trip or retreat. Maybe it was a vow you made at an altar. In that moment, God birthed something supernatural in your spirit. You knew you’d never be the same again. My prayer is that this book would take you back to that burning bush—and reignite a primal faith.”

Primal has personally invited me back into a deep, meaningful love relationship with my Savior. It has reminded me of that place in my soul that longs to have depth, not just breadth, in my Christian experience.

Batterson goes way beyond preachin’ to meddlin’ and I am enjoying every minute so much that I just purchased In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day (Batterson’s previous book).  

We talk so much in our communities of faith about the Great Commission.  
We teach what it is.
We teach how to go about doing it.
We encourage people to get about the business of “Going.”
Yet the Great Commission is predicated upon the foundational practice of the Great Commandment in our lives – learning to love God with all of who we are for all of who He is.
Until we learn how to fully and completely love God with our lives…with every breath we breathe… every decision we make…every action we take… our faith is missing an important foundational and Primal element.
In Primal, Batterson brings us back to the basics of our faith – the Great Commandment – and teaches us to be GREAT at learning to love God.
Let Primal be the first book you read in 2010!




  1. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  2. Interesting. Check out
    Primal Spirituality: The Inner Authority website for more indepth on this.

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