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Primal by Mark Batterson

Reading this book was an excellent way to kick off the new year!

Primal is about going back to the basics of Christianity, figuring out what is most important and focusing on that. Luckily, Jesus Himself told us what was most important: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength. It’s such a well-known quote that it’s easy to hear it and agree with it without ever really understanding it. I had always just understood it as a poetic/prosaic way of emphasizing that we’re supposed to love God with everything in us… but what if those four distinct areas were listed for a reason? Batterson explains what it might look like today to love God in with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

I was most intrigued by the idea that we love God with our mind through our God-given curiosity — not just about spiritual things, but about the world around us. That was especially encouraging to me as I’m heading back to college in a week!

Reading this book helped me realize that I’m pretty fortunate to be a part of a church that already puts a huge emphasis on loving God in many different ways. And it challenged me to love God even more!

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