I would highly recommend Mark Batterson’s “SoulPrint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny.” I was fortunate enough to be provided a copy in a special pre-release directly from Waterbrook Multnomah Books for review purposes. You can purchase a paperback copy for under $10 at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Soulprint-Discovering-Your-Divine-Destiny/dp/1601420390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292913757&sr=8-1) or directly from the publisher at http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601420398.
My favorite chapter was titled, “Scene V: The Devil’s Workshop.” Batterson takes time to reflect upon David’s greatest failure – the affair with Bathsheba that ultimately resulted in the murder of Uriah. David’s first instinct was to cover-up the conspiracy. As the most powerful man in the nation, he might just have gotten away with it had it not been for the prophecy of Nathan. The revelation cut to his core – David knew what he had lost . . . but he had no way of getting it back. Batterson proposes, “Here is the truth the enemy doesn’t want you to discover: keeping sin secret is more spiritually taxing than geting it out in the open. We think we’d die if the truth were discovered, but the truth is, we’d actually come to life” (Batterson, 108). Enter the fifty-first Psalm. David falls on his face and chooses to do what you and I work so hard against . . . he came clean. He repented. He asked that God would forgive him for the unforgivable.
Here is what troubles me the most: how long are we Christ followers before we feel the need to hide our sins? What is so compelling about church culture that pushes us in to pretending that we are perfect? Should that be the very place where people are allowed to be themselves? Where they can belong no matter where they have been in hopes that Christ and his community can take them to exactly where they are to be? What can I do, as a leader, to ensure that the church that I am about is open and honest? That we don’t feel the need to hide? That we actually do what James says to do – confess our sins to one another? What fosters that type of transparency? What protects a church from becoming fraudulant in their faith?
The bible reads, “Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem,5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:4-5, ESV). Batterson goes on to suggest, “David wasn’t defined by his sin. And neither are you. Not if you are in Christ. You no longer defined by what you’ve done wrong. You are defined by what Christ has done right. His rightesouness is your identity. His rightesouness is your destiny. And the promise we started with is the promise you need to hang on to: it’s never too late to be who you might have been” (110-111).
Official Book Description: There never has been and never will be anyone like you. But that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you. The problem? Few people discover the God-given identity that makes them unlike anyone else. Mark Batterson calls this divine distinction our soulprint. God would like to introduce you to yourself. In “Soulprint”, Mark pours the contagious energy he’s known for into helping you experience the joy of discovering who you are and the freedom of discovering who you’re not. The wonderful fact is that your uniqueness is God’s gift to you—and it’s also your gift to God. A “self-help” book that puts God at the center rather than self, Soulprint encourages you to recognize and explore the moments of your life that determine your future. Along the way, you’ll find that you’re not just turning the pages of a book. You’re turning the pages of your remarkable, God-shaped, world-changing life.
Official Author Description: Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, D.C. NCC was recognized as one of the most innovative and influential churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008. One church with ten services in six locations, NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the D.C. area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, Ebenezers, which was recently recognized as the #1 coffeehouse in the metro D.C. area by AOL CityGuide. He is a daily blogger at http://www.markbatterson.com and the author of the bestselling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, and Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. Mark and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children.