Book Review – Primal

Recently I started reviewing for Waterbrook/Multnomah, in addition to my gig with Thomas Nelson. The first book I received to review is Primal, the third book by the pastor of National Community Church, Mark Batterson.

Primal is one of those books that been hyped in pastoral circles. Batterson’s previous two books – In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase – are sitting on the shelves of pretty much every pastor I know. Everyone was anticipating it.

With all that said, it does not live up to the hype. The central theme of Primal appears to be a call for some kind of new reformation in the church. That is what Mark Batterson says in the first couple of chapters, although the rest of the book seems only loosely connected to the theme.

I felt the Batterson’s prose was somewhat disjointed. He jumped from idea to idea but there was not a lot of internal flow. Personally, this reduced my ability to engage with his subject matter which I felt was worthwhile.

In short, the book does not live up to its hype or, to be honest, its potential. It could have been hyped a little less and edited much better.

In return for this review, Random House (Waterbrook/Multnomah) provided a free copy of this book. To purchase the book, you can click the image above or the link here.

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