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Book #12: Soulprint by Mark Batterson

Welcome to week 12 of the “52 Books in 52 Weeks [1]” series!  If you haven’t seen all the books take a moment and catch up [1]!

This week for my book I read Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny [2] by Mark Batterson.

For those of you reading this is a Christian book.  It talks about God and has many references to Scripture.  I gave you that disclaimer so you can quit reading if you will be offended- which is not my intent!

Below is a video that explains exactly what the book is about:

I used this book as a supplement when I did my daily Bible reading. Now I have to give you a warning I LOVE Mark Batterson’s books. He is one of only two authors whose books I buy every time. His newer book The Circle Maker [3] is sitting on my night stand ready to be read as well.

Soulprint opens with one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis:

” The dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… it is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities… that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.” 

Trying to narrow down what I learned from this book into something readable is insane.  There is no way.  So here are a few thoughts I had while reading, just to give you an idea of whether or not it would be a good read for you.  These are lessons I learned and am trying to use in my life:

1.  God sees potential in every person.  One of the interesting things about my job is the lack of human interaction face to face and the boldness of people online.  People send me e-mails and messages with some of the most interesting things in them and it is hard to imagine they would be so bold in person.  And because they are a faceless person it is easy just to delete the e-mail and move on.  But as a fellow blogger reminded me once- every single person that visits my site represents a household that I have the chance to make a difference in.  And I believe that God has a plan for every person and sees potential in them.  I want to strive more and more to see the potential in everyone around me.

2.  When we look back at life we can see a blue print.  Occasionally I will sit back and ponder how I got where I am.  The story of how I ended up being a full time blogger is amazing.  How activities I did when I was in my teens prepared me for public speaking, being comfortable on television and radio and helped me develop my frugal attributes.  How decisions I made about not getting into debt on anything that wasn’t necessary 10 years ago mean that I can survive on the money I make now.  I believe that nothing in life happens on accident and so many things had to happen for me to be where I am now.  God had a plan.

3.  Sometimes you just have to be willing to make a fool of yourself.  I have a REALLY hard time with this.  I like looking like I have everything together.  One of the hardest things for me to do as an actress is play the part everyone laughs at.  I prefer being the villain- it’s just easier.   But the bottom line is without taking a chance you never grow. Without the risk of falling flat on my face what gain could I possibly receive?  For me personally I need to take more risks- both at work and in my non-coupon life.

Those were probably my three biggest thoughts during this series- although there is much more written in my prayer journal and on my heart.  Thanks for taking the time to read such a serious post- it’s part of my journey to be willing to make a fool of myself!