All In - A Book Review
All In is a new book by Mark Batterson. I have not read Marks previous books, though I did glance over Wild Goose Chase. I was drawn to this book, like most books I read, by the premise. Being All In for Jesus Christ sounds like the kind of book I wanted to read.
When I first dug into the book, it seemed at times somewhat cliche. Some of his statements would make great bumper stickers. In fact, I think some of them might be. I had to set that aside though and dive into the meat of the book.
I dog-eared quite a few pages after that. One of those pages talked about the church being a verb and that we are called to charge! That resonated with me. Another page that got marked up was talking about how the prophet Elisha set fire to his plowing equipment and disposed of his oxen, going all in with God and following Elijah! That call to part with the past and make a clean break, moving forward with Jesus Christ, had me taking stock of my own commitment to God.
One story he shares had my eyes watering. I thought maybe it was just me but when I read the 2 pages to my wife, she started wiping her eyes as well.
By the end of the book, I found myself challenged to plunge deeper into my relationship with God, to not be afraid to step out despite how it looks, and to embrace the adventure of faith in Christ. Not bad.
All in is due to be published in Sept. by Zondervan and should be added to your reading list.
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