Monday, April 14, 2014

All In {Student Edition} by Mark Batterson & Parker Batterson

In "All In: Student Edition" by Mark Batterson and Parker Batterson, the main idea is to get students to see that if you don't hold out on God, then God won't hold out on you. Father/son duo, Mark and Parker dive deep into what it means to go "All In" for God and how nothing on this Earth belongs to you...not even You.

Perhaps the most compelling quote of the entire book was made at the beginning by Mark when he said "When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn't die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous."

This book makes many good points, but for a few different reasons it just didn't sit well with me. For one thing, this is the Student version of All In, and I have not read the original version so I cannot compare this to it, but it almost seemed like the author was trying a little too hard to get to a teen's level. In some areas, Mark makes comments like "Get off your butt" or at certain points makes crass comments about what he thinks Jesus should have done in that moment. He does go back to say that he was always wrong for thinking those things, but I just was a little uncomfortable that he would say it in the first place.

I have read one previous book by Mark Batterson, called "Draw The Circle" which I absolutely loved! Just because I disliked this book, it will not deter me from reading any of Mark Batterson's other books in the future. This book was simply not for me. For that reason, I rate it as 3 stars.

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