I finished up reading Mark Batterson’s latest book, All In, this morning and I found it to be a fantastic read. Batterson has a very engaging and easy to follow writing style and he does a good job providing illustrations and stories that anyone can relate to and learn from. Like his previous books The Circle Maker and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, All In is a book that will inspire and challenge you to take the next step in your relationship with God.
“You are one decision away from a totally different life.” That is the tagline on the front cover of the book and a perfect teaser to the content of the book. Will you go all in and all out for the All In All? Going all in isn’t necessarily about money. Batterson uses the story of the Rich Young Ruler’s conversation with Jesus to illustrate. The young man followed the law to a tee, lived an upstanding, moral life, but Jesus wanted more. “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Jesus perceived this man’s greatest obstacle to a full life. His wealth and possessions were sitting on the throne of his heart and keeping him from going all in. What is sitting on the throne of your heart? Reputation? Family? Career? Social status? Christian service? Money? This book will take you on a journey into the depths of your heart and inspire you to give more to God, if you will allow it.
“There is nothing God cannot do in and through a person who is fully consecrated to Him. We want to do amazing things for God, but that isn’t our job. That’s God’s job. Our job is to fully surrender all that we have and all that we are to the Lord Jesus Christ. And if we do our job, God will most certainly do His.” (Mark Batterson, All In)