Today I interview Mark Batterson on his new book, All ln. Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and Lead Pastor of National Community Church. You may be familiar with him because he was one of the 47 endorsers of God’s Favorite Place on Earth.
I caught up with Batterson to talk about his new book.
Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”
Mark Batterson: I felt like it was time for me to throw down the gauntlet: either Jesus is Lord of all or He isn’t Lord at all. There is no middle ground. It’s all or nothing. All of my books are written in a motivational tone, but this book adds some tough love. My deep concern as a pastor is that people think they are following Jesus, but in reality, they have invited Jesus to follow them. I call it the inverted gospel. And I think it’s why so many Christians don’t feel the holy rush of adrenaline that comes when you live by faith and follow Jesus wherever, whenever, whatever. I think All In will help readers figure out where they might be holding out on God without even knowing it. And my prayer is that it will give them the courage to go all in. I really don’t feel like this is a book to be read. I see it as a decision to be made.[Continue Reading…]