Sunday, September 29, 2019

Book Review - Double Blessings


Mark Batterson believes it's possible to experience more of God's blessing - but that might look different than you would initially expect. The first wave of blessing is that which God gives you: time, treasure, talent. The double blessing, the second movement in this relationship, is our giving back to God by giving to others. In a day where divine flourishing and godly stewardship has been reduced to a hashtag; #blessed, Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.


Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase and most recently, All In. Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.


Mark Batterson is one of my favorite authors because he shares about the Word of God in a way that is easily understood and applicable to our lives. This book about blessings is a perfect example of that.

He explains what a blessing is and how we can and are blessed by God and how, when then, can turn around and bless others! This is definitely not a prosperity book but a truly Biblical teaching on what a blessing is.  He shares a lot of different stories from his own life and the lives of others to show what a blessing can look like in our every day lives.  That's one thing I really enjoy about his writing; he brings us right into his life and shows us, by example, how the concept he is teaching works.

I thought it was eye opening that he shows us that we don't always have a clear understanding of what a blessing really is. Again, he goes to the Bible to show us what a blessing really is.  I know for myself, I probably use the word blessing way too much and not in the right way.  Not that it's wrong but I now understand the full meaning of blessing.

We all want to be blessed but I loved the part of the book about blessing others. There is such joy in blessing others in small and large ways and Mark's thoughts on this were so wonderful.

This book is really good and I highly recommend it.  I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Waterbrook/Multnomah. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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