Book Review: All In by Mark Batterson

“All in” is one of my favorite phrases to define commitment. Now All In is also one of my favorite Mark Batterson books. Mark balances life saved by 100% God’s grace with the challenge to live all in with the grace and life we have received.

The key question All In answers is: Who’s following who? Are you following Jesus or are you looking for Jesus to follow you?

Weaving together Biblical stories from Noah to Judas, Ezekiel to Peter, Mark defines and describes an All In commitment in living life for you and for me. In the 12 Biblical stories that Mark uses he provides defining moments of an All In lifestyle. Even better they are presented not merely as separate chapters in a book, but tied together throughout the chapters building off the solid foundation of God at work in the lives of people.

My favorite quote from the book is when Mark writes, “Going all out for God starts with one step of faith. It’s often the longest, hardest, and scariest step. But when we make a move that is motivated by God’s glory, it moves the heart and hand of God.”

All In is a call for bold steps of faith that moves forward instead of shrinking back. Mark describes a life of living out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission with great faith. Building off the foundation of God’s grace and God’s love and God’s ownership of all, All In invites readers to live totally surrendered to God. In a culture becoming obsessed with safety and security, All In calls for sacrifice and seeking a life that makes us dangerous.

I give All In 5 out of 5 stars. Mark’s call to be All In inspired me to take that next step of faith in my life. This is a great book to study in a small group or on one’s own for those who want to step out in faith in following God. Biblical stories as well as Mark’s personal stories of faith will move you to seek an All In life.

My thanks to and Zondervan for an Advanced Readers Copy to review for free. I wasn’t required to give a positive review, just an honest one.


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