Along with a number of other bloggers out there, I’ve been given the opportunity to review the new book by Mark Batterson that was released today, entitled, “Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God.”
Mark is also the author of “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day,” is the pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., has been one of my prayer partners along the way, and never ceases to encourage and inspire me to great things.
Mark has the degrees. Mark knows the theological lingo. Mark knows his history. Fortunately, he doesn’t allow any of that to hinder his ability to communicate, motivate and inspire in this book. 🙂
In “Wild Goose Chase,” Mark does what all great pastors do – using the truth of Scripture, he motivates his readers/listeners to arise from their cubical chairs of dull existence and get busy living life as God intended – in a passionate pursuit of the Giver of all Life.
From the introduction:
“Most of us have no idea where we’re going most of the time. Perfect.
“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.”
As I read the last page of the first chapter, I got “goose bumps.” I then turned the page and discovered the title of chapter two: “Goose Bumps: Coming Out of the Cage of Responsibility.” And so it went throughout the rest of the book.
So much of “Wild Goose Chase” just seemed to strike a chord with me.
Here’s an example:
“The title of the book of Acts says it all, doesn’t it? It’s not the book of Ideas or Theories or Words. It’s the book of Acts. … Some of us live as if we expect God to say, ‘Well thought, good and faithful servant!’ or ‘Well said, good and faithful servant!’ God isn’t going to say either of those things. There is only one commendation, and it is the by-product of pursuing God-ordained passions: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!”
And one more:
“I think some of us want to know the will of God more than we want to know God. And it short-circuits spiritual growth.”
I could pull out a number of standout quotes for you, but let me simply say that “Wild Goose Chase” is just a great book. It is inspirational and extremely motivational. God used it to broaden my thinking, stir my heart and get me out of the chair. I highly recommend it.
The publishers were kind enough to provide me with a pre-release copy of the book as well as one to give away here as a part of the “Blog Tour” promoting the book.
Comments on my blog have become a bit of a Ghost Town, here, lately, so I’ve decided that the first person to leave a comment on my blog requesting the book, gets the free copy.
Chase the Goose!