Thursday, July 31, 2008
Book Review: Wild Goose Chase
Wild Goose Chase
Mark Batterson (Multnomah Books, 174 pp.)
Mark Batterson stays true to his passion: to give the reader a whole new perspective on forging a relationship with God. In Wild Goose Chase, Batterson challenges believers to get away from the things that hold them back and to pursue the Holy Spirit in the chase of a lifetime. He paints a picture of a holy adventure that is so much more than what Christians sometimes settle for in terms of walking in the Spirit. In the very first chapter, he points out that the title of the book in which the Holy Spirit enters the scene, Acts, is a verb, not a noun. Christianity is a way of life, not just a box to be checked off on forms.
One of the maxims in Wild Goose Chase is “live like today is the first day and last day of your life”. It coincides with the hang-on-here-we-go approach to faith in and relationship with a living and holy God that Batterson presents. Without offering a roster of excuses, Batterson explores the limits of our humanity in stark juxtaposition with the total limitlessness of what God can do in and through a willing servant. He highlights six “cages”, or reasons why believers tend to hold back, like guilt, failure, and fear. Yet as he uses the concept of cages to emphasize the things that hold believers back, he is unceasing in his encouragement to go for it, to enjoy the journey, and to not be afraid to engage at a no-regrets level with the Creator of the universe.
Here is a link to www.chasethegoose.com. Mark has 10 Steps to Setting Life Goals – be sure to check it out yourself! It’s great material for personal OR group study. Here is a link to purchase the book.
-Reviewed by Mike McCrary, Young Life and Family Ministries pastor, Central Assembly of God, Springfield, Missouri.