Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God by Mark Batterson

Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God

byMark Batterson

Kobo ebook | March 31, 2009

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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.” --from the introduction

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing GodFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307457486

ISBN - 13:9780307457486


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why we DON'T chase the goose Mark Batterson has a heart for God, a fact apparent to anyone willing to delve into his written work, whether his books or his blog. Wild Goose Chase is his second non-fiction title, which Batterson describes as a sequel to his first book, In the Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day. Not having read his first title, I can assure that Wild Goose Chase stands on it’s own – complete within itself. Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit, the Gaelic phrase – “An Geadh-Glas” which translates into “The Wild Goose” in English. This clever synchronicity provides the premise for a book that revolves around the need to pursue the Holy Spirit. We are very familiar with the notion of a Wild Goose Chase in our culture, but unlike the chase we commonly associate these words with — a fruitless escapade that ultimately leads nowhere of importance — chasing the Holy Spirit is vital to the Christian life. When He is pursued much fruit will result and a sense of spiritual adventure will pervade each believer’s life. Batterson doesn’t dig into the foundations of knowing the Holy Spirit, or elaborate much on how to hear His voice. While he encourages prayer and contemplation of God’s word, the focus of Wild Goose Chase is in identifying common excuses that we use to avoid following the Spirit. Batterson identifies six ‘cages’ or areas of restraint in the lives of Christians, based mainly on his own experience as a pastor working with real people, rather than being strictly informed by scripture. To each cage — responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure and fear — Batterson devotes a chapter. In these chapters each cage is identified and explored. A Bible hero who broke free from his own cage, or who was possibly never subject to that weakness is shared with us in each chapter. From these examples, along with those from Batterson’s life, and those of friends, a vision forms of the possibilities that abound for those able to break free of the restraints the Enemy has placed around them. Probing, personal questions are included at the end of each chapter, leading readers to the places in their lives that God may be calling them to change. Wild Goose Chase is a clarion call to pursue the Holy Spirit and is written in a personal, high-energy and upbeat style. The pace is rapid, the reading smooth, preventing readers from stalling out mid-way. Batterson is driven to equip believers with the motivation to break free from whatever is holding them back from serving God whole-heartedly, from whatever is preventing them from pursuing the Goose with wild abandon. Moreover, Batterson and his church have been praying that this book will touch the lives of those who read it in a mighty way. Translation? They sincerely hope that this slender volume will serve as a spiritual kick in the pants to get an often-apathetic church moving into the world for Christ. Batterson is surprisingly gentle in his reprimand and call to action; I was expecting a much more strident and radical manifesto. That he is able to communicate passionately while avoiding personal offense speaks to his popularity as an innovative young leader in the church today. I resonate with his desire, to see a world on fire for Jesus – ironically, reading a book will not accomplish that goal, only the Holy Spirit Himself can perform that work in the hearts of those who seek Him. However, it’s quite likely that the challenge put forth in the book — to break free of the cages of restraint — will resonate with many, resulting in self-examination, the desire to deepen personal relationships with the Lord, and hopefully end with believers putting feet on their faith. Reviewed at http://quiverfullfamily.com
Date published: 2008-09-07