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Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God Paperback – August 19, 2008
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“Mark Batterson’s Wild Goose Chase detonates anemic Christianity masquerading as the ‘real thing’ and winsomely propels us to what can be and should be if we allow God's Spirit to be all He can be in our lives. Let it stretch you to greater things!”
- Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences, speaker and author of How Great Is Our God, Indescribable, and I am not but I know I AM
“Wild Good Chase puts the advent back in adventure, and frees us all to find out how risk can be another word for faith.”
- Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, sermons.com
“Mark Batterson is down-to-earth and humble–yet constantly pushes me to grow. I follow him as a leader, admire him as an innovator, and love him as a friend. Mark has become one of the most important voices for a new generation. Anything he touches changes lives.”
- Craig Groeschel, pastor of Lifechurch.tv, author of Going All the Way
“As a leader and teacher, Mark Batterson brings imagination, energy, and insight. Mark’s genuine warmth and sincerity spill over into his communication, combining an intense love for his community with a passionate desire to see them living the life God dreams for them. I appreciate his willingness to take bold risks and go to extraordinary lengths to reach our culture with a message that is truly relevant.”
- Ed Young, senior pastor, Fellowship Church
“A thoughtful and energetic leader, Mark Batterson presses us to consider how we live out our faith in the world around us. When Mark has something to say, I am quick to listen.”
- Frank Wright, PhD, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
"Mark’s passion for God and our generation is contagious. His writing is honest and insightful. Go ahead–chase the lion!”
- Margaret Feinberg, author of The Organic God, for In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
“Mark Batterson is one of the church’s most forward thinkers. In this book, he compels us to look both behind and ahead to discover answers to the ‘whys’ in our lives. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day helps us make sense of this beautiful mess we call life.”
- Lindy Lowry, editor, Outreach magazine
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Most of us think a wild goose chase is, as Mark puts it, "a purposeless endeavor without a defined destination." Mark thinks otherwise. He notes that one of the Celtic Christian images of the Holy Spirit was An Geadh Glas, "the Wild Goose." Chasing that Wild Goose is anything but a purposeless endeavor, even though we don't know the defined destination at the outset of the chase.
Chasing the Wild Goose pulls you out of "inverted Christianity." "Instead of following the Spirit," Mark writes, "we invite the Spirit to follow us. Instead of serving God's purposes, we want Him to serve our purposes." Such a form of Christianity is sinful--displacing God from the center and putting our selves there instead--but it is also deadly boring. Mark deploys the image of a caged animal at the zoo to describe the life of inverted Christianity. The natural beauty, freedom, and power of biblical Christianity gets locked away behind safe, comfortable, and predictable bars. If we want to chase the Goose, we have to get out of our cages.
In Wild Goose Chase, Mark identifies six cages inverted Christians get locked inside: responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure, and fear. He devotes one chapter to each of the cages and uses one character from the Bible to illustrate spiritual uncaged living. Nehemiah shows us how to live a "responsibly irresponsible life," one that is infused with God's passion. Moses shows us how to break out of our spiritual routines. Abraham shows us how to overcome the antisupernatural assumptions that place limits on what God can do in our lives.Read more ›
I especially enjoyed Mark's perspective and insight on well known bible stories. Although I've read about Moses, Abraham, Jonathan, Peter, and Paul countless times, Batterson retold the old stories in a new light.
Even though Mark flawlessly kept my attention, I found myself pausing many times to pray.
Mark's language and images have a way of awakening my dormant faith and dreams. I will unquestionably revisit this book.
Since it took me awhile to work through Wild Goose Chase, not because it was long -- it wasn't, it just wasn't a great read -- I had to go back and review my highlights and notes. Batterson does have some inspiring things to say about our breaking free from the cages we lock ourselves in that prevent us from chasing the Holy Spirit. He writes of the cages of responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure, and fear. He encourages grabbing hold of vision for our marriages, our families, our careers, our lives. God has much he wants to do through us and in us. Do our goals -- if we have any -- reflect a desire to follow after the Spirit, or are they selfish, bent toward our own needs and desires? We have to be careful, those vision-oriented, goal-driven among us, because we can easily miss God's taking us off our course to get us to move on his.
"The Wild Goose chase begins when we come to terms with our greatest responsibility: pursuing the passions God has put in our heart.Read more ›
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Wild Goose Chase was filled with powerful stories & illustrations of what God can do through a person who simply makes themselves available for God's use. Read morePublished 12 days ago by C. J. Hitz
An amazing challenging book! It should be apart of every discipleship group. No Christian should leave home without reading it! Thank you Mark.Published 2 months ago by pam ohlsen
I love this book! It came into my life at a time when I took on a difficult, new job and was second-guessing myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KJ
This book really spoke to me. It is very challenging to the Christian who has gotten stuck in a rut in life.Published 5 months ago by Nicole