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Relentless Pursuit: God's Love of Outsiders Including the Outsider in All of Us Paperback – June 15, 2012
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From the Back Cover
The Marginalized and the Ostracized; the Sinner and the Loner; You, Me...and Jesus
We're all outsiders sometimes. Each of us has felt lonely in a crowd, or been passed over for a job opportunity, or been squeezed out by "friends." We've all spent time on the outside looking in. But take heart--Jesus will leave the ninety-nine just for you.
Bestselling author Ken Gire weaves together stories from the Bible, history, and his own life to create a soul-lifting picture of a God who relentlessly pursues the outcast and disenfranchised--a God who became an outcast himself to bring his lost ones home. Let your eyes be opened to the one who will never fail to find you and embrace you as his child.
Discussion questions are included for individual or group use.
"Drawing from past and present works--and his own vulnerable reflections--Gire reveals a new understanding as to why people from all circumstances can feel like outsiders.... Gire refuses to sugarcoat the hurt while providing a sincere, thought-provoking perspective. Relentless Pursuit also offers encouragement and hope for those who feel unaccepted or out of place in today's social norms. Whether read on your own or in a Bible study or home group, the wisdom and inspiration in these pages made this a worthwhile read." --Jean Breunle, Charisma magazine
About the Author
Ken Gire (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the author of twenty-four books, six of which have sold over 100,000 copies each. He has won two ECPA Gold Medallion Awards, and two of his titles were selected as C. S. Lewis Honor Books. Ken teaches weekend seminars on writing throughout the country. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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When I first received my preview copy of Ken Gire's Relentless Pursuit, I excitedly thumbed through it. I stumbled upon the above snippet, and with these two Gireesque-beautiful sentences I remembered why Ken is my favorite author. Through soul-stirring personal and epic story after story he helps to keep me in touch with my brokenness while reminding me that God is patiently waiting in the marrow of my pain.
If you've read one of Ken Gire's nearly 30 books in the past, you will be even more encouraged as he goes deeper into his own journey in Relentless Pursuit. If you've never read him, Relentless Pursuit is the perfect place to start. I was so moved by it, I have already preorder a copy for every Make Way Partners' board and staff member as well as an extra case for friends!
Kimberly L. Smith, author of Passport through Darkness and co-president of Make Way Partners
Relentless Pursuit is a tour de force on how God loves us and seeks us out in our sin and pain. The book begins by introducing the powerful poem The Hound of Heaven and telling the even more powerful story of the life of its author Francis Thompson , who was a homeless addict whose life personified the poem he wrote. He goes on from there to share from Scripture, from the lives of other believers, and from his own life how God's love pursues us, especially when we are most lost, desperate, and alone.
The book then goes on to invite believers into what God is doing in the world. As we seek to bring those who are on the outside looking in into the presence of a God that loves them through acts of mercy and words of grace, we partner with God in his Relentless Pursuit of his creation.
This book is a must have for me, and it is currently on sale on Amazon. It belongs beside Brennan Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel on my bookshelf. It is that good.
The book is encouraging and is filled with stories from the Bible, as well as personal experiences of the author and of historical persons. All of the stories and quotes are fairly short, so you're not going to get overwhelmed with an 80-page Biblical lesson on someone from the Old Testament. Gire's writing style is smooth and easy to read and easy to follow.
My only complaint about this book is that there are "discussion questions" at the end of each chapter. As a reader, I want to read a book, not a list of questions. I understand that the author hopes his book will be read in Bible studies, but this book isn't a Bible study. It's more of a memoir. I find it a bit presumptuous to assume that church youth groups are going to read this book as a group and need to be provided with their own questions. Personally, I'd prefer to make up my own questions, and unless a book is clearly marked as "intended for discussion," it bothers me to buy something that the author hopes will be a group endeavor, rather than something just for me.
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