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Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Don't hesitate to get this book and reclaim the adventure of pursuing God. "

As a Christ-follower, do you worry about getting it right? Do you wonder why all the other people who sit beside you in church appear to be more spiritual than you are? And why do you, no matter what you do and what you know, have this nagging feeling that there is more to following Jesus? Me too . . . but there’s hope! Today people want something more, something that will satisfy them intellectually and spiritually. They want to learn how to live out their faith.

Mark Batterson’s Wild Goose Chase is inspired by an obscure Celtic Christian name for the Holy Spirit — An Geadh-Glas, or 'the Wild Goose.' In his newest title, Batterson leads the believer on the road to rediscover the untamed adventure of pursuing the Almighty.

He states, "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." Sadly, we who named the name of Jesus are too comfortable with the safe and familiar. The author dares us to choose the wild and unknown even though it goes against everything we may have experienced thus far on our own faith walk. Batterson tackles obstacles that prevent us from leaping into the adventure like responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure, and fear.

Mark Batterson is one of those gifted pastors who should be an author because he writes from his life experience. It is as if he is sitting face to face with you, not from an elevated perspective, (the “Hear me ‘cause I’ve got it together!” pastor turned author).

Some examples of his naturally convicting and poignant comments:

“We’re waiting on God while God is waiting on us!”

“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 is not going to say either of those things. There is one commendation and it is the by-product of pursuing God-ordained passions: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

In the review section following each chapter, Batterson gives questions to help us take a risk (or two) and step into an adventure. I’d challenge the reader to not gloss over these questions like you’ve heard it all before.

Don't hesitate to get this book and reclaim the adventure of pursuing God. And, make sure you also visit his blog at www.markbatterson.com.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.