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Chasing the Goose

You may remember that I’ve been reading In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.  Absolutely loved the book, which I’ve written about a couple of times.  When I had the opportunity to get a preview release of Mark’s second book, Wild Goose Chase, I jumped on it.  Here are my thoughts… Wild Goose Chase_cvr.qxp

I’m only about half way through the book, but I already love the content.  It would make for a great 6-week sermon series.  The premise for this book is that many of us have lost the joy of chasing after the Holy Spirit, knows as An Geadh-Glas—The Wild Goose—to the Celtic people.  We have become stuck in one (or many) of the 6 cages Mark describes in the book, which keep us from chasing after the Wild Goose.

Some of the quotes that stood out to me so far:

  • Nothing is more unnerving or disorienting that passionately pursuing God.
  • We start dying when we have nothing worth living for.  And we don’t really start living until we find something worth dying for.
  • Pursuing a God-ordained passion, no matter how crazy is seems, is the most responsible thing you can do.
  • Prayer makes us spiritually fertile.
  • When Christianity turns into a noun, it becomes a turnoff.  Christianity was always intended to be a verb.
  • Hurry kills everything from compassion to creativity.
  • Good routines become bad routines if we don’t change the routine.  One of the greatest dangers we face spiritually is learning how and forgetting why.
  • We lose perspective when we lose sight of the promises of God.
  • Faith is not logical.  But it isn’t illogical either.  Faith is theological.  It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation.
  • It’s never too late to become who you might have been.

Mark also talks about a favorite topic of mine: Spiritual Memorials.  I once read an article about the importance of spiritual memorials because they remind a group of people of what God has done among them in the past.  The Jesus Paintings in the sanctuary are a great example.  I’m always looking for fun ways to bring spiritual memorials back for our youth from places, though it’s not been an easy journey.  Mark wonders about spiritual memorials in the lives of God’s people who lived in Biblical times:

I wonder if Peter ever rowed out to that spot on the Sea of Galilee where he walked on water.  Did Zacchaeus ever take his grandchildren back to climb the sycamore tree where he caught his first glimpse of Jesus?  Did Lazarus ever revisit the tomb where he was buried for four days?  Did Paul ever ride out to the mile marker on the road to Damascus where God knocked him off his high horse?  Did Abraham ever take Isaac back to Mount Moriah, where God provided a ram in the thicket?  And I wonder if Moses ever returned to the burning bush, took off his sandals, and thanked God for interrupting the forty-year routine of his life by giving him a second chance to make a difference.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy, our good friends across the street at Life Resources would be happy to order one up for you.  If you don’t live around here, stop by your favorite big box book website and you’ll be able to get a copy yourself.  It releases tomorrow, August 19.  You can also see more snippets of the book at Mark’s Blog.  Other great content, including a sample chapter of the book, is available at ChaseTheGoose.com.

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5 responses

  1. Debbie C.

    “… a great 6-week sermon series” … I see a long vacation in Pastor’s future! : – )

    Sounds like a great book. I particularly like the point that Christianity was always intended to be a verb. I’ll have to read the book.

    August 19, 2008 at 9:52 am

  2. Either that, or Pastor decides to read the book and do a series on it himself. 🙂

    August 19, 2008 at 12:15 pm

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