book review: wild goose chase
About eight years ago I had the privilege of doing my internship with Mark Batterson. I’m a regular reader of his blog and I have been familiar with many of his articles and messages. So several weeks ago when he mentioned an opportunity to do an early review of his next book, Wild Goose Chase, I jumped at the chance.
The title of the book comes from the Celtic Christians, who referred to the Holy Spirit as “An Geadh-Glas” or “the wild goose”.
In his followup book to In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, Batterson discusses six cages that keep us from chasing God’s plan for our lives. I found each chapter to be incredibly insightful, encouraging, challenging and practical. Whereas his previous book inspired me to look at life and circumstances differently (a challenge to live dangerously), this book provided me with practical ways to step out and enter into the chase.
I’ve always been impressed with Batterson’s seemingly natural ability to communicate truths in simple memorable statements (my highlighter got an extra workout on this one). Here’s just a few I found after flipping back through the book:
- “Discovering something worth dying for makes life worth living.
- “One of the great mistakes we make is asking God to do for us what God wants us to do for Him.”
- “And God seems to be far less concerned with where I’m going than with who I’m becoming.”
As a youth pastor, I can’t help but read this book with students in mind. I think it’s perfect for Juniors and Seniors in high school who are in the process of discovering who they are and where they are going in life. The fact that the book is so accessible and relevant only makes it that much more easy to recommend.
On page 13, Batterson writes that he hopes this book serves “as a divine appointment waiting to happen.” I think what I appreciate the most about this book is that it has been just that for me. I’ve been challenged to step out of my areas of routine and live a life of faith in pursuit of the “wild goose.”
Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book. You can order now at amazon.com (release date is Tuesday, August 19).