Sunday, August 10, 2008

Chasing the Wildest Goose

Wild Goose Chase_cvr.qxp:Wild Goose Chase_cvr.qxpMark Batterson, the Lead Pastor at National Community Church is back with his sophomore book offering, and it's worth every minute of your time.

Wild Goose Chase is a call to action in your life and mine. Celtic Christians, he says, referred to the Holy Spirit as a wild goose, unable to be tracked or tamed. That wild unpredictability, he says, is a good reflection on what life is like when we are following God. Wild Goose Chase is a call to honest reflection on our own "stuff," the things that keep us from chasing the wild goose that is God's best purpose for our lives.

In the book Mark identifies six "cages" he says we have to escape in order to begin pursuing the life God has for us. He's also offering 10 steps to help you develop life goals that will honor the purposes God has for you. Here are a few nuggets...

"Boredom is wrong. You cannot simultaneously live by faith and be bored. Faith and boredom are antithetical."

"Your greatest responsibility is to pursue God-ordained passions."

"When God puts a passion in your heart... that God-ordained passion becomes your responsibility."

"One of the greatest acts of worship is keeping a good attitude in a bad situation. Doing a good job at a bad job honors God."

"Hurry kills everything from compassion to creativity."

"The smartest people are the people who know how much they don't know... who make the fewest assumptions."

"Vision is the cure for sin. One reason many of us get entangled in sin is that we don't have enough God ordained vision to keep us busy."

Mark Batterson is, without question, one of the formative voices of a new generation of church leaders. He has always been someone to listen to. In Wild Goose Chase, his voice makes a spectacular transition from speaking to the printed page. He is open and transparent. He is funny and his writing is engaging.

Wild Goose Chase is a book that you may well read cover to cover, in a single sitting. I did. And I'll read it again.

The book is available for pre-order all over the place now. It will ship on August 19. If you would like to read it now... drop me a line. Mark's publisher has been gracious enough to give me an extra copy that I'd like to pass on to you!

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