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Mark Batterson who is the Pastor at National Community Church in DC and author of In A Pit With A LIon On A Snowy Day is releasing his sophomore book Wild Goose Chase this Tuesday. I’ve followed Mark’s blog for many years and I have a ton of respect for him. So I was excited to be chosen by Random House to do this book review along with many other bloggers. 

Now on to the review:

The purpose of the book is to encourage Christ-followers to stop living mundane lives and chase the adventures of God. As a pastor this is one of the most frustrating tensions I face. I want people to deeply live a life of adventure yet for most the reality is mostly mundane-yet even amongst the mundane we can find adventure and purpose if we “Chase The Goose.”

Mark takes the reader on a journey in order to help identify some key aspects (or cages) that can hold us back from living a “life of adventure.” 

 

  1. Cage of responsibility
  2. Cage of routine
  3. Cage of assumptions
  4. Cage of guilt
  5. Cage of failure
  6. Cage of fear
I think its safe to say we all struggle with at least one or two of those issues. I can see this book being very helpful in a small group setting as it causes much discussion of “REAL” issues we all face. I’m pretty certain my church will have multiple copies on our visitor tables as I know it will encourage people to love God and serve God with a deep sense of calling. 
Below are some quotes that I liked:
Instead of following the spirit, we invite the spirit to follow us.
Instead of serving God’s purposes, we want Him to serve our purposes.
…remember, ultimately it’s not about you. It’s about the One who wants to write His-story through your life. A world in desperate need can’t do without what you will bring when you become part of something that is bigger than you and more important than you: the cause of Christ in this generation. The stakes could not be higher. And like the first-century disciples, we have the opportunity to turn the world upside down.
Suffice to say I would recommend the book. If you’re a consistent reader of Mark’s blog many of these stories will be familiar and if you’re not (you should) then this book will be even that much more challenging and refreshing. 
Also if you are a fan of life goal’s I’ve attached a document that Mark created. As you read the book I think it would be valuable to set some key goals along the way.
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