“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something…” The opening paragraph of Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson
“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.” –Mark Batterson
Over the last few days I have had the privilege of participating in a Blog Tour of the new book, Wild Goose Chase, by Mark Batterson. My blog was chosen to receive two advanced copies; one to read and review and the other to give away to one of my lucky blog readers. Here is the review.
From the opening paragraph it is rife with practical, Biblical advice on living a life of spiritual adventure. Wild Goose Chase is an excellent read and it will entice you to stop and take inventory of your life and your walk with Jesus. It will challenge you to look at things from a different perspective: one full of adventure, not routine.
Mark Batterson has identified 6 Cages we get trapped in that keep us from living a life of spiritual adventure:
- The Cage of Responsibility: “Too many of us allow our human responsibilities to get in the way of our primary calling: pursuing the passions God has put in our heart.”
- The Cage of Routine: “Somewhere along the way, your relationship with God became more of a routine than an adventure. Listen, if you don’t disrupt the routine, you will eventually stop living and start existing.”
- The Cage of Assumptions: “Where have you made God in your image? And where does God need to remake you in His image? You have to be willing to go somewhere you’ve never been or do something you’ve never done.”
- The Cage of Guilt: “Satan wants to remind you of past mistakes over and over again. Why? So you don’t have any emotional or spiritual energy left to dream kingdom dreams.”
- The Cage of Failure: “Failure handled improperly can be devastating, but failure handled properly is the best thing that can happen to us…and sometimes our plans have to fail in order for Gods plans to succeed.”
- The Cage of Fear: ” We need people who are more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes. People who are more afraid of lifelong regrets than temporary failure. People who dare to dream the unthinkable and attempt the impossible.”
This book has both confirmed and challenged my spiritual barometer. We are all capable of getting stuck in a routine; some of us may be in one now. Whether you are or not, this book is definitely for you. If you are stuck in ritualistic Christianity, going to church because that is what you did last week, then Wild Goose Chase will encourage you to let go and follow the Wild Goose as He leads you on an adventure: the adventure he set for you from the beginning. If you feel like you aren’t in a rut then this book will give you practical advice on how to avoid a life mired in routine and how to help others break out.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading it again as soon as I can.