(I am adding a new segment to my blog. I am reading books for free from Bethany House as long as I provide a review. Hopefully, I can muddle through and properly review a book.)
I have never read a book by Ken Gire and I realize I need to probably get out from the rock I live under because he has written some really well-known books in the Christian world. Relentless Pursuit starts from Gire’s own point of view in tackling his own insecurities of feeling like an outsider in this world. He draws you in to his life story but doesn’t get to the heart of his own pursuit until the end of the book. In between, he introduces the reader to a tapestry of literary writers like Francis Thompson, Anne Lamont and C.S. Lewis whom have written about their own experiences with being called and pursued by God. Gire then weaves in the Bible and the life of Jesus who was sent as an outsider to reach those on the outside and draw them inside to the heart of God. Perhaps the pivotal part of the book (for me) is when Gire focuses on the parable of the lost sheep and how to truly understand the heart of God is to understand how important losing one sheep is to the shepherd. Like the shepherd in the parable, God will relentlessly pursue you no matter how long it takes.
I was happy to review this book and it is encouraging to young and old in the faith. Relentless Pursuit identifies with everyone’s story. No matter how long we have walked with God we all feel like outsiders at some point in our lives. Gire writes from a humble point of view which is refreshing to read. The book is set up with questions for a discussion and study after each chapter. My only criticism is I would have liked to have seen more references to bible scriptures to help in the discussion session.
Thanks Bethany House it was a good read!