wild goose chase

i was able to get my hands on an early release copy of wild goose chase with the understanding that i'd post a review of it here on my it goes...

the subtitle is "reclaim the adveture of pursuing God" - this is something that i believe our western, sterile Christianity has lost - let me explain (and maybe borrow some battersonisms) - we in the comfortable confines of our cozy sanctuaries have lost what it means to follow the adventure of following God. as batterson says, and as i often say now, "playing it safe is risky" - remember the parable of the talents...the one with one? yea, bad day at the office when the master returned!

here are some resources for those more interested

here are some notes the publisher sent...


Most of us have no idea where we’re going most of the time. Perfect.
“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….

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.” --from the introduction.

Author Bio:

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington, DC’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the city, as well as in a church-owned coffee house near Union Station. More than seventy percent of NCC’ers are single twentysomethings who live or work on Capitol Hill. Mark is the author of the best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and a widely read blogger ( He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.

finally, here are some of my favorite quotes:
  • i wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals (p.5)
  • i wonder if some of us are living such safe lives that not only are we bored, but so are our guardian angels (p.7)
  • i'm not convinced that your date of death is NOT the date carved on your tombstone. most people die long before that. (p.16)
  • when God puts a passion in your heart...that God-ordained passion becomes your responsibility (p.20)
  • there are some things you don't need to pray about (p.27)
  • when Christianity turns int a noun, it becomes a turnoff (p.29)
  • signs follow faith (p.32)
  • the passion was internalized long before it was verbalized (p.37)
  • how you start is not nearly as important as how you finish (p.53)
  • hurry kills everything from compassion to creativity (p.57)
  • one of the greatest dangers we face is learning how and forgetting why (p. 58)
  • as long as abraham was inside the tent, a man-made ceiling obscured his vision. it kept the promises of God out of sight. (p.74)
  • faith is not logical. it is not illogical either. faith is theological. (p. 79)
  • getting where God wants me to go isn't nearly as important as becoming who God wants me to be in the process. (p.137)
  • sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is hang in there (p.138)
  • ALL of chapter 7!
finally, here are the 6 cages batterson says we need to be released from :
  1. cage of responsibility
  2. cage of routine
  3. cage of assumptions
  4. cage of guilt
  5. cage of failure
  6. cage of fear
you have to read the book to understand these better - do so!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I look forward to reading this one. I really liked "In a Pit...". Now I just have to find some free time to read! Maybe next summer...