This is a very thoughtful and challenging book by Ken Gire. As someone that has been in the church for a long time, I think the thrust of this book is that God is chasing us... relentlessly! Have you heard this phrase? “They are on their spiritual journey in their search for God.” To an extent, that is true, but if you look at Scripture, you see that God is the one pursuing us... wooing us... refining us through our experiences. Like the Good Shepherd, he will leave the 99 to go after the one. God loves us... no matter what.
Gire also discusses the outsider. It is the person that knows rejection and hurt from those that do not show love. He goes through some of the obvious aspects from the bible, but he also expands the idea to include those that are not accepted today. He describes his own battle with ADHD, and the challenges that go with that, even in his life today. Most importantly, he shows how we all have those areas of insecurity in us. We have those places where we don’t want others to see.... Jesus loves us even in those places.
I have found several quotable quotes that I used as Facebook statuses to make some friends think and consider. Each chapter begins with a biblical quote, and a quotation from a notable person. Each chapter ends with discussion questions. The book as a whole also draws heavily on the poem "The Hound of Heaven" written by a man that ran from God, but that God pursued like a hound.
I think this book is an excellent to shift from the modern perspective of the Gospel of us searching for God into realizing that God is pursuing us... every part of us.
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