Book Review: Relentless Pursuit, God's Love of Outsiders Including The Outsider in All of Us by Ken Gire
"This book is about the heart of God and the lengths to which his heart goes to find ours, to bundle it up in his arms and to carry it home. It is written from the perspective of the lost sheep. As such, it's not a book for the ninety-nine who are safe as much as for the one who is not."
We've all at some time in our life been an outsider, a lost sheep. For whatever reason we've wandered away, or been pushed out, or pushed to the side. We are bruised, lonely, sad. We are in need of a tender Shepherd who will take us back into the fold.
There is a story that Ken Gire reflects on about a man named Francis Thompson who lived in England during the 1800's. Francis Thompson wrote a poem entitled, "The Hound of Heaven." Thompson had become addicted to opium and his life was one of despair. It was from the emotional trench of despair that a beautiful and heart-rending analogy in poem was written. Thompson's poem is a reflection of humanity's condition of the heart, and of God's pursuit of us.
Ken Gire shares from his life often. He states he has an ultra-sensitive nature. Life events affect him more than most people. Much of the book is in looking back over his life (similar to a testimony) and in coming to terms with his past.
Relentless Pursuit is organized well, easy to understand, and easy to identify with.
There are questions included at the end of each chapter. The questions are meant to help us work through the content that was taught in the proceeding chapters.
After reading this book I believe there are two strong messages.
- God does not give up in His pursuit of us. He continues working in our life, even behind the scenes, in areas that we may not even be aware of. God works in our disappointments, sadness, trials, and times of crisis. We notice the blessings in our life that are positive and attribute them to God. Yet, God is also working in our life during the dark times, those life events that seem like an abyss of sorrow.
- God's love for us is the greatest love story of all. The books theme is God's pursuit for us, yet God pursues us because he loves us. No matter that we have stumbled and fallen into a miry muddy pit, God loves us.
FTC Regulations: Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first review for The Christian Manifesto.
Published by Bethany House June 2012
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Link for the poem "The Hound of Heaven" by Francis Thompson.