Review – Wild Goose Chase

I first heard about Mark Batterson when I was given a copy of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day to read in a leadership meeting.  It messed me up – that book should definitely have a warning label on it.  When I heard about Wild Goose Chase I began anticipating the release.  Mark and the folks at Multnomah were kind enough to give me a copy to review on the blog. 

The book has a great flow to it and could be read in one or two sittings.  As with In a Pit…, Wild Goose Chase should definitely have a warning label on it as well.  It hits you between the eyes and encourages you to move to new places in your life – a place of great dependence on the Spirit.  An adventure that often times leads you on what seems to be a wild goose chase.  Here are some personal highlights, including the origin of the book’s title:

  • “If you would describe your relationship with God as anything less than adventurous, then maybe you think you’re following the Spirit but have actually settled for something less.”
  • “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.”
  • “I’m not convinced that your date of death is carved on your tombstone.  Most people die long before that. 
  • “When God puts a passion in your heart,…that God-ordained passion becomes your responsibility.”
  • “Your success isn’t contingent upon what’s in your hand.  Your success is contingent upon whether God extends His might hand on your behalf.”
  • “Chasing the Wild Goose is recognizing which way the wind of the Spirit is blowing and responding to it.  It requires a moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Wild Goose.  And you have to trust His promptings more than you trust your own plans.”
  • “We need people who are more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes.  People who are more afraid of lifelong regret than temporary failure.”
  • “‘Faith is being sure of what we hope for.’  But most of us are more sure of what we’re afraid of than what we hope for.”

I highly recommend the book to anyone.  Especially those who may be bored with the routine of life, anyone who’s feeling stuck, or who are asking of the Christian life, “Is this all there is?  There’s got to be more, right?”

You can purchase the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders.

**They were kind enough to give me two copies, so leave a comment and some contact information and I’ll be glad to send you a Free Copy.**

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2 Responses to “Review – Wild Goose Chase”


  1. 1 jake miller August 19, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    hmm… am i the first to comment? i’d be happy to take that extra book off your hands joey. i’ll even save you the postage… you can just bring it to lunch on thursday!

  2. 2 jen August 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    hmm… that quote about most people dying long before the date on their tombstone is pretty sad. sure makes you think about how you are using your life.


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