Wild Goose Chase

Aug 21st 2008

Have you ever been on a wild goose chase? Sometimes I feel like my weeks involve on wild goose chase after another. But as Mark Batterson writes, there is a difference between going on a wild goose chase and chasing the wild goose.

I love reading the history of Celtic Christianity. It started with an historical novel about St. Patrick and has progressed to other books about Celtic spirituality…so you may understand when I tell you that Wild Goose Chase was on the short-list of blog titles when I first started this blog. On the other hand you may not understand the connection between geese and Celtic spirituality. Mark Batterson starts his new book Wild Goose Chase with these words, “The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit that has always intrigued me. They called him ‘An Geadh-Glas’ or ‘the wild goose.'” You may think that sounds a little weird or even sacrilegious, but having grown up on a farm and watched the wild geese flying overhead, there is something in that metaphor that makes my heart sing.

Chasing the Wild Goose is all about the mysterious adventure of daily following the lead of the Spirit. Chasing the Wild Goose is all about experiencing the goose bumps that come AFTER we exercise faith and see God@work. Chasing the Wild Goose is all about finding God in the miraculous ordinary. Chasing the Wild Goose is all about living a life of spiritual adventure, even in the midst of ordinary days, and tragic moments, guilt-giving decisions and shipwreck appointments.

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. NCC is an innovative, multi-site church meeting in movie theaters and a church-owned coffee house near Union Center. He is the author of one of my sabbatical books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and writes a geat blog that I follow at www.MarkBatterson.com. So when the opportunity came to review his new book Wild Goose Chase I jumped at the chance.

It’s a great read for those who are looking to put the adventure back in their journey with God. Mark has a very conversational style, good stories. In fact a couple more resources to add to it, check out his website www.chasethegoose.com for 10 Steps to Setting Life-Goals… AND I have one free copy of Mark’s book to give away.

Respond to this post with your name and address by Monday of next week and I’ll put your name in a hat. Who knows maybe you’ll get your own goose!