Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Book Review: Relentless Pursuit by Ken Gire
What makes Christianity different from any other religion is while other beliefs teach about how man can reach out to God, Christianity teaches that God is the One who reaches down to get us. God is the One who is pursuing us to come into fellowship with Himself by He provided a rescuer for our sins. Jesus even said in the parable of the lost sheep, "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?" (Luke 15:4).
Ken Gire in his latest book, Relentless Pursuit, talks about God pursuing outsiders. which is all who are lost. He starts off with saying that "The Bible from start to finish is a story of God's pursuit of the outsider-the foreigner, the stranger, the outcast." He talks about God sent Jesus to become a man to reach out to those who are outsiders just as Jesus Himself said, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10). Gire uses several illustrations from the Bible, other people, as well as his own life to teach his readers that God is a pursuer.
I totally agree that God is a pursuer and He did reach down to man by sending Jesus to get outsiders to draw them to God. What made this book not so much a great book is to me it seemed a little too man-centered as if man is the center of God's universe which is not true. God does reaches down to outsiders for his glory that we can display his glory among the people of the earth. It was an easy-to-read book with great stories, but not one I would give to a high recommendation.
Thanks Bethany House for letting me review this book