Thursday, August 9, 2012

"relentless pursuit" by ken gire

About the book (from the back cover): We're all outsiders sometimes. Each of us has felt lonely in a crowd, or been passed over for a job opportunity, or been squeezed out by "friends." We've all spent time on the outside looking in. But take heart—Jesus will leave the ninety-nine just for you.

Bestselling author Ken Gire weaves together stories from the Bible, history, and his own life to create a soul-lifting picture of a God who relentlessly pursues the outcast and disenfranchised—a God who became an outcast himself to bring his lost ones home. Let your eyes be opened to the one who will never fail to find you and embrace you as his child.

My take: I really enjoyed reading Relentless Pursuit. Gire does a great job of showing how important "outsiders" are to God. While I haven't often felt like an outsider in my adult life, as I child, I often felt that I didn't fit in. As I read Gire's story of his own life, I could identify with some of his feelings, and it took me back as I reflected on God's pursuit of me—and it made me think about how I can reach out to those who feel like outsiders now.

Each chapter is short enough to be read in 20-30 minutes, and discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter. I think this book would be perfect for a small group setting—in fact, I often thought of my own Bible study group as I considered the questions at the end. I'd love to know what the other girls in my group would think about this book and the ideas Gire puts forth! 4 stars.

Read an excerpt below:
Relentless Pursuit

About the author: Ken Gire (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the author of twenty-four books, four of which have sold over 100,000 copies each. He has won two ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. Ken teaches weekend seminars on writing throughout the country. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers through their book reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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