Friday, August 31, 2012

Relentless Pursuit by Ken Gire

I am a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers and post reviews to my website after I've read the books that are mailed to me. This is one of the reviews.

Relentless Pursuit seemed like a long scholarly or theological essay combining lots of quotes to poetry, other books, and various authors with a few unique idea from Ken Gire all into one book. It started really strong and the first couple of chapters were about the lives of Francis Thompson (poet who wrote The Hound of Heaven), Anne Lamott (author of Bird by Bird and her memoir, Traveling Mercies), and C.S. Lewis and the way God continually pursued them and pursues us. I liked the idea that God's pursuit is a long-term pursuit where God looks at the big picture and puts events and people in place throughout our lives to lead us to where we need to be to finally surrender to Him.

After the first three chapters, I had a much harder time staying interested in the book. Ken Gire talks about his own life, which is fine, but I couldn't really relate. There was one chapter that talked about God pursuing not only us as a whole person, but also pursuing the outsider in each of us. That 99% of us may be Christian and with God, but there may be 1% of us that is not--the part of us that struggles with shame, anger, unforgiveness, etc--and that is the part of us that God continually pursues. That was an interesting thought that I liked, but then the author said that we need to have a dialog with this part of us... I didn't really understand that part of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. I liked the study questions at the end of each chapter. I liked examples of how God pursues us. However I only gave it three stars because I really struggled to finish the book and didn't gain much from the end of the book.

This book was provided to me for free from Bethany House to review. The content of the review is entirely my own.

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