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Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God

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Most of us have no idea where we're going most of the time. Perfect.

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
Paperback, 183 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Multnomah Books
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Sunshine Rodgers
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mark Batterson DID IT AGAIN!! I have read several of Batterson's books including "Chase the Lion" and "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" ...and "Wild Goose Chase" is just as entertaining and full of wisdom! This book will have you reaching for the stars, pursuing your dreams and Chasing God in a whole new way! In this book, Batterson encourages his readers to do the unimaginable and receive the unattainable by thinking outside the box and following the Spirit's leading. I learned not to set l ...more
Jesse Dedel
Sep 08, 2008 is currently reading it
This book, which I am still reading, is the latest in a long and fine line of Spirit-inspired writings that come along once in every Generation, calling each generation out from the doldrums of spiritual lethargy and apathy and into the wild and wonderfully dangerous world of faith-fueled adventure with the One and Only, Wild and Dangerous Living God!

As I said, I am still reading it. However, going by the parts of it that I have read, I must say that it has proven to be no less than powerful and
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this look at passionately following the Holy Spirit. Some of my favorite quotes include:
But in my experience, intellectual analysis usually results in spiritual paralysis…Nothing is more unnerving or disorienting than passionately pursuing God.
Instead of following the Spirit, we invite the Spirit to follow us.
I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals.
We try to remove the danger. We try to remove the struggle. And what we end up with is a caged Christian.
we are trying our
Jeff Whittum
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very timely read for me. and worth ignoring the many other books I'm trying to read right now in order to make time for it. Looking forward to continuing my own Goose chase.
Cara Putman
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed and was challenged by the audio version of the book. Batterson does a great job challenging us to live bigger lives outside ourselves.
Camelia Sighiartau
This book has definitely challenged me! Gave me new perspectives about what living by faith means & encouraged me to get out of cages. I loved it! ...more
Brian Ming
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of Mark Batterson's books. I wouldn't say this is his best, but is always filled with insightful truths and practical examples that challenge your thinking. I found the concept of the Holy Spirit as a wild goose chase a bit weird at first. The more I was able to set the weirdness aside, I really enjoyed it.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i will never look at the 8 foot ceiling again, i will look at the sky!!!
i will chase the wild goose!!!!
Juan Chavez
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Great book on chasing God and letting God lead you in pursuit what he has in store for you. Many of us live life on defense but God wants us to play offense. To be active in our relationship with him. The books was a quick read and read more like a sermon but nevertheless I enjoyed the book. It taught me to be present and open to God's suggestions. Sometimes what we think is a bad situation is God turning you to a better situation. Success or our dreams is not a straight line. Many times it is a ...more
Eugene Uttley
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In elaborating his title metaphor, drawn from Celtic Christian origins, Batterson is quick to point out the subtle yet crucial difference between a Wild Goose chase (a pointless endeavor) and the act of chasing the Wild Goose, by which he means seeking to know the Holy Spirit. Chasing the Goose, he says, allows God to work His plan for you, and is an adventuresome undertaking that can take you to new and rewarding places. He warns the reader that the adventure may be “unnerving or disorienting” ...more
Clifton D. Healy
As a former evangelical (I belong to the Orthodox Church now), from time to time I’ll read current evangelical authors. I appreciate John Eldridge. The late Dallas Willard may not be considered “current” but is another I appreciate. I cannot say why I have read the Mark Batterson books I have read. Perhaps just the self-help tone, or the sense of odd fascination, but I have read a couple of his other books about seven years ago. In any case, I don’t want to rip this book to shreds because there ...more
Marty Solomon
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
At this point, this is my favorite Batterson book that I have read (I still have a few to go!).

To be honest, Mark has a personality that "speaks big" that doesn't always resonate with me. There is a lot of pumped up and dynamic speech. He often will overstate something without acknowledging the complexity or nuance of a concept or idea... BUT this is also why I enjoy Mark and his writing. It grabs your attention and refuses to be ignored. Love it or hate it, it is easy to read and clear what is
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I will preface by saying that I'm not a religious person and I read this book because a leader whom I admire said this book is a guiding point in his life. So I read it for 2 different reasons: To get an understanding of where this person comes from and for the qualities that he felt were essential to add to his life. While the Christian concepts were not attractive to me, I did appreciate the message of not getting stuck in life and that we have a duty to ourselves (if not to a higher power) to ...more
Todd Bergman
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spiritual life adventure guide

I read this on the recommendation of a friend. He pointed to the theme of "chasing the wild goose" as a concept developed from Celtic theology. Reading it, I found many points that were personally relevant. And challenging. This is a book for Christian spiritual seekers who desire more from life than "showing up" once a week. This requires a desire to leave comfortable places of tradition and routines in order to discover where God's power is alive and working.

Tesha  Fritz
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect catalyst for those who need to get in gear to chase their dreams. I loved the examples, the Bible verses, the inspiration and the motivation! Read the book and chase the wild goose! My favorite line from this book said, "I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals." This line has been stirring in my heart every since I heard it! Mark Batterson is an amazing encourager! Read it, then do yourself a favor and live it!
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark Batters on really says it like it is. God wants us to step up and out and not play it safe. To dream God size dreams and have the faith in God to take the leap into whatever may come. Mark's way of seeing God given dreams and our purpose in this life is amazingly eye opening. I encourage all people, Christians and those seeking to find what Christianity has to offer.
Lee Altman
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was inspiring to set aside fear and chase my God-given dreams. God ordains for us things in our lives, I know for me, fear of failure has kept me from acheiving those dreams. Batterson gives words of encouragement for people like me to focus on God and not allow fear to mark us from chasing after the Wild Goose.
Kelsey Heathscott
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The top book of 2017 for me! Mark Batterson once again challenged me beyond my current way of thinking. I am excited to take our youth group through this book in 2018! Highly recommended is an understatement!
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read from this author that once again has made a mark in my Christian life. It is worth reading just like the Wild Goose is worth chasing!
Andy Anderson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Similar to his book called Whisper but this one centers on following the Spirit as you would try chasing a wild goose.
Robin Hatcher
So very worth the read. Mark Batterson never fails to make me catch God's vision. I'm so glad I heard about this earlier book.
Hunter Newton
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10/10 would recommend
Stan Jones
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It challenged me to trust God, to believe he is bigger than my failures, to dream God sized dreams, and to act on them.
Jessica Gaines
Much needed

This was one of the books that help.make the worst year, one of the best yet. The hour at us better when you have directions
Clint Singer
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
Nicole Brockwell
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a new perspective on some things especially my view of the Holy Spirit which can be downplayed or embellished in many churches today.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
nothing groundbreaking here. Some nice ideas
Amy Webb
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Good book to encourage and persuade you into following the Spirit... but, it doesn’t go into detail at all about how to discern the Spirit.
Linda O'Dell
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Justin Demers
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great Batterson book!
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Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church in seven locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into The Capital Turnaround. This 100,000-square-foot space will include an event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace, and co-working sp ...more

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