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Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,404 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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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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.
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!!!!
Eugene Uttley
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hunter Newton
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10/10 would recommend
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.
Justin Demers
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great Batterson book!
Daniel Butcher
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursing God by Mark Batterson
Mark Batterson in Wild Goose Chase attempts to guide us in chasing the Spirit of God, the Wild Goose. Batterson promises this chase is one that will be frustrating, scary but most of all an adventure that is worth it. Batterson pushes his readers to escape boring religion and replace it with an exciting journey. In order to free ourselves to chase the goose, Batterson reviews six cages that keep us from pursuing God. The ca
Liz Terek
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God by Mark Batterson Book Review

We don’t always know which direction God wants us to go in. Sometimes it may feel as if we’re spinning our wheels or departing on a Wild Goose chase. In fact, according to Mark Batterson, Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit the Wild Goose.
The Holy Spirit is mysterious. Following His leading is mysterious. Mark Batterson helps us see a little clearer. Leading from the Holy Spirit always has a purpose. It’s
Matthew Owens
Since it took me awhile to work through Wild Goose Chase, not because it was long — it wasn’t, it just wasn’t a great read — I had to go back and review my highlights and notes. Batterson does have some inspiring things to say about our breaking free from the cages we lock ourselves in that prevent us from chasing the Holy Spirit. He writes of the cages of responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure, and fear. He encourages grabbing hold of vision for our marriages, our families, our ca ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit, An Geadh-Glas, or the Wild Goose. That image was used by the Irish/British/Dutch band Iona in the song The Flight of the Wild Goose on their self-titled debut album. Wild Goose Publications is also the name of the publishing house of the Iona Community. Their story is penned in a book titled Chasing the Wild Goose. The America author Mark Batterson uses the image of the Wild Goose / Holy Spirit to teach us lessons on chasing God’s will and start ...more
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you have ever felt like you were in the middle of a wild goose chase you might be wasting your time, or you might be right in the middle of the path that the Holy Spirit has led you down. How do you know the difference...well, you have to look at the root of why you are doing what you are doing. Are you submitting to God's call in your life, and thus enabling Him to take you where He wants you? If so, then you are enjoying a wild goose chase that is the adventure God has planned for your life ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it

My full review is here:

Book 2 of my 2009 Reading List was “Wild Goose Chase” By Mark Batterson. I have met Mark in person a few times and attended one of his Church services at Union Station. He is an incredibly humble guy and has always stopped and taken plenty of time to chat with me.

He is also a monster…guy must be like six foot five inches tall.

Wild Goose Chase was somewhat similar to Batterson’s first book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.” I love
Joel Jackson
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
In "Wild Goose Chase" Mark Batterson inspires readers to dream dreams inspired by God and to escape from the cages that keep us from flying free within those dreams. He challenges readers to escape from the cages of routine, assumptions, guilt, responsibility, failure and fear in order to accomplish God's mission in the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Batterson uses many personal stories and illustrations from the lives of Christians throughout history in order to get across his poin ...more
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Mark Batterson has officially become my favorite Christian non-fiction author. I first read In A Pit With A Lion about 3 months ago and absolutely loved it, so as soon as I could I went out and bought Wild Goose Chase.

There is so much information jammed into a relatively small book that it's nearly overwhelming. I found myself often reading only a handful of pages at a time, so as not to miss anything. Then I gave up and just started highlighting things so I could come back to it time and time a
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was a fairly well-written, if formulaic, discussion of following the Holy Spirit. Batterson discusses some of the things that keep Christians from living a life of complete abandon to the Spirit, which he refers to as cages. The metaphors of chasing the Wild Goose--a Celtic symbol of the Holy Spirit--and of Christians being caged like animals in a zoo get a little confused at times. The author would have done better to stick with one or the other. The book does offer a compelling motiv ...more
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it
This is my first brush with Mr. Batterson, a pastor from the DC area and I have to say he offered up more than I was expecting.

Batterson urges his readers to surrender themselves wholly and radically to a good and amazing God. He breaks the book into 6 chapters that deal with the "cages" in our lives that prevent us from living radically for Jesus. Each chapter is pleasingly lengthy and gives a Biblical example of people who lived outside of the cage Batterson is addressing.

I enjoyed this book a
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
Pastor Mark has been an inspiration, not only through his sermons at NCC but also through his books. He encourages you to constantly ponder where your life is and what your working toward. Wild Goose Chase uses everyday examples in correlation to Bible stories demonstrating how we often times don't know where life is leading us, we have our good days and our bad days -- and this should be expected. Chasing after the Holy Spirit is about adventure, living your life in offense, and listening to Go ...more
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was really sad to see this book come to an end! When I heard Mark and Heather speak at Willow this fall, I thought they really got it. They didn't make being a Christ follower a complex mess, but they looked at discipleship and church in such a logical way. One of the reasons I loved this book was because Mark is so genuine and so real. He tells it like it is with much Biblical truth, but also in a very "that makes so much sense" way.

I hope that after reading this I will be able to get out of
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Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times be ...more
“When Christianity turns into a noun, it becomes a turnoff. Christianity was always intended to be a verb. And, more specifically, an action verb. The title of the book of Acts says it all, doesn't it? It's not the book of Ideas or Theories or Words. It's the book of Acts. If the twenty-first-century church said less and did more, maybe we would have the same kind of impact the first-century church did.” 8 likes
“I've been challenged by the action-oriented approach to Scripture proposed by Peter Marshall, former chaplain of the United States Senate. I wonder what would happen if we all agreed to read one of the Gospels until we came to a place that told us to do something, then went out to do it, and only after we had done it, began reading again? There are aspects of the Gospel that are puzzling and difficult to understand. But our problems are not centered around the things we don't understand, but rather in the things we do understand, the things we could not possibly misunderstand. Our problem is not so much that we don't know what we should do. We know perfectly well, but we don't want to do it.19” 2 likes
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