Monday, July 16, 2012
by Ken Gire
by Ken Gire
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.
Ken Gire (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the author of twenty-four books, including the bestselling Intimate Moments With The Savior and Windows of the Soul. He has won two ECPA Gold Medallion Awards, and two of his titles were selected as C.S. Lewis Honor Books. Ken teaches weekend seminars on writing throughout the country. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. You can reach him at his website: www.kengire.com.
(The above is from the back of the splendid book, RELENTLESS PURSUIT — God's Love Of Outsiders Including The Outsider In All Of Us.)
Ken Gire is one of my favorite authors and he has written one of my favorite books―if not my favorite, Windows of the Soul. His new book, Relentless Pursuit is outstanding. There is so much to recommend about this book that I don't know where to begin. I found myself wanting to underline a sentence in almost every paragraph and going back to read and re-read because I wanted his thoughts to sink in.
In the prologue Ken writes: "The Bible from start to finish is the story of God's pursuit of the outsider―the foreigner, the stranger, the outcast. From Adam and Eve outside the garden of Eden... to Hagar outside the camp of Abraham...to Lazarus outside the gate of the rich man. From corner prostitutes to colonized lepers to common thieves. From the down-and-out to the demon-possessed, the Bible is filled with outsiders pursued―and transformed―by God's relentless love.
Wow! I don't know about you, but this fills my heart with joy as I think about the grace of Almighty God!
YES! I give this one a YES!
(This book was given to me free for this review by BETHANY HOUSE.)