If you can’t judge a book by its cover, can you judge an author by his hair?
unfortunately discovered that I can receive free copies of books if I will review them on the website Blogging for Books. This is a bit like an alcoholic discovering there are Free Beer Tuesdays at the local grocery store or the workaholic being offered an amazing IKEA foldout bed for her office.
A good idea. Or maybe not so much.
My first pick was Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God by Mark Batterson and here’s the review I wrote.
Just as Aslan isn’t safe, but he’s good, the Holy Spirit isn’t tame, but he’s trustworthy. Borrowing from Celtic Christians who refer to An Geadh-Glas, the wild goose, Batterson shows how we tend to cage the Holy Spirit and need to be the kind of person who resists urges. Who hasn’t found false safety in one of these cages? Responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure, or fear? But we have been called to the wild by following The Wild Goose.
You can see why I was drawn to the subject. It’s tempting to feel like I am on my own wild goose chase as my time in my current job has a clock on it. My heart longs to follow The Wild Goose, but what if it’s all in folly? And so the cage of fear calls to me, “Come sit, I’ll keep you safe.” SLAM, the door is locked. Not really safe after all.
I could go through every single cage and share how it has whispered in different ways. And I bet you can too.
This is not a book with formulas. This is no “do this, get that” kind of cheap theology.
Get it. Read it. And only then, look at Batterson’s hair. That’s all I’m saying.
Q4U: Which cage is calling to you this week? Have you ever been surprised by an author’s hair style?
Disclosure: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Second disclosure: Not sure whether to thank or curse Leigh Kramer for introducing me to Blogging for Books. I read about it on her blog and want to put at least one of you in a similar position :). You’re welcome!
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