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Pursued: God's Divine Obsession with You [NOOK Book]

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Christian faith isn't blind obedience to a set of rules and regulations; it is entering into a relationship with a God who pursues us-not to punish, but to love. As the leader of Central Christian Church in the self-proclaimed "Sin City, U.S.A.," Jud Wilhite has seen it all, and he knows that no matter how far someone has strayed from God, God always remains in passionate pursuit. Using the biblical prophet Hosea's marriage, commanded by God, to an unfaithful prostitute as a metaphor for God's unwavering love, ...
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Overview

Christian faith isn't blind obedience to a set of rules and regulations; it is entering into a relationship with a God who pursues us-not to punish, but to love. As the leader of Central Christian Church in the self-proclaimed "Sin City, U.S.A.," Jud Wilhite has seen it all, and he knows that no matter how far someone has strayed from God, God always remains in passionate pursuit. Using the biblical prophet Hosea's marriage, commanded by God, to an unfaithful prostitute as a metaphor for God's unwavering love, PURSUED compellingly illustrates God's plan for every person-to be freed to become his or her own unique self through intimate togetherness with the living, loving God.
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"If you've ever read Francine River's book, Redeeming Love you must get this book! Jud's PURSUED message brings the story of Hosea and Gomer to life in a way that resonated deep within my heart. As a woman who longs to be accepted despite my faults and short-comings, this page-turning book was a pure gift of grace and truth. It reads as well as your favorite fiction book but leaves behind life-changing lessons of what it means to be personally loved and adored by God."—Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of Made to Crave

"I just finished reading PURSUED. It changed my life! This book helped me understand that God's correction is for my protection. This book showed me how much God adores us! I really needed this book in this season of my life. Thanks, Jud Wilhite!"—Rev. Run, author of Words of Wisdom, founding member of Run-D.M.C, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"My good friend Jud Wilhite has done it again! PURSUED is a fantastic book about God's relentless pursuit of our prodigal race."—Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Ministries, author of The Grace of God

"PURSUED is filled with real-life stories of God-pursued people from Israel to Las Vegas. It will show you God's heart in a way that will change yours."—John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, author of Who is This Man?

"This is hands down the most important book you'll read this year. Jud brilliantly helps all of us understand the simple truth that there is a God who is pursuing us with a scandalous love. Whether you're starting a journey with God or you've been a Christ follower for decades this book can change the way you view God and what he's doing in your life. I'll pick this book up again and again."—Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, author of Plan B and Empty Promises

"PURSUED is an incredible book that clearly moves the focus from our pursuit of God to God's pursuit of us. Jud sheds light on an often-overlooked part of the Bible and reveals depths of God's grace that will breathe new life and energy into you!"—Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign, author of Undaunted

"Does it seem odd to talk about God's obsession with you? It won't after reading PURSUED; it may actually seem like an understatement. This remarkable book will challenge how you see God and faith and help you experience God at deeper levels of your life."—Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, author of The Circle Maker

"You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. This heartbeat of God echoes through eternity. Jud Wilhite combines both beautiful language and compelling stories to remind us of this timeless truth. Wherever you are. Whoever you are. Pick up this book. Read it. You won't be the same."—Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck and Scouting the Divine

"All too often I hear people say, 'My life was falling apart and then I FOUND GOD!' This statement always causes me to scratch my head because I was never aware that God was actually the one lost...I was...and He found me! I love this fresh perspective offered to us by Jud in this new book, it's not that we are obsessed with God and are pursuing Him, but rather that He loves us and wants nothing more than to have a active, vibrant and ongoing relationship with us. You have got to read this book!"—Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church, author of Unleash!

"Jud Wilhite serves God with a passion to reach broken people for Christ. Through his rich experience as a Pastor he has written this book to help all of us discover just how much we are PURSUED by our gracious God. Let go of the things that are holding you hostage and embrace a new level of freedom in Christ."—Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church, author of Sun Stand Still

"PURSUED is such a powerful reminder of the greatness of God's love and the persistence of His will for us. This book will open your eyes and renew your faith. For anyone who needs a reminder of the grace of God and the potential of their future, I would highly recommend PURSUED."—Matthew Barnett, Co-founder of The Dream Center, author of The Cause Within You

"If you've ever felt like you're too far gone for the love of God, PURSUED is for you. Jud Wilhite masterfully combines biblical truths with real life examples to reveal the never-ending, loving pursuit of God."—Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv Author of Soul Detox, Clean Living in a Contaminated World

Lysa TerKeurst
"If you've ever read Francine River's book, Redeeming Love you must get this book! Jud's PURSUED message brings the story of Hosea and Gomer to life in a way that resonated deep within my heart. As a woman who longs to be accepted despite my faults and short-comings, this page-turning book was a pure gift of grace and truth. It reads as well as your favorite fiction book but leaves behind life-changing lessons of what it means to be personally loved and adored by God."
Reverend - Run
"I just finished reading PURSUED. It changed my life! This book helped me understand that God's correction is for my protection. This book showed me how much God adores us! I really needed this book in this season of my life. Thanks, Jud Wilhite!"
Andy Stanley
"My good friend Jud Wilhite has done it again! PURSUED is a fantastic book about God's relentless pursuit of our prodigal race."
John Ortberg
"PURSUED is filled with real-life stories of God-pursued people from Israel to Las Vegas. It will show you God's heart in a way that will change yours."
Pete Wilson
"This is hands down the most important book you'll read this year. Jud brilliantly helps all of us understand the simple truth that there is a God who is pursuing us with a scandalous love. Whether you're starting a journey with God or you've been a Christ follower for decades this book can change the way you view God and what he's doing in your life. I'll pick this book up again and again."
Christine Caine
"PURSUED is an incredible book that clearly moves the focus from our pursuit of God to God's pursuit of us. Jud sheds light on an often-overlooked part of the Bible and reveals depths of God's grace that will breathe new life and energy into you!"
Mark Batterson
"Does it seem odd to talk about God's obsession with you? It won't after reading PURSUED; it may actually seem like an understatement. This remarkable book will challenge how you see God and faith and help you experience God at deeper levels of your life."
Margaret Feinberg
"You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. This heartbeat of God echoes through eternity. Jud Wilhite combines both beautiful language and compelling stories to remind us of this timeless truth. Wherever you are. Whoever you are. Pick up this book. Read it. You won't be the same."
Perry Noble
"All too often I hear people say, 'My life was falling apart and then I FOUND GOD!' This statement always causes me to scratch my head because I was never aware that God was actually the one lost...I was...and He found me! I love this fresh perspective offered to us by Jud in this new book, it's not that we are obsessed with God and are pursuing Him, but rather that He loves us and wants nothing more than to have a active, vibrant and ongoing relationship with us. You have got to read this book!"
Steven Furtick
"Jud Wilhite serves God with a passion to reach broken people for Christ. Through his rich experience as a Pastor he has written this book to help all of us discover just how much we are PURSUED by our gracious God. Let go of the things that are holding you hostage and embrace a new level of freedom in Christ."
Matthew Barnett
"PURSUED is such a powerful reminder of the greatness of God's love and the persistence of His will for us. This book will open your eyes and renew your faith. For anyone who needs a reminder of the grace of God and the potential of their future, I would highly recommend PURSUED."
Craig Groeschel
"If you've ever felt like you're too far gone for the love of God, PURSUED is for you. Jud Wilhite masterfully combines biblical truths with real life examples to reveal the never-ending, loving pursuit of God."
Rev. Run
"I just finished reading PURSUED. It changed my life! This book helped me understand that God's correction is for my protection. This book showed me how much God adores us! I really needed this book in this season of my life. Thanks, Jud Wilhite!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455515455
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 604,617
  • File size: 513 KB

Meet the Author

Jud Wilhite is an author, speaker and senior pastor of Central Christian Church, a church founded in Las Vegas with campuses in multiple states. Central is recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America. In partnership with God Behind Bars, Central innovated multi-site church campuses inside prisons in several states. A recent study revealed that over ninety percent of people surveyed at Central said God "saved their lives" through the church. Jud is the author of several books including Torn, Throw it Down, and Uncensored Grace. He and his wife Lori have two kids and live in the Las Vegas area.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Catch Me If You Can 1

Part 1 Pursued for Relationship 11

1 The Proposal 13

2 Passionate Pursuit 31

3 An Affair to Remember 51

Part 2 Pursued in Grace 71

4 Bad Romance 73

5 Loved from Death to Life 88

6 Price for a Prostitute 105

7 Award-Winning Performance 118

Part 3 Pursued to Become 137

8 Renewing the Relationship 139

9 Living with a New Identity 156

10 The Time-Out Chair 169

11 Saint Maybes 184

Conclusion: The Joy of Being Caught 202

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 211

About the Author 215

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    I've read most of Jud's books and they are great - but this one

    I've read most of Jud's books and they are great - but this one surpasses them all!  This book is really life-changing. The hope found in this message and the unlikely story of a prophet and a prostitute - is incredible!  If you feel like you've been chasing "something" and never catching it - it's time to realize that God is the one chasing you. He actually pursues us - no matter what we've done! Love hearing the stories of radical grace throughout this book! Get it today!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    This book is a must read. Grab this book if you're looking for s

    This book is a must read. Grab this book if you're looking for something fresh and life giving. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Jud provides a clear presentation of God's relentless pursuit of

    Jud provides a clear presentation of God's relentless pursuit of us; no matter what we do, no matter how far we stray, God's love for us never fails!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Jud's new book clearly illustrates God's undying love and divine

    Jud's new book clearly illustrates God's undying love and divine obsession with each of us!  A must read for everyone!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Not only is Jud an amazing communicator, he's an incredible auth

    Not only is Jud an amazing communicator, he's an incredible author too! This book is over the top!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    This book truly impacted me. God pursuing me? I must admit that

    This book truly impacted me. God pursuing me? I must admit that is tough to get my my around. I have always felt i had to pursue God and earn his love. This book helped me understand and experience Gods love in a deeper way way.  Gotta love Jud's writing style. Hard to put down once you start. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    This is my favorite of Jud's books.  The way he explains our rel

    This is my favorite of Jud's books.  The way he explains our relationship with God helped me move past a static place in my faith to a deeper relationship with God.  It is also fun, easy to read, and accessible to people at any level in their spiritual journey.  Highly recommended!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Jud's book couldn't have come out at a better time as we struggl

    Jud's book couldn't have come out at a better time as we struggle globally to figure out how best to show Christ's love to victims in the sex industry who have forgotten who they are. This author/pastor's heart is laid wide open as he gets to the story behind the story of a prophet marrying a prostitute to reveal God's relentless love for all the Gomers of the world. In Pursued, Jud helps each of us to remember with his creative humor and biblical truth that we have a God who longs to sweep us off our feet no matter who we are or what we have done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Have you ever wondered just how much God really loves you? In J

    Have you ever wondered just how much God really loves you? In Jud Wilhite's new book "Pursued" the answer is amazingly (and shockingly to some) beyond what most of us have ever thought. In "Pursued" Jud takes us on a page-turning journey which explores God's radical grace in the little known book of the Bible "Hosea". I couldn't put it down! To paraphrase one old pastor, "Our trouble isn't that we don't love God enough, it's the we just don't understand how much He loves us!". Read Pursued, and you'll begin to understand ... and you'll never be the same!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    "I was born the running kind." ~ Johnny Cash. Once I

    "I was born the running kind." ~ Johnny Cash. Once I read this quote, which Jud uses to introduce his book, Pursued, I knew that somehow God had figured me out, as he had us all figured out, for that matter. This book cuts through the chase and gets down to brass tacks, if you will, and delivers the no frills version of God's eternal love and pursuit of us. Jud perfectly illustrates what God's love looks and feels like and that it's okay to stop running...everything will be okay. I like to call it a heavenly ride through The Book of Hosea because Jud takes us on one heck of a ride through this imperfect "Love" story, which ultimately reveals God's love for his people through Hosea's faithful and everlasting love for Gomer. Jud delivers the goods about the "Truth" of God's love and brings it to life through this wonderful book. It will change your life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Incredible book! 

    Incredible book! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    A attendent at central chrustian church

    This book is the truth to gods pursuit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    An exceptional, touching, and humorous book, as we follow the j

    An exceptional, touching, and humorous book, as we follow the journey of Hosea's love and pursuit of his unfaithful wife, Gomer, In addition, we get a glimpse of real-life stories of people who took life detours; but utilmately they follow God's direction for their lives. I wish this book had been available to me as a new Christian. However, no matter where we are on the journey, this book is a great reminder of God's will and love for us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Gods unfailing love for you is evident in the pages of this book

    Gods unfailing love for you is evident in the pages of this book! HIS pursuit of you stops at nothing. Must read for sure!

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