Everyone feels like an outsider sometimes. Acclaimed bestselling author Ken Gire lets readers know that they are not alone. He brings them directly into the action of Scripture, telling the stories of foreigners, lepers, prostitutes, and other "outcasts" who found acceptance with God. Alongside the Bible stories, he blends contemporary examples and spiritual insights to paint a picture of a God who relentlessly pursues each of us. Discussion questions are included for individual or small group use.
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About the Author
Ken Gire (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the author of twenty-four books, four of which have sold over 100,000 copies each. He has won two ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. Ken teaches weekend seminars on writing throughout the country. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Leaving Home 9
Wholehearted Thanks 17
1 The Pursuit 19
2 The Pursuer 29
3 The Nature of the Pursuit 41
4 The Part of Us That Is Lost 61
5 God's Passion for the Outsider 81
6 God's Provision for the Outsider 97
7 Jesus' Mission to the Outsider 105
8 God's Mandate to the Insider 125
9 The Part of Me That Was Found 139
Epilogue: Coming Home 153
Appendix: The Hound of Heaven 159
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Perhaps we can all relate to the feeling of being an outsider at some point in our lives – whether it is rejection from a job opportunity or being squeezed out by “friends”. Growing up as an introverted, invisible-feeling girl, I’m familiar with the feeling of often feeling like I was on the edge of things but rarely part of the inside. I see the people who are uncomfortable in the crowd or overlooked by others. I feel God’s love for them, for us, so I was excited to read Ken Gire’s book Relentless Pursuit: God’s Love of Outsiders. Ken Gire writes this book under the inspiration of Francis Thompson’s “The Hound of Heaven”. God pursues us with his relentless love with the desire to lavish His love on us and to restore us. Nine chapters are organized by the pursuit, the pursuer, the nature of the pursuit, the lost part of us, God’s passion and provision for the outsider, Jesus mission to the outsider, and God’s mandate to the insider. He uses personal stories of his life along with biblical examples and his thoughts inspired from various movies and pieces of literature in an easy-to-read manner. Each chapter ends with a list of questions that can be used in a small group or pondered for individual thought. Ken Gire is seminary-educated and has published 24 books, but this is the first of his that I have read. My favorite chapters were chapter 7, where Gire provides biblical examples of Jesus’ mission to the outsider, and chapter 9, a summary with ideas that provoked me to stop and think about my life and God’s pursuit of me. While I loved the idea of the book, I had difficulty tracking with the author’s thoughts. He provides vivid physical details when he shares his personal story but leaves his thoughts vague when I wanted to understand them more concretely. I’m not sure that I agree with his theology - that it is solely up to the individual to determine if they will have faith or not, like God has no part in the awakening of the soul to His grace at all. This book didn’t live up to my expectations. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Seeking to better understand God’s infinite love and heart for His children, I elected to read this book. The title itself grabbed my attention in such a way that I knew I wanted to know more. I liked how the book provided a working definition of the outsider. I also appreciated how Scripture was weaved into the realness-of-life examples. The author shared his own experiences, personalizing the subject matter even more. Through his words and insight, Mr. Gire was able to uncover the human condition and encourage active involvement of the heart in the give-and-take associated with the Christian walk. I would definitely recommend this book. Phone Tree Rating: 4/5 Stars *****
Ever feel like an outsider looking in? For some of us, we do at some point in our lives, maybe in all parts of our lives, that no matter what we try to do, we seem to not be able to fit in with others. In Ken Gire's, "Relentless Pursuit", this is addressed as he addresses outsiders from the Bible, history and even his own life, and with discussion questions geared toward motivating, encouraging and provoke both personal reflection and group discussion (if the book is used in a group setting), how our eyes can be opened, to the friendship and promise of not leaving us alone, that God gives us. "Relentless Pursuit" is not a cure all book and doesn't offer absolutes but rather, reminders that we really are not alone as we may feel and through introspective questions, encourages the reader to really discover ways to reach out to others, via community involvement, growth as a Christian and introspection. I really enjoyed the layout of the book. The questions that are offered are brief but to the point, and the overall layout of the writing, is personal but not over the head. It felt like I was reading a personal journal and the style of writing is casual and conversational, not condemning nor did it makes promises that were not attainable. It reads like the gentle push of a good friend whose encouraging to look to the Lord and find ways that we can reach out from feeling alone or ostracized or as an outsider and instead, find healthy ways to move past feeling the feelings that one may currently have at the moment. The book itself is short and yet detailed and filled as well not just with biblical references, but the cultural references to iconic books, movies and topics make it easy to realize that the feelings we are having, are just temporary and more than anything, we are not the only ones. This is a great book to read and if you are starting the New Year with the resolution to be more involved or maybe you are new to an area and having trouble re-adapting, whatever the circumstances, "Relentless Pursuit" is a touching, compassionate book that for the reader, reminds them how they are not really alone.
“I believe it was C. S. Lewis who said that the central human condition is homesickness, a longing embedded in us for our true home. After living like this long enough, though, the adventure of being a pilgrim, stranger, or foreigner in the world wears thin.” When I first received my preview copy of Ken Gire’s Relentless Pursuit, I excitedly thumbed through it. I stumbled upon the above snippet, and with these two Gireesque-beautiful sentences I remembered why Ken is my favorite author. Through soul-stirring personal and epic story after story he helps to keep me in touch with my brokenness while reminding me that God is patiently waiting in the marrow of my pain. If you’ve read one of Ken Gire’s nearly 30 books in the past, you will be even more encouraged as he goes deeper into his own journey in Relentless Pursuit. If you’ve never read him, Relentless Pursuit is the perfect place to start. I was so moved by it, I have already preordered a copy for every Make Way Partners’ board and staff member as well as an extra case for friends! Kimberly L. Smith, author of Passport through Darkness and co-president of Make Way Partners