In his latest book, Relentless Pursuit, author Ken Gire mixes his own story, the stories of biblical heroes, and the stories of more recent Christian thinkers to show God’s heart for the outsiders in our world. He paints a picture of the God who chases after us, drawing us to Himself, restoring the pieces that have been lost, and calling us to be different—just like Jesus. Gire states, “Jesus became an outsider . . . to befriend outsiders. He was and still is the champion of all who have been pushed beyond the pen’s perimeter—the poor, the oppressed, the rejected, the marginalized and disenfranchised, the forgotten and the forlorn, the shunned and the scorned” (113).
Not only does Gire address that lost, broken part of us that sits on the sidelines, he warns of the comfort that makes us feel like insiders: “We can forget where we came from, who we once were, what it felt like on the outside. . . . And before we know it, we lose touch with those on the outside, lose God’s plan for them, His prayers for them, His passion for them” (129).
Relentless Pursuit gave me a fresh perspective, reminding me that Jesus came for the broken, the sick, and the forgotten, not the clean, the comfortable, and the popular. His fantastic writing didn’t hurt, either. I enjoyed every page. If you need to be reminded that God is pursuing you—and the outsiders in your life—read it.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.