Relentless Pursuit teaches about God’s love for people who feel like they are outsiders; these are people who are often disabled, poor, shut-in, divorced, etc. It also explains how God pursues the missing parts of people that cause them to stay on the outside sometimes, such as shame, hurt, and fear. It gives great examples of how Jesus pursued outsiders and tried to make them insiders. It also encourages people to create space for strangers to potentially turn them into friends and to allow themselves to be interrupted or inconvenienced so that can happen.
One of the things that really spoke to me in this book was that it taught about how outsiders can actually also be insiders sometimes. It encourages people in the body of Christ to not make themselves so comfortable with insiders in their congregations and social circles that they lose touch with people on the outside. Another thing that spoke to me was learning how hospitality in the days of Deuteronomy 24:19-22 was about inviting outsiders inside, making them guests. What I hope for more of in the body of Christ are better welcoming committees when people on the outside are found, and that more people will be available to help them find a spiritual development program that works for them once they are on the inside, because these people could be at risk for becoming outsiders again. I also was encouraged to learn that Jesus was almost always searching for or helping someone on the outside.
I loved this quote used in the book…
From a quote by Richard Kearney from his book Anatheism:
“...Reject the stranger or embrace the stranger. In fact, the annual Jewish festival of Sukkot serves to remind the followers of Abraham that they are forever tent dwellers, strangers on the earth committed to the hosting of strangers. This is a reminder that needs to be made again and again, year after year….” Page 102
This is a book for people who feel like they are outsiders and people who want to reach out to outsiders.
I received this book free from Bethany House for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.