An engaging invitation to an intimate relationship with God
Author Heath Adamson uses excellent story-telling and inspired insight to challenge Christians to a deeper relationship with God. ‘The Sacred Chase’ is the intentional pursuit of an intimate relationship with God. It involves more than a church service or saying a prayer by rote. As Adamson describes it, we can run our spiritual race with all our heart, but if we’re running in the wrong direction, we still won’t finish. Are we running in the right direction? We can only know this by having an intimate relationship with God.
As a master storyteller, Adamson uses many compelling examples to drive his points home. The Biblical man they called Legion is an ongoing case referenced, along with many Biblical and current day examples. My favorite was the opening story of Tilly’s beach. Tilly’s story is an memorable example of listening to God’s voice and acting upon it.
Adamson uses biblical verses throughout as the foundation for the topics that lead the reader to understanding what the Sacred Chase involves. It covers what an intimate relationship with God looks like and how we can achieve it. God is ready and willing and waiting for us. The rest is up to us.
I’m currently in the midst of the “sacred chase” although I didn’t have a name for it until now. So this book had a profound impact on me. It’s one of the best books on faith that I’ve read and has given me the encouragement to go all out in my chase even with the fear and reservations I have about what might be required of me.
My only disappointment was that there were not many specifics on the “how-to”, which is where I stumble. (For example, in the be still and listen department, I seem to end up falling asleep or my mind wanders to other things.) In retrospect, this is a journey of the heart and soul. There is no step-by-step guide for how to adjust feelings. However, the author has made a compelling case for the reasons why we could and should make a relationship with God one of the highest priorities of our lives. This book will leave a lasting impression on my Christian journey.
Christians who are feeling stagnant in their walk with Christ and those who desire a closer relationship with God will enjoy The Sacred Chase. It could also prompt a lot of discussion (and spiritual growth) in a Christian book club. It would be thought-provoking pre-requisite reading for a spiritual retreat.
The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. We’re proud to be included in the Top 50 Christian Book Review Bloggers. I chose to read an ARC from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review is my honest opinion.
Heath Adamson is an author and serves as Chief of Staff at the relief organization, Convoy of Hope. He also leads feedONE, a team committed to fight poverty and hunger for children and families in need. He serves as the Global Chairman for the World Assemblies of God Fellowship Next-Generation Commission. He also co-chairs Empowered21’s Next Generation Network. Mr. Adamson frequently speaks nationally and internationally.
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Shirley Alarie began writing adult and children's books to benefit two causes she loves. 'Hope in the Hood' portrays the incredible story of Colleen Adams providing hope and help to disenfranchised inner-city youth. 'A Healing Haven' showcases the amazing work of Shawn Jayroe and her incredible volunteers at RVR Horse Rescue. Children's books 'A New Friend for Gilbert' and the Dominick the Donkey 2-part series are based on real animals and events at RVR. Now Shirley writes for Jesus - including children's books, her FindingGodAmongUs blog, and as a Christian adult and children's book reviewer. Sign up to receive reviews of hot-off-the-press Christian and Children's releases. Need a freelance writer? Check her out.
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