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Overview An invigorating look at God's furious passion explores how He is constantly pursuing individuals regardless of what they are doing or not doing, revealing how his constant presence--even in the midst of sin and failure--will help seekers and believers find freedom, grace, and acceptance. Original.
Publishers Description You're not defined by what you've done. You're defined by Who pursues you. What if you could believe that God not only chases you, but has yet to leave your side for a second, has yet to go a minute without courting you, whispering in your heart, "I'm right here"? What if you could believe that God is never distant, never out of reach, never indifferent to what's going on in your life? Would that make a difference in your relationship with him? And what if you could go a step further and believe that God's pursuit has nothing to do with your level of faithfulness? He is just as near, and just as vigilant in his pursuit, regardless of your dedication to the spiritual disciplines, and in spite of your struggle with sin. Because of his nature, it is impossible for God "not" to pursue you. In "Furious Pursuit," Tim King and Frank Martin invite you to lay down the smaller story of your life and instead tap into the Larger Story. To begin today by allowing God to transform the nature of your relationship with him. To stop chasing God and start embracing the Romance that is already well under way. Begin today Open yourself to God's "Furious Pursuit."
Companion workbook also available.
From Publishers Weekly King and Martin share common theological takes on the patterns of God's
faithfulness, noting that too many Christians judge their spiritual vitality
on the basis of their own strivings and successes. While Christians are
commanded to seek and pursue God, the authors assert that it is God's
unconditional love and passionate pursuit of his children that makes the
relationship happenand endure. Cleverly, the entire text is presented as a
divine romance where the writers introduce the premise of humanity being wooed
by God. At this initial stage of the romance, God offers believing Christians
hope and healing in exchange for fear, pain and loneliness. On the heels of
this dizzying pursuit, love-struck Christians encounter the nurturing
courtship stage, where individuals discover identity and meaning in life.
Finally, at last, the commitment of long-term marriage is extended as God
invites a lover's response of pure and permanently binding devotion. As evenly
as this readable material is put forth, the book lacks emotional engagement,
which weakens any impact it might have engendered had the message been offered
with a livelier voice. (July 18) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Furious Pursuit: Why God Will Never Let You Go King has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 05/15/2006 page 67
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Tim King is a former pastor, marketing executive, and magazine editor who maintains an extensive speaking schedule. He is codirector of Furious Faith Ministries and the author of two previous books, "Give Me This Mountain" and "A House That Stands." Tim and his wife, Gwynne, are the parents of three and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Frank Martin is codirector of Furious Faith Ministries and the author or coauthor of more than fourteen books, having collaborated with Nicky Cruz, Robert Schuller, Wally Armstrong, Dr. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and others. He has served nine years as a "Family Commentary" writer for Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Ruthie, and their two children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Furious Pursuit: Why God Will Never Let You Go?
Powerful Reminders of Lasting Truth Oct 8, 2006
Tim King and Frank Martin have written a masterpiece which reminds us of God's eternal presence in every day life. Each chapter combines personal stories with Scriptural insight and truth. This well-crafted book provides great encouragement to every reader.
Here's a small taste from page 117: "It is impossible to walk with God in the past or the future; we can walk with him only in the present moment. And because God doesn't submit to a linear time line, every moment is an eternal moment."
"Our view of time has led us to think of eternity as something in the future, as some grand blessing to come at the end of this life. But what is eternity if it isn't life with the Eternal One? Eternity is living with God today, being fully alive in his presence moment by moment. Every moment is an eternal moment because every moment can be lived in the company of God."
"God longs for us to be fully engaged with him, fully focused on our relationship. He longs for us to step out of our time-limited space and into sacred eternal space. He invites us to step out of ourselves and into eternity with him, to discard the myth of linear time and live in the reality of his immediate presence."
"In God's presence you are enough. In eternity with God, you have enough. In the sacred place, time is always lived in the present moment."
This book will stir eternal thoughts which will last far longer than the reading experience. It's a book worth reading--and reading again to soak deeply in the spiritual truths.
Finally Sep 4, 2006
It is very refreshing to read a work that really describes the true meaning of our relationship with God.
God is so much bigger then our small stories.
I could not put the book down once I began.
Thank you Mr. King for a marvelous work.
Book simplifies finding God Aug 24, 2006
Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (07/06)
Are you tired of chasing after God with endless lists of rules and impossible tasks? There's Good News!!! "Furious Pursuit: Why God Will Never Let You Go" is a book written for those of you like me who have been searching for God, but always seem to end up feeling hopeless, alone and tired. This book carefully lays out God's larger story of love as the greatest love story ever told.
"Furious Pursuit" simplifies what I always thought was the most daunting task in my life - finding God. So many of the theological approaches today end up making us feel totally worthless, with the path to finding God an impossible task. King and Martin lay out a very simple approach to this - recognizing that God is already pursuing us and letting it happen. We are wooed by God through initial courtship, dating and finally the long-term commitment of marriage. And the best part is? The happy ending in this divine romance is about us.
This well-written and thoughtful approach to God works so well because the authors organize and describe God's relationship with us by using examples of everyday relationships; oftentimes using personal and painful experiences to make a point. So much of the time we are so busy living our lives of quiet desperation that we fail to see that we are part of a much larger picture. It is such a relief to realize that we are an important part of God's story and that his love for us is completely unconditional.
The most poignant section for me was the chapter "Living in the Eternal Moment - Knowing God in the present tense". So many of us spend the majority of our time thinking about past failures or planning how to do well in the future that we lose the wonderful things that the moment offers. After reading this chapter I spent a whole day consciously living in the present and it was tough. Every time I started thinking about past or future situations I brought myself back to the present to be fully conscious of what I was experiencing. You know what I found? I have so many wonderful moments everyday if I take the time to notice them. And if I really think about all the time I spend feeling badly about past mistakes there is nothing I can do to change them except to make better decisions in present situations. And, as for worrying about future situations? I have always been provided with the things that I have needed.
"Furious Pursuit" helped me to see God in a whole new light and to look forward to my everyday relationship with God instead of being overwhelmed and lost. King and Martin have also written a companion workbook to go along with this book and I am looking forward to getting it and following the ninety-one day program.
The Ultimate Love Relationship Aug 20, 2006
This delightful book reminds me of God's unconditional love for us. He loves us and actively seeks us for a love relationship. To realize that God is personal, loving, open, seeking, and desiring His best for me - whatever my shortcomings - is breathtaking. Read it, enjoy it, and forever live in the presence of our loving Creator. God is the Master Designer. Live as He designed you! For love.
The message of love... Aug 3, 2006
This is a powerful book with a simple message: God has always pursued us despite our sin, shortcomings, and faults. Tim and Frank shun dry theology in favor of down to earth advice and words of wisdom from the Scriptures, and the wisdom is that God will never let us go.
Using personal stories and Scripture, the authors comparatively show how love always wins over fear, how God's will for us is to follow him out of desire, not fright; this is because God is not a God of wrath and punishment, but one of compassion, understanding and love. These qualities are the motivating factors in God's continuous and furious pursuit of us.