When we spend more time search for assurance than we do acting out of belief, we are chasing God.
–Angie Smith in Chasing God
If pinning organizational ideas on Pinterest was all that is required, my house would be perfectly organized. If outlining a weekly to-do list that included dusting and cleaning the bathroom was all that was necessary, my house would be sparkling clean. But it’s easy for me to spend all my time planning how I’m going to be the perfect housekeeper, reading about how to use all natural cleaners, and talking with my friends about the way the dust and the dishes seem to regenerate in the night, that I never actually follow through on my great intentions.
And sadly, it’s not limited to housekeeping. I’m the same way when it comes to my relationship with my husband, my children, and my Savior. If good intentions and legalistic outlines were my salavation, I’d be a saint. Instead, I’m a sinner who spends too much time trying too hard to be perfect instead of simply relaxing in His grace.
I was first introduced to Angie Smith when she and her husband Todd were featured on various radio programs after they lost their baby girl Audrey. I was pregnant with my youngest at the time, and I cried buckets over their story. Then I had the unforgettable experience of hearing Angie speak and her husband’s music group Selah sing at a Women of Faith event. But somehow, I missed actually reading her books. Until now. And I will definitely be remedying the fact that I don’t own any of her other titles.
Chasing God is the most unique blend of humor and theology I’ve ever read. One moment Angie’s dealing with nitty gritty issues of Bible verses taken out of context, the next she’s inserting sarcastic and witty parenthetical remarks. But the combination is an unforgettable book that tells of Angie’s own journey from trying to get the prayer right as a new Christian to realizing the depth of the Lord’s prayer where He’s already shown us how to talk to God.
Angie has written the book for legalistic, try-hard rule-followers like me. It’s a story that shows us a glimpse of a better way. From prayer to forgiveness, God’s will to grace, Angie delves into Old and New Testament Scriptures that are “shockingly applicable” to everyday situations in our own lives. If you’re looking for a book that’s less about how to be a good Christian and more about simply coming to Jesus, you’ll love Chasing God. It’s a book that celebrates the mystery of what we don’t understand about God while reveling in the grace of what we know about Him.
Has there been a time in your life where you’ve finally stopped chasing God only to realize He’dbeen there waiting for you the whole time? Comment to be entered in a giveaway for a copy of the book Chasing God. (Congratulations to Jaclynn for winning a copy of Chasing God! Giveaway ended March 26.)