The Chase Study Guide: Revealing the 3G Lifestyle for the Christian Life


Book: The Chase Study Guide: Revealing the 3G Lifestyle for the Christian Life

Authors: Mario Busacca and Hoyt A. Byrum

Publisher: Koehler Books, 2021

ISBN-13: 978-1646634958 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 1646634950 Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1646634934 Paperback

ISBN-10: 1646634934 Paperback

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level:  Older teens and adults

Rating: **** 4 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Bible study

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Busacca, Mario, and Byrum, Hoyt A.  The Chase Study Guide: Revealing the 3G Lifestyle for the Christian Life (Published in 2021 by Koehler Books, 3705 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA  23455).  The Chase is a novel in which the main character, Tony Hunter, is an unbeliever who comes to understand through various circumstances, including the birth of twins, serious illness of his wife, and death of his father, that God is chasing him.  This study guide is written for members of small groups who come together to experience what Tony experienced: friends who will accept you as you are; friends who will listen to your story with no judgment; friends who will respond to you with truth and love. It lays out these principles and allows for differing points of view to be developed and analyzed in a forum of learning and personal growth.

      There are six sessions based on readings from the novel, which promotes the “3G” (Grace—Gratitude—Generosity) lifestyle, and the Study Guide is intended to help people learn how develop that lifestyle.   Each session includes an opportunity to tell “My Story,” questions to discover the “Biblical Perspective,” and an “Application” section with an action step.  As with any work by men, especially on the subject of religion, there will be portions with which people of differing backgrounds may disagree.  For example, the authors quote Jefferson Bethke as saying, “Religion says do. Jesus says done. Religion is man searching for God. Jesus is God searching for man. Religion is pursuing God by our moral efforts. Jesus is God pursuing us despite our moral efforts. Religious people kill for what they believe. Jesus followers die for what they believe.”

    I think that I understand what Bethke is trying to say, and there is some truth in it, but it paints with such a broad brush that it can easily be misunderstood and misapplied and the baby thrown out with the bathwater, especially since God’s word explicitly endorses and promotes “pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father” (James 1:27).  However, I find very helpful the observation about Tony’s experiencing the death of his father.  “The events that follow in The Chase show how God can take terrible situations that He did not cause and use them for His own purposes.  You may not buy into that thought.  The idea that God uses bad things for good seems to many to be a cop-out.   But the reality is that Jesus never promised us a rose garden.  Life for all of us can be hard, and it can be cruel….However, it is the way in which we respond to those events that makes the difference.”

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