Pursued: God's relentless pursuit and a drug addict's journey to finding purpose (Paperback)
We had lit a forest on fire...We were stoned out of our senses...My sister was calling 9-1-1... As I watched the flames dance across the twilight sky, consuming everything in their path, I realized they represented my life. In my pursuit of pleasure and partying, I had ignited an addiction worse than any forest fire. After five arrests, a dozen allegations, a v-squad of cop cars chasing me down center street, and years of worshipping all the wrong things led me to the brink of death, I finally found hope in life. This is a story of how the initially enthralling and sometimes humorous pursuits of drugs, sex, and success cannot satisfy in the way that they promise, but there is One who can.
Endorsement:Michael Heil's book is the best example of God's effectual calling of anyone I have met or heard about. In spite of Michael's resisting God's love and grace with his rebellion and seeking meaning and purpose in life through all the ways the world offers, our Heavenly Father reached down and marvelously saved Michael. This book will capture your heart as you see the steadfast love of our Lord Jesus overcoming all of Michael's resistance and claiming Michael for His own. In this book, we see the beauty of the heart of Jesus as His love and grace are greater than all our sin-no matter the depths of sin to which we have descended. Michael's book will encourage anyone who is seeking real meaning & purpose in life to turn to Jesus and find what matters most in life-life eternal. I highly recommend this book for those who already know Jesus & those seeking Him.
%James Stewart, South Region Coordinator for Evangelism Explosion International
This book is vulnerable, extensive, articulate, and engaging through invigorating and adventurous personal experiences that help the reader to see the redemptive power of the living God. Through the writer's journey, I was reminded how God pays attention to every detail of our lives and will use it to reveal his glory. I was taken on a journey of tears, laughter, and raw truth. I recommend this book to youth pastors, leaders, and missionaries. And anyone who struggles to see the power of God at work.
%Mpumi Maweni, Director of Mobilization, Operation Mobilization, Canada
About the Author:Saved from the clutches of addiction and from near-death, Michael has traveled to and shared his remarkable story in over 35 countries. With an unquenchable passion to support anyone facing addiction, homelessness, helplessness, depression, suicide or lack of purpose he has volunteered in jails, rehabs, detention centers, churches, and schools. Michael received his Master's degree in Intercultural Studies and Community Development from Wheaton College.