Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too SmallMark BattersonMultnomah Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 18 Reviews Video
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Sparky5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring!February 22, 2018SparkyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Chase the Lion is very engaging and was hard to put down. So many great stories and applications for life!
DebTN5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect!June 16, 2017DebTNQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book is one of those you can't wait until you get to the next chapter. Since reading this, I've bought another one of his books titled "IF". Love his perspective.
Diane Busch5 Stars Out Of 5inspiring and challengingMarch 24, 2017Diane BuschQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is a good follow-up book to one of my favorites "In a Pit with a lion on a snowy day" also by Mark Batterson about 10 years earlier
The first couple of chapters seem to be a recap of major points of "In a pit with a Lion". Which is good to get caught up for those who forgot or hadn't read it.
He gives examples of people who have been lion chasers. Then he gets into some more grest lessons. He's never afraid to share his own mistakes and honestly share lessons he has learned along the way.
Mark talks about God-sized dreams and asks these questions for you to ponder and consider:
What fear do I need to run toward?
What spear of faith do I need to raise?
The following is a few of his phrases I just had to jot down and keep:
Don't worry about meeting the right person. Worry about being (becoming) the right person.
Get into god's word and God's word will get into you.
Pray like it depends on God; Work like it depends on you.
If God hasn't released you then don't let it go yet. Hang in there.
Many times what we perceive as a "no" is really just a "not yet"
You have to step into the water and get your feet wet before God will part the waters. You have to take that step of faith.
Mark issues a lot of challenges. His writing is inspiring. He uses scripture to back up his story lessons. He says you need to spend time with people who have more faith than you to inspire and challenge you.
After reading or listening to this book, you will feel promoted to go out on mission with God. This book might just be the catalyst you need to "go for it" - whatever dream God is asking you to go after. And definitely don't let fear get in the way, even if fear is present.
Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Chase the LionNovember 17, 2016Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson is based on the Old Testament story in 2 Samuel 23 about a warrior in the army of King David named Benaiah. Those who read Batterson's 2006 best seller are familiar with Benaiah---who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy dayand then killed it.
But there is more that is known of Benaiah, and a bigger lesson to be learned from his action with the lion. Most people would run from a lion, but Benaiah chased it. He overcame his fear and went after the personification of it.
This is what Batterson is saying in this sequel to In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. Benaiah chased his fear, faced his fear, and used it as an opportunity to move forward. For Benaiah, becoming King Davids bodyguard and eventually the Commander-in-Chief of Israels army under David's son, King Solomon. Batterson says that your dreams should be so big they scare you. He says that 'Chase the Lion' is not just a catch phrase, but a radical approach to life. The fear of failure prevents one from seizing opportunity by the mane and conquering all fear. You cannot succeed if you are afraid of failure, but you have to accept that you may fail several times.
Do I agree? Yes and no...but my opinion does not really matter for a book review. I know many people who have huge dreams that may feel overwhelming. For those, this book can be a huge inspiration to never give up "chasing the lion" until ultimate success. For others, like myself, there are no grandiose dreams and we are quite content. I do, however, love to cheer on others, and I recommend this book. Not only is it great for those who feel God has called them to greater things, but I enjoyed reading it and felt inspired. Even the smaller dreams and dreamers need encouragement. I admit that I did prefer 'In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day' but 'Chase The Lion' did engage my attention and was well-written.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook-Multnomah "Blogging For Books" program at no cost to myself. However, I was not required to write a positive review.
LifeDanceWAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hits the mark and keeps on going...October 25, 2016LifeDanceWAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'll tell you what; Multnomah/Waterbrook has put out some stellar books this September! I am amazed by all of them that I've read so far.
This one, Chase The Lion, is a Dream-Pursuer's fuel. It's thought provoking stories within the story stir up hope and inspire you to dream and keep dreaming. This book belongs on your bookshelf because it's one that you'll go back to time and time again. It wont go out of date. It's content is biblical, it's real-life, it's genuine. Mark Batterson's writing style is fresh, like he's sitting in your living room having a conversation about dreaming your dream with you. I can't tell you how many quotes I posted to FaceBook in even just the first chapters. Truth is truth and there's no avoiding it. We live our lives through story and that's how Batterson relates his message here; through story.
This is a MUST READ, MUST OWN book!
"Too often the church complains about culture instead of creating it. The energy we spend on criticism is being stolen from creativity. Its sideways energy. We need fewer commentators and more innovators. I try to live by Michelangelos maxim: criticize by creating. Quit complaining about whats wrong, and do something that makes a difference!" -Chase The Lion @markbatterson
"God honors big dreams because big dreams honor God." -Chase The Lion
"No conflict. No story. We accept that fact when it comes to movies. Epic movies demand epic conflict. Thats what makes them epic! And whats true of great movies is true of great lives. Great conflict cultivates great character. Of course, its easier to watch on the screen than it is to walk through it. If you want to live an epic life, you have to overcome some epic challenges. You have to take some epic risks, make some epic sacrifices. For David it was picking a fight with Goliath. For Benaiah it was chasing the lion." -Chase The Lion
(I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. In all honesty, I fell in love with this book. I didn't read the first one--In the Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day--but this one caught my attention and kept it. Love it! And yes, another copy will be purchased and on my coffee table.)