Chase the LionMark Batterson
In this compelling manifesto, New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson challenges readers to chase the lions in their lives and to be prepared to act accordingly when they catch them! This NEW work from Batterson will release parallel to our repackage of Batterson... Read More
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With grit and gusto, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, described how our outlook can help determine our outcome in life. Batterson encouraged readers to think differently about their dreams (and to dream bigger!) and the book became a bestseller.
In Chase the Lion, the author encourages people to take bold actions to accomplish their goals, follow his practical steps to making those goals a reality, and bravely plan for what comes after accomplishment. This is the logical next step. Once you've defied the odds, faced your fears, and crafted audacious dreams for your life--the only thing left to do is to follow God's leading and act boldly. In demonstrating how this can be done, Batterson will share inspiring stories from Scripture and from real life. This primer for the chase of our lives will inspire readers young and old to plan for success and go further than they every imagined they could.
Release Date: 09/2016
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Sep 6, 2016
- UPC: 9781601428851
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 224
- Publish Date: Sep 6, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
- BISAC: "REL006000"
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- Challenge Yourself by Hombre58 on 10/3/2016
If you are looking for a nice book that will tell you it’s okay to have small dreams or live an average life, this book is NOT what you are looking for. Chase The Lion is a joyous book to read, in a painful sort of way. Mark Batterson lifts you up by telling you that you can have an extraordinary life, which is both thrilling and scary, both exhilarating and terrifying. Many Christians have been willing to settle for average, or even lower than average, while making excuses that they are not equipped for great things, or that their temperament isn’t ideal for the dream they might otherwise pursue. Batterson doesn’t pull any punches while striking down the notion that somehow God has given some people great gifts while the rest are destined for mediocrity. As he says: “This book is a call to repentance – repent of your small dreams and your small God. It’s also a dare – dare to go after a dream that is bigger than you are.” (p.8)
His call is to chase the lion, a reference to Benaiah, who chased a lion down into a pit and killed it (2 Samuel 23:20). It is a call to come faith-to-face with your fears, whatever that fear may be that holds you back from pursuing your dream. For when it comes right down to it, the things that we most regret in life are the chances we didn’t take, the opportunities we let pass by because we didn’t feel ready or equipped to pursue them. But the truth is we will never be completely ready. Every new step, whether it is asking someone out on a date, getting married, having a baby, starting a new job or business, going to a foreign country as a missionary, or any others, is filled with new experiences that we cannot wholly predict. If we wait until we have analyzed every contingency, we will always be analyzing and never doing.
The call is to not only to go after our dreams, but also the dreams of others. Batterson correctly notes that our dreams are intertwined with the dreams of others. It may be that someone else’s dream is dependent on our pursuing our dream. If we delay or give up entirely, we aren’t just impacting our own lives, but the lives of others in our generation and in future generations. “Don’t give up on your dream. If you do, you aren’t just giving up on its present-tense reality. You’re giving up on its future-tense potential.” (p.196)
So if you don’t want to be challenged to break out of your average life of small dreams, don’t read this book. But if you are ready to be pushed to dream big, beyond what you can achieve in your own strength, to dare greatly in pursuit of what only God can make happen, then you must read this book. Chase the lion!
- We know we cannot live our fears and dreams at the same time. The same thing can be said for being positive and negative at the same time. It simply doesn’t work. Be positive and focus on your dreams and god-sized goals with all your heart. One take-away by Di_sam101 on 9/6/2016
In Chase The Lion, Make Batterson made me stop and consider so many things. Like something so simple as, “Stop pointing out problems. Become part of the solution.”
We know we cannot live our fears and dreams at the same time. The same thing can be said for being positive and negative at the same time. It simply doesn’t work. Be positive and focus on your dreams and god-sized goals with all your heart. This is what I took away from the book.
Stay upbeat, believing in yourself with the grace of God and the blessing of the Holy Spirit. Hold on to your hope and faith. Knowing God knew the problem I’d face long before I got here. He has already given me all the strength, talent, and skills I need to face it. He knows the solution and outcome. He’s with me. Inside and out. I need to believe and see the solution to the problem. He is the solution. Thank you, Mark, for another great book among many other great books, including, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, If, All In, The Circle Maker, Draw The Circle.
- Chase the Lion takes you beyond your dreams and pushes you to chase after them. by Jonathan on 8/31/2016
Mark Batterson hits another home run with this sequal to his other book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day! Looking at what it takes to chase after those lion size dreams and how you can chase after them without fear is really where he takes us in this book. We hear from the heart of Mark as he tells us where his dreams come from and how he seeks after the heart and dreams of those that laid the spiritual foundation for his life. The challenge of chasing a lion in our own life is as simple as chasing after our God given dreams and laying aside the fear that so often overwhelms us. We have a God who gives us the strength to overcome. I recommend this book for all the dreamers out there! Go chase your lion!