Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible PowerLevi Lusko, Steven Furtick
2016 Christan Book Award ® Nominee: New Author Book of the Year Do you fear life's uncertainties? As a parent who lost his young daughter, Pastor Levi Lusko has been there. More a manifesto for high-octane living than a manual for grieving, Through the Eyes of a Lion wil... Read More
Do you fear life's uncertainties? As a parent who lost his young daughter, Pastor Levi Lusko has been there. More a manifesto for high-octane living than a manual for grieving, Through the Eyes of a Lion will help you turn your journey into a "roar story." Whether you’re currently facing adversity or want to prepare yourself for inevitable hardship, it’s time to look at the adventure of your life through Jesus’ eyes—the eyes of a Lion.
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- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 4, 2015
- UPC: 9780718032142
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 240
- Publish Date: Aug 4, 2015
- Language: English
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- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012120"
- ISBN: 0718032144
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- My favorite book!!! by Kelly on 12/3/2015
Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain Finding Incredible Power is the best book I've read in the last decade. In fact, it just might be my favorite book. Ever.
I almost didn't want to read the book when I found out that a man wrote it about losing his daughter. The death of children is just too much for me to wrap my mind around it and I was afraid it would make me depressed. But I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me to read the book despite my reservations, so I went for it. I am so glad I did. An excerpt on the back cover says it perfectly when it describes the book as "part memoir but all overtly instructive and deeply inspirational."
The author, Levi Lusko, is the pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multi-site church in Montana. He is the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. He and his wife Jennie have four daughters, Alivia, Daisy, Clover and Lenya, who is in heaven.
Lenya's nickname was "Lenya lion" because her hair had been wild and mane-like since birth. She had a robust personality and an edgy sense of style and flair for a 5-year-old. She had just started Kindergarten. Most importantly, she loved the Lord and had asked Him to be her Savior. Five days before Christmas Day, 2012, Lenya died suddenly from an asthma attack. Levi shares with gut-wrenching honesty the grief that the Lusko family went through. But even more so, he explains the power of the hope that is available to all who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
He says, "This book isn't a manual for grieving, but a manifesto for high-octane living, and through it I want you to see that God made you for a purpose. There is a wild and wonderful calling on your life, a microphone in your hands. Jesus wants you to look at the adventure of your life through His eyes, the eyes of a Lion."
Levi explains that each of us was put on earth to fulfill our own diving calling - one that no one else, no matter how hard they try - can fulfill. Because it was designed to be ours alone. And yet, it's possible to waste our calling. To go through life apathetically. He reminds us that, while our time here on earth is short, our time in heaven is long. And what we do during our time here on earth impacts eternity.
I loved the chapter entitled "Pain is a Microphone." I readily identified with it and it resonated with me deeply. When I was dealing with the pain of the aftermath of my miscarriages, I heard a phrase that has stuck with me - "Your deepest pain will become your greatest calling." This has proven true in my life, as I have had the opportunity to encourage women walking the same road that I have. When people are hurting and don't want to talk to anyone else, they often will allow someone who has been through their same struggle to speak into their life.
Pastor Levi puts it this way: "Hard times are a passport that gives you permission to go places you wouldn't get to any other way. Pain can open doors that would otherwise remain locked. There are avenues of influence. There are situations and opportunities you will stumble upon that would never have been yours had things gone well. Interactions, conversations, moments of great usefulness you probably never would have seen had it not been for the chemotherapy, doctor's visit, or trip to yet another rehab facility to pick up your son."
Jesus reaches into the dark places, takes our pain, and turns it into something beautiful. And we are never, ever the same.
He's good like that.
- Finding strength to press on. by Lesa on 11/30/2015
I do want to say I have never experienced the level of pain that Pastor Levi and his wife did the day their daughter Lenya left earth to join our heavenly father. I have however, struggled with fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness and so many other feelings from the loss of a 23 year marriage. That I cannot put into words, I an essence it is like a death or I think it is. I know this is no way a comparison to the death of a child. I have seen family members struggle through this kind of life altering ordeal. I walked away from this book encouraged to change the way I view the challenges in my life. I could see through his reading how he and his family struggled and over came through faith to stand strong push on through this ordeal and know that one day they will all be together again. Because through faith and courage in the hands of God we can over come anything that comes at us.
- What a powerfully moving book. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride. Have you ever wondered what is next? How you are going to survive such a heartbreaking loss by Cheryl on 9/9/2015
What a powerfully moving book. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride. Have you ever wondered what is next? How you are going to survive such a heartbreaking loss. A loss that no parent ever wants to face. Be prepared you will need tissues. A father that must learn to have faith and trust God again after such a devastating loss of his daughter. A loss that is so shocking unexpected and heartbreaking. A must read book for anyone that has loss a child. 4 stars
- Finding Strength in Hurt by Bethany on 8/21/2015
How does a father face the death of this precious daughter? How does he move toward forgiving God and stepping forward?
Levi Lusko shares the heartbreak of losing his 5 year old daughter to an asthma attack, even down to the phone call from the hospital asking for some of her organs.
Reading his words have brought tears to my eyes, melted my heart, and a smile to my lips, like: "The moment you announce that bedtime is drawing near, your kids will collectively lose their minds." I have four kids. And yes this is all too true.
I recommend this book for parents (that have a child in the target or those that have all of them in the quiver), those that have lost a sibling, and really anyone who understands that this life is filled with difficulties and heartbreaks, but has a desire to find joy in the Lord.
I hope to remember these words, “But every time we hurt and look not just at ourselves but also at others around us, there are opportunities to be used by God.”
- The Little Lion Lives On! by Jamie on 8/4/2015
My family and I have had the blessing to visit events where Pastor Levi is serving. Seeing him during the Harvest Crusades and at a Leadership Conference at Calvary Chapel Tucson really helps you to feel where his heart is. I’ve loved his teaching and methods of service for a long time. Seeing a pastor lead a church, while still young, with a family, and with artwork on his skin, makes me feel even more centered with what God can do.
When we heard the news of Lenya’s passing, even though we had never met, we cried. Knowing what it’s like to be a parent, to have the love for your children…we could not even imagine what Levi and Jennie were going through. Sending prayers and hugs online (since we were far from them) was the only way to let them know that we cared and were praying for them.
Seeing the story in writing, did multiple things. It brought a smile to your face, laughter to your heart and tears to your eyes. It was a blessing to hear that Pastor Levi is real. He had questions…he had regrets. Some of the “teachers” in today’s world try to make it seem as if they are perfect, and God only loves you when you are, too. Myself, knowing that we will never be perfect, found it comforting to know that this great man, who spreads the gospel and shares the Word, so well – was still human.
Reading Pastor Levi’s story, and hearing the story of Pastor Greg Laurie with the loss of his son years ago, made you realize that no matter what, we all deal with tragedy, unhappiness and grief. Having sadness, having anger, having guilt are normal. It’s just knowing that there are others out there, that have dealt with it, too. We must remember to open up, ask for help or for someone to just be there. When you feel that nobody else has gone through something…think again.