Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small

Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small

by Mark Batterson


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Quit playing it safe and start running toward the roar! 

When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power.
Chase the Lion is more than a catch phrase; it’s a radically different approach to life. It’s only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane. With grit and gusto, New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.

This is a wake-up call to stop living as if the purpose of life was to simply arrive safely at death. Our dreams should scare us. They should be so big that without God they would  be  impossible to achieve. Quit running away from what you’re afraid of.
Chase the lion! 
Change the world!

What is your five-hundred-pound dream?

In this highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson invites lion chasers everywhere to chase dreams so impossible that victory demands we face our fears, defy the odds, and hold tight to God.

These are the kind of dreams that will make you a bigger person and the world a better place.
Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601428875
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 39,826
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Batterson is the New York Times best-selling author of a dozen books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Wild Goose Chase. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC), one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with eight campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University. He and his wife, Lora, and their  three children love living on Capitol Hill.
Twitter: @markbatterson

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Table of Contents

1 Chase the Lion 1

On a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.-2 Samuel 23:20, NLT

2 A Dream Within a Dream 7

These are the names of David's mighty warriors.-2 Samuel 23:8

3 The Ripple Effect 19

In one encounter-2 Samuel 23:8

4 The Door to the Future 29

He raised his spear against eight hundred men.-2 Samuel 23:8

5 The Game of Inches 39

He was with David when they taunted the Philistines.-2 Samuel 23:9

6 The Decisive Moment 53

But Eleazar stood his ground.-2 Samuel 23:10

7 Frozen 65

Till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword-2 Samuel 23:10

8 Field of Dreams 77

There was a field full of lentils.-2 Samuel 23:11

9 On This Spot 89

At the cave of Adullam-2 Samuel 23:13

10 The Lion's Den 99

Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?-2 Samuel 23:17

11 Fight Club 107

A valiant fighter from Kabzeel-2 Samuel 23:20

12 Rim to the Roar 119

He chased a lion.-2 Samuel 23:20, NLT

13 Snowy Day 129

On a snowy day-2 Samuel 23:20

14 Five-Pound Dream 139

He snatched the spear-2 Samuel 23:21

15 Double Destiny 147

He too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.-2 Samuel 23:22

16 Chain Reaction 155

And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.-2 Samuel 23:23

17 The Rabbit Room 165

Among the Thirty-2 Samuel23:24

18 Counter narratives 173

Benaiah the Pirathonite-2 Samuel 23:30

19 The Thirteenth Virtue 181

Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah-2 Samuel 23:37

20 A Hundred Years from Now 189

There were thirty-seven in all.-2 Samuel 23:39

Discussion Questions 202

Acknowledgments 210

Notes 211


Questions and Answers with Mark Batterson

1. You write that "most of us spend most of our lives running away from the things we're afraid of." How can we overcome our fear?
The key to overcoming the fear of failure is not success—it's failure in small enough doses that you build up immunity! You've got to face your fears by doing what you're afraid of. You make it a way of life by seeking out situations that scare you to life. That's what it means to run to the roar.

2. Tell us the amazing story of how your new "miracle theater" church on Capitol Hill began. What happened 49 years ago to birth this dream?
In 1960, an evangelist named R. W. Schambach was holding a revival in Washington, D.C. As he walked by a movie theater at 535 Eighth Street SE, he felt prompted to pray that God would shut down the theater and turn it into a church. Two years later it became the People's Church. And 49-years later it would become National Community Church. Everything goes does in and through our Capitol Hill campus is a prayer within a prayer, a dream within a dream, a miracle within a miracle.

The irony is that we've converted that campus back not a movie theater—we show movies during off-church hours! One of our core convictions is that the church belongs in the middle of the marketplace. After all, Jesus didn't just hang out in the synagogue. He hung out at wells. That's why we own and operated a coffeehouse. It's why we own and operate a movie theater. We get to control what goes on the screen, and it's a great way for the church and community to cross paths.

3. How can someone discern if an idea or dream they receive is worth chasing?
Here's a good rule of thumb: If you're going to get out of a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, you'd better make sure that Jesus said, "Come." But if Jesus says, "Come," you'd better not stay in the boat. The challenge, of course, is discerning when to do what. Either way, the key is discerning the voice of God. If He says, "Stay," then stay. If He says, "Come," then come. How do you discern the voice of God? It starts with the Word of God. If you want to get a word from God, get into the Word of God.

I'd rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas. Good ideas are good, but God ideas change the course of history!

4. You say "if God called you, you aren't really doubting yourself. You're doubting God." Please expand on this.
First of all, God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called. So let's quit making excuses. If you're looking for an excuse, you'll always find one! But that's true of opportunity, too! If God has called you to do something, it's not your reputation that is at stake. It's God's reputation. Faith is risking your reputation to establish God's reputation.

5. In your book you encourage readers to go after a dream so big that is destined to fail unless there is divine intervention. Could you share an example of this from your own life and how the inception of the dream came about?
We had no business going into the coffeehouse business 10 years ago, but I knew the dream for Ebenezers Coffeehouse was from God. I also believed God would bless it, especially since every penny of profit would go to kingdom causes. We had very little experience, but Ebenezers has been voted the #1 coffeehouse in DC several times by several different publications. We've now had more than a million customers and given away more than $1 million, but it started with a crazy idea—let's turn a crackhouse into a coffeehouse.

By definition, a God-sized dream is beyond your ability and beyond your resources. And that's the beauty of a dream that is bigger than you are—it forces you to pray like it depends on God because it does!

6. You say "We start dying the day we stop dreaming." What would you say to those who don't have a dream or maybe they have seen their dream die and don't see any hope of it being resurrected?
If you don't have a dream, get around someone who does! One of the best ways to discover your own dream is to help someone else accomplish theirs!

If you have a dream that has died, don't give up on it. Most of my dreams have had to go through a death and resurrection. I've had the joy of pastoring NCC for 20 years now, but it's not my first rodeo. My first attempt at church planting failed, and I'm grateful it did. I learned some tough lessons, but I wouldn't trade that failure for anything. If our church plant in Chicago had not died, I don't think I would have made it to Washington, DC.

7. You say that "too often the church complains about culture instead of creating it." Why do you think this is so? How can someone stir more innovation and creativity in their life?
I live by Michelangelo's motto: criticize by creating. We should be more known for what we're for than what we're against. Let's write better books, start better businesses, draft better legislation, produce better films. How? With the help of the Holy Spirit.

Quit complaining about what's wrong and do something about it. And don't let what you cannot do keep you from doing what you can!

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Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
JenniferMcLucas More than 1 year ago
I loved "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day," and so I was beyond excited to find out Mark Batterson had a sequel coming out. "Chase The Lion" did not disappoint. I found "Chase the Lion" really went a step beyond an inspirational book, it motivated me to take action toward my God given dreams. I quickly realized that saying yes to God, even in seemingly small ways, was still saying yes. I get easily discouraged when I feel like my life isn't big enough, like I'm not doing enough. This book encouraged me by showing me that even a "small" life is a meaningful life. I can make an impact on the world, just by doing the little thing God puts before me each day. My dream is impacting those around me, just as I've been impacted and influenced by the dreamers in my life. It was a very encouraging and reassuring book for me as a wife, mom, and small time blogger. I think it would really encourage anyone who worries their life is too small to make an impact. *I received a pre-release copy of "Chase the Lion" in exchange for my honest review. All opinions in this review are a truthful representation based on my personal experience.
Woofiejo More than 1 year ago
Dream Big and Chase The Lion! What can you expect when you pick up a book written by Mark Batterson? You will get sound Biblical teaching in a way that you’ve never heard it before. You will become challenged to live a bolder, more purpose-driven life. You will learn a variety of anecdotal information about science, history, culture and more. And, you will have a thoroughly enjoyable read! This is a story about dreaming big…and not limiting God. Batterson encourages us to dream so big that our dreams scare us and that they would be impossible to achieve without God. Batterson has a lot of credibility with this message since he has chased many lions, dreamed many big dreams and seen many miraculous things happen in his life! Batterson is so brilliant and so well read that he sprinkles so many anecdotes about well-known people throughout this book: Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, John Wesley, Wilson Bentley (the famous snowflake photographer), George Washington Carver, Paul Tudor Jones, Ed Catmull (from Pixar Studios), Albert Schweitzer and many, many more! But, they are probably not the typical stories you have heard about these individuals. Two of my favorite ideas from the book are: "Just because something isn't part of your life plan doesn't mean it's not part of your destiny.… When David took harp lessons as a kid, he never imagined that those lessons would someday position him as a member of King Saul's court. As he practiced with his slingshot while tending sheep, it never crossed his mind that this skill set would catapult him international limelight. Even when David was hiding out in caves as a fugitive, God was deepening his emotional capacity to write Psalms that would pull heartstrings thousands of years later....God is working His good, pleasing, and perfect plan for your life in a thousand ways you aren't even aware of. Everything in your past is preparation for something in your future.… The God who works all things together for good will leverage every experience, every skill, every mistake, and every bit of knowledge you have acquired.” “An inheritance is what you leave for someone. A legacy is what you leave in someone. Legacy isn't measured by what you accomplish during your lifespan. Legacy is measured by the lives that are affected by your life long after you are gone.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.
swimjeff1960 More than 1 year ago
This is my 3rd Mark Batterson’s book that I have read and my first review. Reading his The Circle Maker and Draw the Circle widened my view on prayer. Chase the Lion has me chasing a dream. I’m 55 years old and I’m in the middle of an attempted career change. As the subtitle says, “If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small.” Whether I’m successful or not is to be determined, but without reading Batterson’s books, I would have continued doing the same thing and hoping for different results. As he says, “you can’t walk on water if you don’t get out of the boat.” Batterson motivates and inspires the reader by mixing historical accounts, Biblical stories and personal experiences. While you could finish the book in one sitting, I find more joy in reading a chapter and processing all that was said. Many sentences are quotable and some are commands to action for the reader. I could do a review made entirely of the quotes, but I will close with this one. “Whatever dream journey you’re on, you have to take it one step at a time. And if you keep doing the right things day in and day out, one day God is going to show up and show off.”
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Once again I am thrilled to get the chance to review and promote Mark's newest book. As always, when it comes to Mark's books, they are not fast "eating" I have to chew on it awhile. Think about it, let the ideas roll around in my brain, and just let it all sink in. This book is no different. Personally, it is not a fast read for me, because there are too many nuggets. So I thought I would share some of those nuggets. I am not going to go through every chapter but just name a few that stuck in my mind. book "In every dream journey there comes a moment when you have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. You have to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention." "To an infinite God, all finites are equal. There is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible." "Dream dreams. That's the natural, supernatural by-product of being filled with God's Spirit." "Mismanaged success is the leading cause of failure. Well-managed failure is the leading cause of success." "We start dying the day we stop dreaming. And ironically, we start living the day we discover a dream worth dying for." "Sometimes you have to take a stand by taking a step. And when you do, that one small step can turn into a giant leap." "The goal isn't winning. The goal is God's glory. And that isn't contingent upon the final score. That is the final score!" "Destiny predates birth. Destiny postdates death." This book is filled with so many nuggets it is hard to choose them, but as usual Mark's books are life changers, cheer-you-on books that make you just want to do kingdom work and achieve great deeds for the Lord. Most definitely a book to keep in your library and read over and over. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided by the publisher and author for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. These thoughts are my own thoughts and honest feelings about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this Mark Batterson book. Batterson is a great story teller and does a great job mixing testimony with Biblical teachings. I recommend this book to anyone who is scared to go after big dreams. If God put it in your heart, he will help you achieve it. The reason I gave it 4/5 stars is because there were some anecdotes used in Chase the Lion that I've read from his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson has done it again! I only thought I was dreaming big until I read Chase the Lion. Mark not only encourages you to dream BIG but he empowers and enables you and inspires you to look beyond our generation to the 3rd and 4th generation. This book is great for the CEO AND the homemaker. 'Whatever God is doing in us here and now, He's doing for the third and fourth generation. The dream God has given you is the seed of something He wants to do a hundred years now...' This book has been life changing and vision changing for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"You don't need a bigger paycheck. You need a bigger why. (pg. 151)" This line perhaps summarizes Batterson's latest book, Chase the Lion. The book is a sequel-of-sorts to Batterson's first book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Batterson returns once again to the story of Benaiah, one of David's mighty men, who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed it. Batterson extends this metaphor to David himself, as well as others of his circle, as they all achieved great feats. Batterson encourages readers to find their own God-given dreams, their own "lions," and do pursue them relentlessly. If you have read Batterson's earlier books, there will not be a lot of new territory here, but that is not a bad thing. This is 201 pages of concentrated focus on identifying your God "destiny, and courageously moving forwards. Along the way, Batterson touches on issues such as leaving a legacy for future generations, helping in the dreams of others, serving faithfully and humbly, and investing into your God-given dream.
IamCindyT More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Sometimes the content may feel the same but it is expanded and goes deeper than the first book. I found this book to challenge my complacent ways. After finishing the book I started the process of being re-energized to chase my lion. The book is not hard to read and you will find yourself wanting to read more and more as you go. I highly recommend "Chase the Lion" and will add it to my books to read every year.
EdPA More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. I truly think that Batterson has out himself again!
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Mark's best book yet!
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the Book: Run TO the Roar! When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five hundred pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power.. Chase the Lion is more than a catch phrase; it s a radically different approach to life. It s only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane. With grit and gusto, New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream. Quit playing it safe and start running towards the roar! This is a wake-up call to stop living as if the purpose was to simply arrive safely at death. Our dreams should scare us. They should be so big that without God they are impossible to achieve. Quit running away from what you re afraid of. Chase the lion! Change the world! My Review: Chase the Lion is the epitome of embracing the calling that God has placed in your heart. This calling could be for ministry of any type. Whether your ministry is helping the local soup kitchen or heading up a mission on a distant mission field. God has different plans for us all and many times these callings breathe fear into our very existence because we feel incapable of accomplishing them or completely and totally unfit for the mission. But if just for a fleeting moment we would embrace it and face it head on instead of trembling in fear--what then? What if we decided that we would face all challenges head on without fear and trembling to go on and complete the task in front of us? What if? Mark Batterson discusses with us a different mind set that could change our entire world. I know someone that God has called into pastoral ministry and this individual has done everything they can to fight their way through it. This person has been told that they walk a fine line between kicking & screaming their way through and just not doing it. Many, if not all of his concerns are fear based. It's sad to watch this individual worry about doing the right thing and following through and what will happen if he doesn't do it at all. It's a very hard thing to watch this person struggle as they have. I plan on giving him this book in the hopes that the author can give him a different way to look at things. Taking on something that is God sized isn't easy for many of us. We feel totally inadequate and not up to the caliber of someone else that has more qualifications. What are you to do when God has trusted you with something so big and fear holds you captive?? Chase the Lion teaches us to chase that beast instead of running from him. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
Thomas Manning More than 1 year ago
“If your dream doesn’t scare you, you aren’t dreaming big enough” is the subtitle for Mark’s latest book. It’s inspired by the short, yet epic Biblical story in 2 Samuel when Benaiah killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day. The verse itself is easy to overlook, yet when it’s brought into focus in Chase the Lion, I felt more and more compelled to start pushing against the fear and start pursuing the dreams God has placed on my heart, just like Benaiah did. Once again Mark Batterson writes a book that is not only powerful in its biblical truth and wording, but is relevant for anyone who reads it. Every section of the book radiates personal testimonies and histories that show us prime examples of how God can work in our lives and see us through our trials and hurdles as long as we face our fear instead of run away from it. If you have ever dreamed or aspired to do more with your life, but fear or doubt has held you back, do yourself a favor and read Chase the Lion. It’s simple, yet impacting narrative will inspire and motivate you to no longer let the lion in your life hunt you. It’s time to chase down your dreams and fight for them!
NancyCarm More than 1 year ago
If you liked "In a Pit with a Lion On a Snowy Day", you will no doubt want to read this by virtue of sheer association. Think of this latest addition as an expansion, an unleashing if you will, of the themes of "In a Pit..." and though it's hard to get away from a bit of redundancy and familiar catch phrasiness, there is enough newness and inspiration in "Chase..." to make it worth the read. I will admit, I wrestle a bit with Batterson's tendency to come across as a motivational speaker at times. That's probably because I am just a hopeless cynic, looking to justify my own faithlessness and fear. Or, perhaps a harsh critic. Most likely, a combination of all of the above. But then there's this other, less cynical, kinder, gentler side that embraces the call to faith and challenges us, the readers, to actually step out of our comfort zone and dare to believe God wants to show His glory through us. There's a lot of wrestling in them there pages. It's a good kind of wrestling, though. So whether you're already on board, or if you're up for the fight, and don't mind confronting your inner cynic, Chase the Lion is worth the read.
Hombre58 More than 1 year ago
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 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
224 pages of pure motivation! Chase the Lion follows in Mark Batterson's easy-to-understand, humorous style, and just like the rest of his books- it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to remain seated on the couch. After you binge read (because you can't put it down!) you'll leap into action. This book came at the perfect time for me, and has me more ready than ever to chase down my 500 pound lion! It's more than a book, it's a game-changer.. a life-changer. Highly, highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson hits another home run with this sequel 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! Truly inspiring and motivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Chasing the Lions. By far my favorite book written by Mark Batterson. Ready to go out and make some huge differences in my life. Setting some goals that will need divine intervention.
SCourtneyLawson More than 1 year ago
This book is for everyone who has ever dreamed a dream. It will challenge an inspire you to step out and go for God’s biggest and best for your life. Whether you feel like you’re living the dream, or the candle of your dream is flickering or has gone out, this book will reignite the flame, challenge you to dream a God-sized dream, and transform it into a roaring fire. You owe it to yourself and everyone in your sphere of influence to read this book. Let’s start a movement of Lion Chasers! Buy a copy for yourself and someone you love! Jeremiah 29:11-13 The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Run to the roar. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-given passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Stop pointing out problems. Become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past. Start creating the future. Face your fears. Fight for your dreams. Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let go! Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Dare to fail. Dare to be different. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.
kenott More than 1 year ago
I read Mark's book "in a Pit with a Lion" a few years ago and it impacted the way I went after goals, helped people and looked at challenges in life. This is the sequel to that book, however you don't need to read the first to understand the concepts and lessons being taught in Chase the Lion. This book will challenge you to think about dreams differently, it will challenge you to act differently about those dreams and it will challenge you that in order to succeed in your dream you must help others achieve their dreams, in doing so you will achieve and grow yours. The lessons around legacy really struck me, in a good way. Normally Legacy lessons enforce that you want to leave the places you are better than they were when you got to that place. Mark taught in this book that "your greatest legacy isn't your dream. Your greatest legacy is the next generation of dreamers that your dream inspires - the dreams within a dream."
Redesignigh More than 1 year ago
Every Chapter is Highlighter Worthy! You know it's going to be a good book when you highlight the entire first chapter! "The goal of 'Chase the Lion' isn't simply to help you discover your dream. The best way to discover your dream is to help other people accomplish theirs! " and one of the most profound statements that grabbed my attention was "You have to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention." WOW!!! You mean not play it safe? Rely on only MY abilities to reach my goals? Don't wait..."run to the roar"! Chase the Lion and dream scary dreams that you can't accomplish by yourself! Easy read. Buy multiple copies because you will want to share with everyone you care about!
Di_sam101 More than 1 year ago
In 2006, Mark Patterson wrote, “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day.” Several weeks ago I was given the opportunity to read the follow-up, “Chase The Lion.” I LOVED IT! I’m a follower of Mark’s work and he has never disappointed me. From his books, "If," "All In," and ”The Circle Maker," to everything in-between and all around! This book came at the right time, [God’s timing is perfect. #Chasethelion] I have been struggling with several things, we all do. Page after page my eyes were opened, my mind cleared and my heart was receptive. [Without God’s help, I’m below average. #Chasethelion]. I hope you’ll read the book, apply it to your life and take action today on your take away’s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chase the lion is an inspiring book that encourages you to dream big and let go of your excuses. It's worth reading more than once.
James Hauptman More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson, the Master Storyteller! Eight years ago I read the prequel to this book (In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day). It was a game changer in my life. I realized for the first time that God calls His followers to live courageous lives, rather than defensively. A tag line for this book builds upon that idea: “quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Run to the Roar.” This book will confront you to go after God’s call in your life! Chapter 10 (The Lion’s Den) personally spoke to me. I often define an enterprise by the results; which sometimes can be discouraging. I was reminded that “success isn’t winning or losing; it’s obeying (page 100).” I’ve found that I learn more from my failures than my successes. This chapter was an encouragement that failed ventures doesn’t equal failure with God. For anyone that has a dream and has ever faced discouragement, this book is for you!