Chase the Lion (Book Review)


“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small”, so says Mark Batterson in his newest book, Chase the Lion.  All of us have dreams and aspirations.  Sometimes we are just afraid to chase the dream because of what it will cost.  Other times, because of life’s circumstances, we allow the dream to die.  Chase the Lion will help awaken the sleeping dreams within you, give you the faith to chase those dreams, and help you develop new dreams.

Mark Batterson is a master storyteller.  Throughout the book, he talks about his personal life and the dreams he has chased in his planting of and pastoring his church in Washington, D.C.  He also uses the lives and dreams of others to inspire you to chase your own lions (dreams) no matter the cost.  He inspires people that it’s really possible to go after their dreams.

This work is a sequel to his book from ten years ago, In a Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day.  However, it definitely stands on its own.  He uses characters from King David’s band of mighty men from the Old Testament as illustrations of being lion chasers.  Even though this is written by a Christian pastor, people who are not Christians would benefit greatly from reading this book.

I found this book to be one that I didn’t want to put down.  It is very engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking.  The stories from his own life, as well as the life of others, provide examples of how people overcome great obstacles and odds to achieve their dreams.

Chase The Lion will do one of two things for the reader:  it will either be just an inspirational read, one that they enjoy and put down never to read again or, it will be a catalyst to begin to chase their dreams.

For me personally, the book came at a most opportune time.  I am in the midst of a transition in my life.  Personal tragedies and circumstances caused some of my dreams, held for a long time, to die.  Afraid to dream again, I saw the cover of this book and instantly knew I had to get this book. I honestly felt it was God-ordained for me to read it.

Chase The Lion caused me to want to dream again.  It challenged me to be willing to ask God for great dreams, dreams beyond my comfort zone.  It helped me to realize that chasing lions is costly and, most of the time, scary.  In the end, chasing the lion is well worth it.  Anyone can live with regrets but it takes courage to chase your dreams so that you don’t live with regrets.

box4There are many pithy sayings throughout the book.  There is plenty of food for thought to keep one’s mind stretched and wanting to reach for more.

This will only be an inspirational read for those afraid to go after their dreams.  It will be a good read, one that might stir them for a moment or two.  But for those who are bold enough to chase their lions, this book will be a life source of inspiration and encouragement not to give up when things don’t look well.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.  This is one of those books that I, personally, will want to read once or twice a year to keep myself encouraged, inspired and motivated to not let the lion chase me down, but to chase the lion down and fulfill the dreams of my heart.


I did receive this book from in exchange for my honest review. 

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