What a great read. The Central Metaphor of this book comes from 2 Samuel 23. It’s the Story of Benaiah chasing a lion in a pit and killing it. Benaiah later became David’s Chief Body Guard. Batterson reveals that Benaiah’s elevated status really started when he chased this lion.
Batterson then goes on to show how time after time God brings lions into our lives to chase, that might seem insignificant at the time but really they are the first steps into persuing what God ultimatley has in store for us.
Risk is scary, but it’s worth it. And when we stop taking risks then we really stop seeing the opportunities that Brings into our lives. As a student ministries pastor who is about to make some major transitions in our ministry that could be really successful or it could fail completly, this book rang the bell for me. I have a lot of opportunites and the first step is scary but I know it’s what God wants us to do. So we are going ahead and making the change.
If you are staring down some lions, goals or dreams, that God has brought into your life, then you need to read this book. It’s incredibly practical, fun to read, and full of great insights. Mark Batterson’s writing style is more like a coach in your corner then an expert writing from the ivory tower of success. He’s in the trenches, he’s on the journey, and he’s trying to help others in their journey.
Bottom Line, read this book. Tell others about it, and while you’re at it you might as well subscribe to their podcast so that you can get a supplemental tool for your readings.