Brian Bowman-Chase the Lion

Author of Book: Mark Batterson
Date Read: December 5, 2023

Book Report

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. The author challenges us, “if your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small!”

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?

The author challenges 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 book helped me unleash the faith and courage I needed to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in my life. Starting all over, I began by faith, to take the next natural step. What started out as a small home remodeling service developed into a flooring store. Today, I sell close to 100,000 sq feet of flooring in a small building located in a rural community in North Alabama. Mismanaged success led me here, but well-managed failure is the leading cause to my success today!

Brian Bowman