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Chase the Lion

If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small

Mark Batterson

Category: Church Ministry

About Chase the Lion

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.

Praise

“Chase the Lion is a powerful, passionate, and inspiring message! When you pursue God’s dream for your life, it can be a little scary, but man is it worth it!”
—Tim Tebow

“Creative. Inspiring. Challenging. Batterson’s writings always leave us encouraged, and Chase the Lion is no exception. If you feel as if life has caused you to shrink the size of your dreams, this book is for you!”
—Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, founder of Passion Conferences, and author of The Comeback

“Mark Batterson reminds us to trust in the powerful truth that with God we don’t have to let our thinking be limited. By obeying Him, we let our growing faith push us to dream big and lean in ever closer to Him without fear or hesitation. It’s time to trust in our God, who allows us to accomplish things that seem bigger than we could ever imagine!”
—Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church and author of #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

“We seek out community in everything we do—and our dreams should be no different. In Chase the Lion, Batterson reminds us to come together, share our dreams, and chase after them. And in doing so, we become not only dream chasers but dream catchers for the others in our pride.”
—Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church and New York Times best-selling author

“Chase the Lion fosters an expansive mind-set that drives our willingness to dream bigger than ever before. This mind-set is a choice, a decision, and a belief that God designed and created each of us for greatness, nothing less. If we aren’t courageous and bold enough to extend ourselves and believe that God will give us the capacity for greatness, we will have cheated our potential. This book is for anyone scared of not achieving the real greatness they are capable of.”
—Buzz Williams, head basketball coach at Virginia Tech

“Mark Batterson’s writing has had a profound impact on my life, both personally and professionally. Join me in accepting Mark’s challenge to pursue a dream so big that only God can turn it into a reality. Life is better when you’re chasing lions!”
—Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Washington Redskins

“Pastor Mark has done it again! This is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt discouraged or disappointed. Chase the Lion not only helped me take a fresh look at my life’s purpose, but it also gave me the renewed energy to dream big and work hard. Pastor Mark is truly gifted at making God’s Word accessible and encouraging.”
—Mara Schiavocampo, Good Morning America correspondent

“Mark’s books have inspired me and helped me to inspire our team. Straight from God’s Word, Chase the Lion is a great message for any team and for people in every walk of life.”
—John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens

“Mark Batterson is an outstanding voice among the emerging generation of pastors in the US. He has much wisdom to offer anyone who wants to draw closer to Jesus, combining brilliantly the vision and clarity of a pioneer with the warmth and kindness of a pastor.”
—Nicky Gumbel, vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton

“I just finished Chase the Lion and am in tears, in awe of how my God created me to be a warrior for His great name. Mark’s words force me to ask and answer: What lions am I chasing? What dreams am I dreaming that will make a difference in my children and my children’s children and a hundred years from now?”
—Hugh Freeze Jr., head football coach at the University of Mississippi

About Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark’s newest book is, Chase the Lion, which releases September 6th, 2016. He is the New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker, and has also written a dozen other popular titles including If, Wild Goose Chase, and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at www.markbatterson.com.

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Product Details

224 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Sep 6, 2016

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

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Click Here to download the first chapter of Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson About Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson 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! 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 II 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.

Press Release

New York Times Best-selling Author Issues A Bold Challenge to Conquer Fear and Pursue Impossible Dreams
 
New York Times bestselling author and pastor Mark Batterson says it’s time for Christians to truly believe God for the seemingly impossible dreams that He has placed in their hearts. Yet fear has kept many of them from even taking the first step towards this scary 500-pound lion.

In Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small (Multnomah, Sept. 6, 2016), Batterson delivers a bold and radical message to believers everywhere: “It’s time to quit playing it safe and conquer the lion!” He encourages readers to chase ideas so impossible that victory demands they face their fears, defy the odds, and hold tight to God.
 
“Our greatest regret at the end of our lives will be the God-ordained opportunities we left on the table, the God-given passions we didn’t pursue, and the God-sized dreams we didn’t go after because we let fear dictate our decisions,” Batterson says.
 
“Chase the Lion” is Batterson’s life motto and the book is the much-anticipated thematic sequel to his seminal In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, which focused entirely on the obscure story in II Samuel of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it.
 
In Chase the Lion, Batterson provides practical insight from the stories of David’s mighty men and also brings the reader through many modern stories of lion chasers who boldly advanced past their fears and mistakes into their destiny. Ranging from inventors to families pursuing a child to adopt, he shows how, when these men and women finally saw their dream become a reality, they left a remarkable legacy that would bless future generations. 
 
Batterson is pastor of National Community Church (NCC) in Washington D.C., known for its great influence and innovative ministry in eight locations throughout the city. In the book, he recounts the remarkable ways God has helped his team overcome great obstacles and establish their unique ministry centers. These include Miracle Church (housed in a movie theater) and Ebenezer’s, the largest coffee shop on Capitol Hill.
 
For those who don’t have a dream yet, Batterson says, “The best way to discover your dream is to help others accomplish theirs!”
 
Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, the revolutionary message of Chase the Lion will help unleash the faith and courage people need to identify, chase, and catch the 500-hundred pound dreams in their lives. For more information, visit www.chasethelion.com.
 
Praise for Chase the Lion
“Creative. Inspiring. Challenging. Batterson’s writings always leave us encouraged, and Chase the Lion is no exception. If you feel as if life has caused you to shrink the size of your dreams, this book is for you!”
Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, founder of Passion Conferences, and author of The Comeback
 
Chase the Lion is a powerful, passionate, and inspiring message! When you pursue God’s dream for your life, it can be a little scary, but man is it worth it!”
Tim Tebow
 
“Pastor Mark has done it again! This is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt discouraged or disappointed. Chase the Lion not only helped me take a fresh look at my life’s purpose, but it also gave me the renewed energy to dream big and work hard. Pastor Mark is truly gifted at making God’s Word accessible and encouraging.”
Mara Schiavocampo, Good Morning America correspondent
 
“Mark Batterson reminds us to trust in the powerful truth that with God we don’t have to let our thinking be limited. By obeying Him, we let our growing faith push us to dream big and lean in ever closer to Him without fear or hesitation. It’s time to trust in our God, who allows us to accomplish things that seem bigger than we could ever imagine!”
Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church and author of #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World
 
About the Author:
Mark Batterson is the New York Times best-selling author of a dozen books, including The Circle Maker and Wild Goose Chase. His first book—In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day—is being re-released with new bonus material by Multnomah on August 16, 2016.
 
Batterson is the founder and lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC), one church with seven locations. It’s one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. NCC also owns and operates Ebenezer’s, the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. He’s been featured on many media outlets including The Washington Post, The Glenn Beck Program, Relevant, Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family and The 700 Club. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.

Visit him online at:
www.MarkBatterson.com
www.Facebook.com/MarkBatterson
www.Twitter.com/MarkBatterson

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By jennifer jones

I've Instagrammed and FB'd this book numerous times in the last six months. Loved this book. Just posted this to Amazon: (Five stars) I loved this book so much. I read it slowly because I didn't want it to end and treated it more like a daily devo. Batterson is a great writer (no ghost writing used here), down to earth, and real. I underlined and highlighted all over this book. It's filled with great wisdom, encouragement, and just what I...

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By Tony Brackemyre

Just over five years ago I posted a review on Mark Battersonâ??s In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Last week I finished reading a follow-up to it called Chase the Lion. The newest offering used In a Pit with a Lion as a literary springboard and continued looking at Benaiah as well as several other of Davidâ??s Mighty Men written about in the Old Testament.The byline of Chase the Lion is this: If Your Dream Doesnâ??t Scare You, Itâ??s Too...

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By Micah Hasty

Chase the Lion is - in a way - a sequel to Mark Batterson's In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. Chase the Lion presents a clear call - it's a call to courageous living. He calls the reader to dream bigger dreams and have bigger goals. These both stem from an understanding of who God is. A high view of God presents a high view of what He can do! While this is not necessarily new content for Mark Batterson's read base - it is an incredible...

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By Steve Watson

I always love the way Mark Batterson challenges conventional thinking. Chase the Lion challenges readers to not give up on dreams when they "fail" but rather to dream bigger and bolder dreams. The metaphor of not only facing the lions ( fears) in our lives but to chase after them is a challenge that I intend to accept! 

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By Melissa Fuller

My husband had read In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day several years ago and raved about it.  I was thrilled to get my hands on Chase the Lion, as it is a sequel to In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  The first book was inspired from 2 Samuel 23, where a warrior name Benaiah chases a lion into a pit on a snowy day.  Most people would never attempt this nor believe they could defeat a lion like Benaiah did.  The second book, Chase the Lion,...

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