Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chase the Lion ~ book review


Good morning Folks ~ I just finished a book that I want to share with you.

“Chase The Lion ~ If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small” ~ by Mark Batterson

What an inspiring book this was to read right while I was preparing for Hurricane Matthew. Was I scared? I most certainly was.  This was my first hurricane without my dear husband by my side. We were always a team, and getting ready for a possible big hit from this storm by myself and the fear of it was almost overwhelming. But I did it with God right by my side. Four young men boarded up my little cottage, and Miss Tork, my feline companion, and I stayed right here.

This was just one of a few 500-lb lions for me to face in my life. My faith is in Jesus, and He kept this storm off shore, for that I am very thankful.

Another 500-lb lion that I face every single day is living my life as a widow. When you lose the love of your life after being together for a long time, 43 years for us, your life is drastically changed. There are challenges you never had to face alone, and part of you is missing.

The one thing that keeps me going is knowing God is taking care of me. He is my strength when I am weak. He is with me every step of this journey and He has great things in store for me. He works all things out for good.

There are so many wonderful examples in this book about people facing obstacles in their lives and overcoming them, moving on to greater experiences, in business, health, and living life. This was an encouraging and uplifting book to read.

Some quotes from this book that have inspired me are below:

"Make each day your masterpiece."

"God is bigger than any giant we face."

"When we operate in faith, we aren't risking our reputation. We're risking God's reputation! And God can handle Himself just fine."

"Sometimes you have to take a stand by taking a step."

"The hardest part of any dream journey is starting. You can't finish what you don't start."

"The Enemy comes to steal your joy, kill your dreams, and destroy your life. Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly."

"Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."

"Don't accumulate possesions; accumulate experiences."

"Don't settle for good. Seek God. And when you do, don't be surprised when God does immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine!"


There’s much more to read in this book. It has really inspired me to keep trusting in God, to take those steps of faith in my journey, no matter what I may face. All for God’s glory, and it will be worth it in the end.

I received this book from Blogging for Books, for reading and giving my honest review of it.


Are you facing any 500-lb lions?

Ask God for help.

Take that first step and be ready for an adventure.

Sincerely ~ FlowerLady


Kim said...

Sounds like a great book...I love things like this. Thanks for the recommendation!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Yes,I do agree, that life as a widow can be scary at times.There are days when I think I can go on alone and other days,I'm not so sure.Thankfully I always have God at my side.I will have to check out that booklet sounds good.

Maryann said...

Sounds like an interesting book, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommend

Celestina Marie said...

Sounds like a great read. Thank you for sharing and recommending. I love inspirational books like this one. Blessings for a great weekend ahead. xo

Traditional Simplicity said...

I love it! What great timing for me since I am indeed facing a lion and need the reminder I can look him in the eye and say "God's got my back off!"

Hugs to you,

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love inspirational books and this one sounds wonderful, Lorraine! Love all the quotes you shared and that it helped you face the fear of dealing with that nasty storm all alone. I firmly believe that we are never alone, that we have many guiding us, including Angels, loved ones passed on, and of course, the Almighty. I don't think I could have made it through life without my firm belief in divine guidance and protection. Right now I am worried about my daughter and her baby about to be born. There have been so many difficulties......but I am giving it over to God now. I am praying all goes well. I think I need that book! Sending hugs xo Karen

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

Your words are mine
could live no other way.
A 20 year marriage with 4 children
and then divorce.
Solo now 40 years and could not have made it
without the Lord
every minute of the way
Sometimes so difficult
but I have made it....

tina said...

It sounds like a wonderful inspiring book. I'm so glad it helped you through. I really admire you for sharing your journey of widowhood so publicly.

Junkchiccottage said...

This sounds like a very good book. Glad you were ok with Hurricane Matthew. It must be so very hard to have all these firsts to do alone without your sweet hubby. You are an inspiration to others that have lost their soul mates that proves life can go on with God in your corner. So happy you have your faith to keep you strong through the rough days without your hubby. Wishing you a good weekend.

Deb said...

Sounds like a good inspiring book! I will be looking for this one! Thanks and have a lovely weekend!

Darcie said...

THose are some great gems that you shared from that book...sound very interesting!

Rebecca said...

The quotes are great! Thanks for the review.
Hope your coming week finds you active, encouraged, blessing others and being a blessing ♥

Stacey said...

Lorraine, I enjoyed reading this - the quotes especially. I can't imagine what it's like to lose your mate after 43 years! We do all face big lions and trusting God helps every day.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Thank you Lorraine! Even several quotes from this book are inspiring.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What an inspirational book you've shared with us, Lorraine. This journey of widowhood leaves us without our Rock and Knight in Shining Armor, but thankfully, we have Our Lord to carry us along the way.

Jillayne said...

Those are all very wise words, wonderful quotes and thoughts you can hold on to. You are amazing, and you inspire me.
So glad everything is ok!