This is my first time reading a book by Mark Batterson despite the fact that I have had The Circle Maker on my bookshelf for nearly a year, a fact that I am now regretting, as I am really enjoying Chase The Lion.

This book is a call to obedience. It asks you to follow your dreams for the glory of God. It encourages you to search the scriptures for the truth and to be a light where you are, while also working hard to get where you want to be.

In Chase The Lion Mark links quotable one liners with scripture, with personal anctedotes, with historical and contemporary stories of both success and failure… and somehow makes it all work. (I really want to know how he came across some of the more obscure stories in his book! As it’s hard to believe he could have found them just by searching for things related to the point he was trying to make.)

And even though I may have some doctrinal differences with him, his words in Chase The Lion make me want to get up and do something. I want to pursure those projects that I have felt were “too big.” And I want to do it in a way that glorifies God. So I think this book succeeded in it’s objective.

My criticisms: I wish the beginning of the book was less quoteable one and two liners and more in depth stories. I loved what Mr. Batterson was saying, I just wanted a little more meat to start.


I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher but the opinions in this review are completely my own.