Recently I read this book Through the Eyes of a Lion and found great inspiration and encouragement. When my son lived in Montana we visited Fresh Life Church in Kalispell where the author of this book, Levi Lusko serves as a pastor. I’m including my review on my blog today because I believe the themes throughout this book are relevant to anyone who has loved and lost someone. I highly recommend reading this book which was just released little more than one week ago. You can learn more about this book and author here and here.
The following is my review:
Through the Eyes of a Lion is a book by a grieving father about the loss of his precious little one. Lusko paints a picture for us all to grieve honestly and embrace every moment of life and live it to the full. He utilizes the vibrant colors of encouragement, hope, and expectation of how God meets us in our deepest valleys. He adds the gray tones of sorrow, grief, and fear and gleaming touches of courage, honesty, and community to create for us a picture that can been seen through the eyes of a lion.
Lusko poses this question in the beginning of the book, “How do you live out an extraordinary calling while doing ordinary things and living in a world that is all screwed up?” In short, his answer is to see life through the eyes of a lion. Like a skilled optician he blends scripture, hashtags, Bible stories, humor, biographical notes about his upbringing and family, as well as modern cultural references. He puts lenses on life’s greatest sadness and struggle to help readers see the bigger theme of calling and community a little more clearly.
His guidance is that “discerning God’s calling is more a relationship than a route, more journey than destination.” Through the loss of a child, he guides us into truth without sugar coating the grief, darkness, and questions he wrestles with today. If you’ve been on the planet for any amount of time you’ve experienced struggle, hopelessness, fear and loneliness. This book illuminates the darkest corners of our fast-paced lives and timeless truths to guide us into the future with hope and assurance of God’s love and presence.
This book is truly inspiring, motivating, and the author’s voice is warm and sincere. Thank you, Lusko family for sharing your story with the world. You are in my prayers.