My family and I have had the blessing to visit events where Pastor Levi is serving. Seeing him during the Harvest Crusades and at a Leadership Conference at Calvary Chapel Tucson really helps you to feel where his heart is. I’ve loved his teaching and methods of service for a long time. Seeing a pastor lead a church, while still young, with a family, and with artwork on his skin, makes me feel even more centered with what God can do.
When we heard the news of Lenya’s passing, even though we had never met, we cried. Knowing what it’s like to be a parent, to have the love for your children…we could not even imagine what Levi and Jennie were going through. Sending prayers and hugs online (since we were far from them) was the only way to let them know that we cared and were praying for them.
Seeing the story in writing, did multiple things. It brought a smile to your face, laughter to your heart and tears to your eyes. It was a blessing to hear that Pastor Levi is real. He had questions…he had regrets. Some of the “teachers” in today’s world try to make it seem as if they are perfect, and God only loves you when you are, too. Myself, knowing that we will never be perfect, found it comforting to know that this great man, who spreads the gospel and shares the Word, so well – was still human.
Reading Pastor Levi’s story, and hearing the story of Pastor Greg Laurie with the loss of his son years ago, made you realize that no matter what, we all deal with tragedy, unhappiness and grief. The bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to…”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Jesus himself had grief. The shortest verse in the bible is “Jesus Wept”. Having sadness, having anger, having guilt are normal. It’s just knowing that there are others out there, that have dealt with it, too. We must remember to open up, ask for help or for someone to just be there. When you feel that nobody else has gone through something…think again.
This book was amazing. Some of the pieces really touched my heart, here are a few of them:
“What happens in God’s house on Sunday is absolutely key to making it through Saturday.”
“This is how God rolls. He puts to use what He puts us through.”
“Earth is not our home, heaven is.”
“True bravery isn’t feeling no fear – it’s being afraid and moving forward anyway.”
Amen to all of those, right? Being a part of the street team and blogger community for this book brings me joy. Knowing that sweet little Lenya Lion, who is no longer here with us on earth, is up in heaven smiling. Seeing her story being spread around the world by her amazing father. Letting people know that there are ways to get through things like this and that the best is yet to come.
What will you do when the unthinkable happens in your life?
Her parents called her Lenya Lion because of her ferocious personality and hair that had been wild and mane-like since birth. But they never expected that, five days before Christmas, their five-year-old daughter would suddenly go to heaven after an asthma attack. How do you walk out of an emergency room without your daughter?
In Through the Eyes of a Lion, Pastor Levi Lusko shares the eye-opening truth of the power of hope in a world that is often filled with pain, suffering, and loss. He says, “This book isn’t a manual for grieving, but a manifesto for high-octane living, and through it I want you to see that God made you for a purpose. There is a wild and wonderful calling on your life, a microphone in your hands. Jesus wants you to look at the adventure of your life through His eyes, the eyes of a Lion.”
Part memoir but all overtly instructive and deeply inspirational, Through the Eyes of a Lion gives readers the tools they need to face their fears and turn their journey into a roar story.
Chapter themes include:
- Don’t rely on the naked eye
- Run towards the roar
- There’s no such thing as a wireless anchor
- Let God use your pain
- Cue the eagle
What we do in life really does echo in eternity. You are destined for impact, and there’s not a moment to lose!
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication Date: 08/04/2015
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Levi Lusko is the pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multi-site church in Montana, and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. He serves as host for Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades, and has worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a creative consultant. He and his wife Jennie have four daughters, Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven.
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