In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

by Mark Batterson

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ISBN-13: 9781601429292
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 31,439
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC), one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with eight campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University. He and his wife, Lora, have three children, and love living on Capitol Hill.

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Locking Eyes with Your Lion
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Table of Contents

A Note from the Author: A Decade of Dreams 9

Chapter 1 Locking Eyes with Your Lion 13

Chapter 2 The Odd Thing About Odds 25

Chapter 3 Unlearning Your Fears 45

Chapter 4 The Art of Reframing 63

Chapter 5 Guaranteed Uncertainty 83

Chapter 6 Playing It Safe Is Risky 105

Chapter 7 Grab Opportunity by the Mane 129

Chapter 8 The Importance of Looking Foolish 151

Chapter 9 Unleash the Lion Chaser Within 171

Chapter 10 The Multiplication Anointing 177

Acknowledgments 187

Endnotes 189

An excerpt from Chase the Lion 195

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In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Batterson puts life's challenges in perspective. He encourages self exploration through trust in God and ACTION on His principles. 'In A Pit With A Lion' is a summary of several self-help books, both Christian and secular. He incorporates the principles of Peale's 'Positive Thinking', Robbins' 'Awaken the Giant' and 'Unlimited Power', and King David's heart and spirit. A must read for one who needs the Spirit to blow out the spiritual dust of years of a broken mind or troubled heart. It has been a while since an author put me to tears. Batterson achieved it.
mr_jones23 More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson's In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day owes its title and central argument to Benaiah, an often overlooked person, mentioned in 2 Samuel. Benaiah, eschewing the normal response when coming face-to-face with a predator in the wild, chases a lion into a snowy pit and kills it. Eventually Benaiah would rise from lion chaser to David's bodyguard all the way to commander-in-chief of the armies of Israel. All because he was the kind of person who looked on adversities as opportunities Batterson postulates that God is calling us all to be lion chasers as well. For us to embrace our lion chasing skills, Batterson explores seven required skills: Overcoming adversity Unlearning fears Embracing uncertainty Calculating risks Seizing opportunities Defying Odds Looking foolish He mentions, several times, the importance of stepping out in faith. “Most of us want absolute certainty before we step out in faith. We love 100-percent money-back guarantees. But the problem with that is this: It takes faith out of the equation. There is no such thing as risk-free faith. And you can't experience success without risking failure.” I know I am guilty of second guessing myself and wanting to be 100% sure when I make a decision. It almost never comes to 100% certainty and I know I have missed out on a number of opportunities because I was unwilling to make the final leap of faith. This book challenges you to do just that, and does so in a very accessible and enthusiastic way. Lion chasers “recognize that the best you can do if you run away from a lion is break even. You might save your skin, but you won't have a lion skin hanging on your wall either.” What an outstanding read! FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
LUStudent More than 1 year ago
The title of the book caught my attention right away. It is inspiring as well as thought provoking. A lot of churches and pastors these days shy away from the Old Testament. I am so thankful that Mark Batterson chose to embrace this man's story and expound on how to apply it to our lives today.
J_Alfred_Prufrock More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson does an excellent job of being inspirational without being a cheerleader. This book is a perfect mixture of sound theological thought, biblical basis mixed with "ordinary" people that aspire to great things. I find his humor refreshing and necessary. Necessary because some of his insight is so deep it literally made my brain hurt. In a Pit focuses on a seldom used passage concerning one of David's might men named Benaiah and his chasing of a lion into a pit on a snowy day. One creature survives the tussle, of course being one Benaiah. While the thought of David's mighty men has been over played in conferences and by many a church leader, Batterson's treatment is refreshing. If you enjoy deep thinking written on an easy to digest level, this book is certainly for you. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.
Ericka Hidalgo More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! Encourages you to not only push beyond your limits but to pursue what appears to be unattainable. More specific-God size dreams/goals. Always aware that when you do, you set the stage for a miracle. For what is impossible with man is possible with God!
bsanner on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Laced with personal stories from Batterson¿s work at National Community Church (Washington, DC), In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day offers inspiration for overcoming fears, taking risks, and seizing opportunities for the glory of God. Although exegetically shallow, Batterson seizes on an obscure biblical reference (2 Sam. 23:20-21) as his central metaphor for risk, opportunity, and faith. Often times, Batterson argues, our greatest fears can become our greatest opportunities to live out the adventure of faith. B+
MarthaHuntley on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The title of this book, based like The Prayer of Jabez on a fairly obscure passage and character in scripture, is very clever. The book calls or encourages the reader to risk more for God. But the tone is an annoying blend of perky/preachy. (It might preach better than it reads). I enjoyed about 10% of the book, and found about three pages helpful. Maybe other readers will find it more inspiring and respond more favorably.
tog512 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
What a gift this book is for anyone who is struggling with how to break out of patterns of living that hold you back from experiencing all the life altering opportunities God has waiting for you.
navets on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Any book that draws me into the story of the author - NOT just a bunch of talk about other people - but stories from the author¿s real-life really brings me satisfaction in book-reading!Mark Batterson is the founding pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC. The stories from Mark¿s life littered throughout the chapters of the book build the theme of the book into a more-doable lifestyle.The book revolves around the story of Benaiah from 2 Samuel 23. It¿s a story of Benaiah literally jumping after a lion in a pit and killing him. Pretty gruesome, pretty intense - pretty great reminder of `lions¿ in our lives that we need to jump on and kill!
brinnafrieds on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book had some great things to say about making the most of every opportunity, but it was incredibly repetitive. I feel like the whole book could have been condensed to one chapter. Regardless, it challenged me to view my problems and challenges as opportunities to see God.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY is the first book I read by Dr. Mark Batterson. My son read it before I did, then my sixteen year old daughter read it, and now finally I was able to finish it (I started it a long time ago, but it was taken away from me by children so they could read it.) I was fascinated by the quotes I read from this book on twitter and I finally went and looked it up on Amazon and bought a copy (so I am a verified buyer, if Amazon kept track of that back then). This is based on an obscure passage of scripture, which I went and looked up and read several times, asked my pastor husband about, and studied up on myself. And this book IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY tells some of Dr. Batterson's stories about starting his church, dreaming big, reaching for the dreams, and basically chasing down the lions that want to kill your dreams and killing them. My son and daughter and I all greatly enjoyed this book and I bought two more books by Dr. Batterson to read. My daughter said "Mark Batterson is quickly becoming my favorite nonfiction writer." I said "You mean, pastor?" And she said "No, writer. I've never been to his church." Me neither. So yes. He is definitely ranked among my favorite nonfiction writers too. IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY is a great read, encouraging, motivating, and inspiring. If you haven't read it yet, you'll want to. Highly recommended. I bought a copy of this book, all opinions are my own and I was not required to write a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY is the first book I read by Dr. Mark Batterson. My son read it before I did, then my sixteen year old daughter read it, and now finally I was able to finish it (I started it a long time ago, but it was taken away from me by children so they could read it.) I was fascinated by the quotes I read from this book on twitter and I finally went and looked it up on Amazon and bought a copy (so I am a verified buyer, if Amazon kept track of that back then). This is based on an obscure passage of scripture, which I went and looked up and read several times, asked my pastor husband about, and studied up on myself. And this book IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY tells some of Dr. Batterson's stories about starting his church, dreaming big, reaching for the dreams, and basically chasing down the lions that want to kill your dreams and killing them. My son and daughter and I all greatly enjoyed this book and I bought two more books by Dr. Batterson to read. My daughter said "Mark Batterson is quickly becoming my favorite nonfiction writer." I said "You mean, pastor?" And she said "No, writer. I've never been to his church." Me neither. So yes. He is definitely ranked among my favorite nonfiction writers too. IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY is a great read, encouraging, motivating, and inspiring. If you haven't read it yet, you'll want to. Highly recommended. I bought a copy of this book, all opinions are my own and I was not required to write a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY is the first book I read by Dr. Mark Batterson. My son read it before I did, then my sixteen year old daughter read it, and now finally I was able to finish it (I started it a long time ago, but it was taken away from me by children so they could read it.) I was fascinated by the quotes I read from this book on twitter and I finally went and looked it up on Amazon and bought a copy (so I am a verified buyer, if Amazon kept track of that back then). This is based on an obscure passage of scripture, which I went and looked up and read several times, asked my pastor husband about, and studied up on myself. And this book IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY tells some of Dr. Batterson's stories about starting his church, dreaming big, reaching for the dreams, and basically chasing down the lions that want to kill your dreams and killing them. My son and daughter and I all greatly enjoyed this book and I bought two more books by Dr. Batterson to read. My daughter said "Mark Batterson is quickly becoming my favorite nonfiction writer." I said "You mean, pastor?" And she said "No, writer. I've never been to his church." Me neither. So yes. He is definitely ranked among my favorite nonfiction writers too. IN A PIT WITH A LION ON A SNOWY DAY is a great read, encouraging, motivating, and inspiring. If you haven't read it yet, you'll want to. Highly recommended. I bought a copy of this book, all opinions are my own and I was not required to write a review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
In a Pit with Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson is celebrating 10 years from it's original publication date. This newly released copy has some added bonus material along with the original book material. I have read several of Mark Batterson's books and found them to be just what I needed at the time. I didn't read this book the first time around for some unknown reason except that it is just what I needed to read now. As Batterson says of another reader,"God is never early, and He is never late! He's always right on time, His time!" What lion is God calling you to chase? This book shares 7 different skills you will need if you want to be a lion chaser, that is if you want to be someone who boldly goes after what God is calling you to do even if it sounds like too big of a dream to chase. Batterson starts out the book by offering Biblical advice centered around the story of Benaiah chasing a lion in 2 Samuel 23:24-25. Throughout the rest of In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, Batterson shares Biblical wisdom, stories from his life and stories from the lives of other Christians to encourage readers to not let their fears get in the way and to follow dreams and paths that God has designed for them. I found In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day to be an interesting and easy book to read. I am not sure it will be so easy to catch my own lion in a pit, but I do know that I feel inspired to ask God what it is that He wants me to do next and to spend time close to Him listening for the answer. I would encourage you to read this book, if you haven't already, and do the same. While I have read the Bible through more than once, this story didn't really stick with me until reading Batterson's book. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a lot out of this book. I really enjoyed it, but beware - I tried to do this book as a chapter a day. The chapter are really long and have a lot of information crammed into them. A lot of the material gets really repetitive. I'm not sure if that is what Mark intended, but it does drag the book on a bit.
reniegenie More than 1 year ago
Inspirational and motivational, with a good kick-in-the-pants! Mark Batterson hits the nail on the head with this book - Christianity isn't about passive prayers on survival; it's about going after God's will and purpose for your life. Such a great reminder of God's power and our call to co-labor with Him. Easy and enjoyable read - I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sighs and pads away to Forestclan at running river res 2-3.
Shari4 More than 1 year ago
An excellent book about how to get the most out of life - how to really ignite your soul and live a spiritual life.
JFHoyer More than 1 year ago
In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day – Mark Batterson     It took me a long time to make it through this book – not because it wasn’t interesting – but because it was challenging and invited me to take risks and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that.  Using the obscure story of King David’s friend Benaiah, who chased down and killed a lion in a pit, Batterson asks you to consider “What lion is God calling you to chase?”  This is not a book for those who want to stay in a comfortable bubble.  It is a book for those who want to be motivated to take risks for God and to answer his call.      “Points to Remember” at the end of each chapter, would make this well adaptable to a small group study for those who want to be challenged beyond the tamer stuff we typically use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a game changer type of book if you let it.
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