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

Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: “Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it” (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within!

What if the life you really want, and the future God wants for you, is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure…your greatest fear?

Story Behind the Book
“Our best days often start out as our worst days. And our greatest opportunities are often disguised as our biggest problems. You can land in a pit with a lion on a snowy day, and it will seem like the end of the road. But God is in the recycling business. He recycles past experiences and uses them to prepare us for future opportunities. That is the story of my life. And that is the story of your life. Look in the rearview mirror long enough and you’ll see that God has purposely positioned you everywhere you’ve been—even when it seemed you’d taken a wrong turn.”
—Mark Batterson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601422088
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/19/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 62,052
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( www.theaterchurch.com ) in Washington DC . Targeting emerging generations, 73 percent of NCCers are single twentysomethings that live or work on Capitol Hill. Currently one church with three locations, the vision of NCC is to meet in movie theaters @ metro stops throughout the DC area. The theaterchurch.com podcast is one of the fastest-growing church podcasts in America . Mark is also a daily blogger @ www.markbatterson.com . Mark lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and three children.

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In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 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!
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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Michael_Wilson70 More than 1 year ago
In this book, Mark Batterson does a great job of challenging the reader to believe that God can do great things through "ordinary people". He takes a very obscure passage of scripture, one that most people would simply overlook, and makes a great case for the amazing things that God can do for someone who would be willing to believe. In this book, Mark gives us seven things that "lion-chasers" need to do: * Overcome adversity * Unlearn fears * Embrace uncertainty * Calculate risks * Seize opportunities * Defy the odds * Look foolish This book will challenge your faith and give you courage to face the things that come your way. An opportunity is always in front of you if you will just learn to see it and embrace it. Using stories from his own journey and the journey of others, Mark gives great examples of how to chase lions and be an overcomer. I had seen this book recommended for a couple of years now and I had been wanting to read it. I am so glad that I did. As a pastor, it is something that every church member should read. As one that is often times afraid to take risks this book gave me courage to go after the lions in my life. Mark encourages the reader to look for opportunities before us that could advance us in our lives. You never know when by chasing a lion into a pit on a snowy day your whole life will change. So, read this book and go chase a lion. This book is a very easy read. I had a hard time putting it down. I got a lot of great quotes and illustrations from this book. It's one of those books that will need to be reread when one needs a good faith-lift. Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group sent me this book for free for this review - the views expressed are my own.
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Danny_G More than 1 year ago
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson *The following review is my own and not that of any other. I received a complimentary copy for this review* This was a fabulous read as I started it on Friday night and finished it Saturday morning. Not only was I anxious to keep reading but the content was well written. The premise of the book is what does a person do when faced with an opportunity: fight or flee? Does he/she face the lion in a pit or does he/she run? Mr. Batterson challenges the reader to fight the lion, whatever the "lion" may be. Why look back over your life with regret because of lost opportunity? Instead, accept that God has placed circumstances in your life to strengthen, instruct, mold, and challenge you. Fight your lions and see what miracles God can do through you. That is the intent of this book and it was presented well. I highly recommend this book for those that need encouragement to continue in a difficult time and for those that are fearful of unforeseen outcomes. A very good read.
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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson is a book about chasing after your God-given dreams. While I think there were a few good things said, I didn't feel like this book really said a whole lot that helped me. I feel like the book focused too much on us and not enough on God. It's one of those books that takes people from the Bible and tries to make them modern. The whole tone is very casual, and I think Batterson is also trying to amuse you as well as teach you. The book does indeed have some sentences that can make you think. It talks about fear, and it talks about taking a step of faith. Batterson often uses stories from the Bible to make points or get you thinking, but he doesn't include many Bible verses or passages. In short, I believe there are a few good points here and there, but a good amount of the book is fluff. And it didn't help me a whole lot in my walk with God. I received my copy of this book free from Blogging for Books.
MatthewJM More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson writes about taking on the opportunities that come about in life like Benaiah faced and killed a lion in 2 Samuel 23:20. Mark stresses the need to live a Spirit-led life of risk and uncertainty rather than playing it safe and missing God-ordained opportunities. In short, be a lion-chaser in seeing opportunities, taking risks, and trusting God. This book was a great inspiration and challenging for my walk in taking opportunities "by the horns" in my walk of faith. The one frustration and criticism I have is that I felt like Mark added details to the story of Benaiah. There were many things that Mark talked about concerning Benaiah's interaction with this lion, but cannot be seen in the Scripture reference. Other than these occasional imaginations, I thought it was a good read. I would recommend it to a friend, especially if they are struggling with purpose in life or their work. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review