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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day [Kindle Edition]

Mark Batterson
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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


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“A thoughtful and energetic leader, Mark Batterson presses us to consider how we live out our faith in the world around us. When Mark has something to say, I am quick to listen.”
-Frank Wright, PhD, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

“Mark Batterson is one of the outstanding younger leaders in the U.S. today. As a pastor, he demonstrates his gifts and character in leadership and preaching. As a writer, he communicates wisdom and hope with both energy and clarity.”
-Brian McLaren, Author and activist

“As a leader and teacher, Mark Batterson brings imagination, energy, and insight. Mark’s genuine warmth and sincerity spill over into his communication, combining an intense love for his community with a passionate desire to see them living the life God dreams for them. I appreciate his willingness to take bold risks and go to extraordinary lengths to reach our culture with a message that is truly relevant.”
-Ed Young, Senior pastor, Fellowship Church 

“Mark Batterson is one of the church’s most forward thinkers. In this book, he compels us to look both behind and ahead to discover answers to the ‘whys’ in our lives. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day helps us make sense of this beautiful mess we call life.”
-Lindy Lowry, Editor, Outreach magazine

“Mark Batterson is down-to-earth and humble—yet constantly pushes me to grow. I follow him as a leader, admire him as an innovator, and love him as a friend. Mark has become one of the most important voices for a new generation. Anything he touches changes lives. Read this book and you’ll see what I mean.”
-Craig Groeschel, Pastor of Lifechurch.tv, author of Chazown and Confessions of a Pastor

“Mark’s passion for God and our generation is contagious. His writing is honest and insightful. Go ahead—chase the lion!”
-Margaret Feinberg, Author of What the Heck Am I Going to Do With My Life?

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 262 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590527151
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (August 19, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E2NXAM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it snow..... November 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
I thought this book would be a quick read. However, each chapter is so packed with revelation and wisdom it takes time, well spent, to take it all in. There are a few themes that have really stayed with me as I have read this book:

God will turn my bad break into a big break!

Do the best with what you have where you are!

When it comes to God, there are no degrees of difficulty!

If we learn from our mistakes, there is no failure (my favorite)!

Faith is embracing the uncertainties of life!

No problem = no miracle!!

The more challenges we face, the more God can use us!

CHASE THE LION!!!!!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Chase the lion!

That is the recurring theme that stalks and roars at readers as they consume the meat of Mark Batteron's new book "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day."

Alright, enough with the lion jokes.

Based on an obscure passage in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel (23:29,30) Mark Batterson challenges his readers to face the lions in their lives head on with courage and faith. He centers his book on the story of an Israelite warrior who encounters a lion in a pit on a snowy day. The twist is that rather than running away from the lion as most people would be prone to do, this courageous solider jumps into the pit and kills it.

It is a bold move, a fearless and counter-intuitive act. And it is an act that perfectly illustrates the kind of life Batterson believes should be the norm for people who follow Jesus Christ. People whom Mark labels: lion chasers.

The majority of the book is built on the seven skills that Batterson believes will help people "climb out of the slipperiest pits and chase the biggest lions." These skills are: overcoming adversity, unlearning fears, embracing uncertainty, calculating risks, seizing opportunities, defying odds, and looking foolish.

Each of the chapters in the book highlights one of the seven skills and describes how it applies to a life of lion chasing. The chapters are easy to read and the main points in each one are clear and well illustrated. Using an effective blend of intellect, humor, candor and Scripture he artfully makes his case for the necessity and development of each skill. Coupled with a writing style that is both easily understandable and doable, Batterson provides his readers with needed insights on how to develop the 7 habits of highly effective lion chasing.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Entire Theology Based on an Obscure Story December 21, 2011
In this book, Pastor Mark Batterson takes a rather obscure and short story and develops an entire theology of risk taking. Benaiah struck down a lion in a pit on a snowy day. From there he writes 170 pages about why we should take risks too.

His argument isn't all bad...risk taking for Jesus is good. But we know very little about this particular story about Benaiah. Batterson takes very good helping of artistic license to imagine what must have been the case, the motives, etc.

Interspersed he gives a few real life examples of people who took some big risks or did something they were fearful of. Fair enough, but this doesn't mean all of us should leave our jobs for something totally different or less secure. And there are certainly people who thought they were following the will of God and indeed they weren't.

The pressing need for Christians today in the States is not to be more risky, be a "lion chaser" but to simply walk in step with the Spirit, living a life of love, joy and peace. Imagine what would happen in our homes, schools, and neighborhoods if Christians started focusing on the simplicity of living for Jesus. No need to leave jobs, go to far away lands and so on. We can deny ourselves in our own homes, jobs, and communities.

Batterson uses very little Scripture in the book to make his arguments. The reader will often find "I think God...", or "Perhaps..." , or plain declarations about God that are just plain questionable.

"I believe that somewhere deep down inside all of us there is a primal longing to do something crazy for God. We want to chase a lion like Benaiah." There's an assumed implication here that one needs to do something outrageous, major, or significant.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of despair...hope October 20, 2006
Format:Paperback
Now here's a metaphor that resonates with me. Ever wrestled one of life's lions? Still have the wounds and scars to prove it? Do you, even years later, feel battered and beaten by the experience? If so, Mark Batterson has an incredble message for you. He certainly had an incredible message for me!

To quote Madison Avenue and Snickers, "Sometimes life comes at you fast." Mark's message is that everything that is happening now and has happened in the past are invaluable tools to help us reach the the glorious potential God desires for us.

...And if you haven't exactly squared off with one of life's great lions yet, this book with undoubtedly inspire you to become a lion chaser!

Mark has a profound gift for communicating spiritual truth in a way that really, really resonates. I cannot begin to articulate how marvelous this book is. What a wonderful read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Good lessons.
Batterson lays out a great argument and p,an for chasing the lions God would have each of us chase. I recommend this book!
Published 11 days ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was freekin awesome!
This could change the world, and or your outlook on life. It will show you the bigger things God can do through you, with your courage through his faith.
Published 12 days ago by Ian Guido
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Challenging and inspiring. I love Mark Batterson's perspective on scripture and life. It is just the right type of 'zany'.
Published 17 days ago by T. Reuer
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging
I had already read several Mark Batterson books before coming across this one. In A Pit has great and challenging words for people of all ages seeking encouragement and practical... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Amazon did a great job of getting this book to me.
Published 20 days ago by Kerry Hults
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely life changing. A must read.
Marvelous lessons on living for Christ and what our life challenges contribute to our relationship with Christ and how we live day by day.
Published 20 days ago by Sharleen Reeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual look at overcoming and taking advantage of opportunities...
Good spiritual book on overcoming fears and anxieties. Quick easy to read. Lots of applications and practicals.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraged
Greatly encouraged to keep pressing toward the goal, and to see the possibilities through God's eyes. I loved this book.
Published 1 month ago by Stan Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars In a pit with a lion on a snowy day
This book kept me on the edge of my sit wanting to read more and it brought so much encouragement it gave me a zeal to move out of my comfort zone and to want to launch myself to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruthamma
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Inspiring, Eye-opening
Do not read this book if you are not willing to be challenged and changed. This book opened my eyes to where I stand with God and made me desire to chase lions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly L. Peak
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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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I never thought this passage was in the bible. It was what I needed for this time in my life. Although I review many books as a publisher, I was truely blessed by this book. I think God always looks out for people who chase lions. This is truely a must read, we will be reviewing it in the summer... Read More
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