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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; First Edition edition (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590527151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590527153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

“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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Batterson does a great job of weaving his own story throughout the book.
BG18
God doesn't call us to a life of mediocrity but wants great things to happen through His work in us.
Andrew R. Allen
This is a wonderful book and very thought provoking, but in a very easy to read format.
M. Main

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By C. Schefer on 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brenton Balvin on October 27, 2006
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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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Conner VINE VOICE on May 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
The point here is a fairly simple one: the things you fear may very well be opportunities that God has put in your path, and you should probably act on those opportunities. The exploration of the point is pretty tedious, though. Batterson seems enchanted with the brief mention of Benaiah (in what is essentially a footnote to the story of David in 1 and 2 Samuel), and he devotes numerous pages to imaginative speculation of what the man's encounter with a lion must have been like (there is also speculation as to what being a bodyguard was like, how he was promoted to a commander, what that was like, what his encounters with a tall Egyptian and with two Moabites was like, etc.). There's nothing wrong with drawing reasonable conclusions, but I'm uncomfortable with theology spiraling out from this reading between the one line of Scripture. It's not that the idea is necessarily bad, it's just that I don't think Batterson has chosen the right Scripture to ground the book. Batterson also overuses a wide-eyed breathless "lion chasers" term that made me roll my eyes every single time I read it (if you've read Erwin McManus' The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within, you've had a good taste of what this is like). I admit, my perspective is biased because I don't trust Brian McLaren, and he has clearly been a significant influence on this work (a glowing note of thanks to him in Batterson's acknowledgments page, his endorsement on both the back cover and one of the first inner pages, etc.). I am also not completely comfortable with the way that business leadership and pop psychology books seem to have an influence on this book that equals the Bible's.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Roberts on 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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