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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 9th 2006 by Multnomah (first published January 1st 2006)
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
WOW! An exhilarating must-read-slowly (to enjoy this at maximum!)!

Can I post a bunch of excerpts around my workplace? (It would be the most loony thing I've ever done and would make every workday full of joy). Hmmm, I'm seriously considering it.

How come that I've NEVER, ever, right until now, seen anything from this author?

Embrace relational uncertainty. It's called romance.
Embrace spiritual uncertainty. It's called mystery.
Embrace occupational uncertainty. It's called destiny.
Embrace emo
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know WHEN I'm going to learn the lesson, but writing book reviews alone has called my attention to the fact that I've got some serious heart work to do as relates to pre-judging (I think we actually call that 'prejudice' :-( ). Here I am again, beginning a book review with a disclaimer that I didn't want to read the book. Good grief. Mental note to self: let's be done with this snobbish attitude.

So In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day seemed like a terrible title. And I was given the book
Sunshine Rodgers
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Mark Batterson! The text and message is encouraging. Every chapter drives home the point to open yourself to opportunities, to take risks and to seize the moment! It's a good book to read no matter where you are in life. The stories he shares are riveting and effective. This book will get you off your feet and moving in the path of your Divine destiny! ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 sp ...more
Dec 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: journeyman-books
I had this book highly recommended by everyone that I talked to throughout my training. Unfortunately I can't say I would overly recommend this book. It's based off of one passage in the old testament and although it plays very strongly to our emotions about not being afraid and taking on the lions in our lives, there is very little meat here which is kind of what I am looking for when I go to read Christian literature. So if you want something that inspires you to live a crazy life, this book c ...more
Greg Frucci
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book to read. I actually got ticked off when the phone rang a few times, so I apologize to those who called while I was reading this book...I know they could hear frustration in my voice. Think about it for a moment...when you were a child and you were out playing an intense game of tag or something else so fun that you were laughing and screaming with joy as you ran...and then some obnoxious adult called you home in the middle? You got pissed. I could give this book 5 stars just for ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ba
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked reading this book. There were lots of one-liners that grabbed my attention and a few concepts which challenged my thinking. And it was cool to learn from a man in the Bible whom we rarely hear about.

But I was disappointed about the lack of depth in this book. I felt like it could be condensed into half the length; it got repetitive. It wasn't really biblically solid/supported, and there were quite a lot of assumptions about Benaiah's story.

Overall, I'm glad to have read this book, and
Jul 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Synopsis from Amazon:

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 chas
Yolanda Smith
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book contains a lot of quotable material, and so much of the message resonated with me at a deep level. I don’t think it was an accident I began reading this book, because it corresponds to other things going on in my life. This is a book I’d enjoy revisiting.
Dan Cooley
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OK, this book is just too much fun. It’s easy to read, encouraging, challenging, and did I say fun?

Here are a few quotes to give you the flavor.
1. The more we grow, the bigger God should get. And the bigger God gets, the smaller our lions will become.
2. God planned for every contingency you might ever encounter, before the beginning of time.
3. First John 4:18 describes the end goal of our relationship with God: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” The goal of love is fe
Andrew S
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a difficult time rating this book. I enjoyed the concepts discussed but did not enjoy reading the book. I really like the concept of chasing God given opportunities and Batterson does a great job exploring this idea. His points to remember at the end of the chapter are well worth the price of the book. I consider this a must read for someone who is failing to see or failing to seize opportunities in his or her life.
However, I do not like his writing style and I do not agree with his inter
Amanda Anger
This is an awesome book about facing problems head on. I personally loved how the author used that short blip of a story in the Old Testament as the baseline of this book. It was an all-odds-stacked-against-Benaiah kind of moment, but God used the victory as a stepping stone for greater roles that Benaiah played later on.

There were several great points made throughout the book, but one of my favorites was along these lines. Before you woke up this morning, the Holy Spirit was interceding to the
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been encouraged to read this book for the past few years and for some reason I haven't tried up until now. Perhaps on of Batterson's most popular books (a toss up between this one and Circle Maker); In a Pit deals with opportunity, courage, and no regrets. Just those thoughts alone should attract any reader: we all have opportunities, we all want courage, and who wants regrets. Mark Batterson brings his readers through the journey of Benaiah from the unknown to commander of the Army of Isra ...more
Brandon H.
Mr. Batterson uses the few verses of the story of Benaiah, the lion killer and bodyguard of David, as a springboard to encourage and inspire Christians to take great risks in life and for the kingdom of God. The book is definitely more motivational in flavor than educational so those who are committed to exegetical purity will probably have a hard time with it.

If you're looking for encouragement and wanting to flan the flames of your faith you may want to add this one to your list.

"Most of us w
Jenny Jo Weir
Phenomenal! I read this one back to back, twice in a row. It was worth an immediate second read. Every thing about this book spoke to me and has me wanting to devour more books by this author. It's very inspirational and insightful regarding our walk with God. ...more
Patrick O'Hannigan
Mark Batterson’s meditation on 2 Samuel 23:20-21, which alludes to a lion killing done by a valiant but otherwise forgotten member of King David’s bodyguard named Benaiah, proves the truth of 2 Timothy 3:16 (“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching…”). The book is from the same publisher that six years before had given Bruce Wilkerson a chance to thrust 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 into brief notoriety with his bestselling The Prayer of Jabez, so it’s easy to see how Batterson’s manus ...more
Linda Callahan
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
An excellent book on focus as a Christian.
Grace Yoder
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring. motivating. Would reccomend to anyone who can breathe and read.
Jenn Usrey
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-books
This book has a few good points, but many times the author interjects his opinion and own interpretation of biblical events without providing scriptural backing. It feels like he is trying to play on emotions in order to get people to act. Also, there isn’t a lot of emphasis on seeking what glorifies God, but instead the book focuses on chasing your personal lions, so you can be a success, with God almost being an afterthought.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
First, I'll start out with some positives. Mark Batterson is an engaging and entertaining writer, meaning, he writes in a way that really keeps your attention, makes you laugh, and puts things into easy to remember terms and phrases. God used this book to challenge me to live more by faith, trusting God to help me step out and do those things which at first glance seem impossible. He gives a good emphasis and section on what we pray for and how we pray. He also seems to have a genuine love for J ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I finished reading this book, I really felt different. I felt like this book gave me enough inspiration to make some changes in my life. And that in doing so, I will allow God to do some amazing things that I’ll be able to share with others.

Topics also included in this book include prayer and how there are different ways to pray in the same situation to yield better results; how our view of God impacts our lives, how the path to our dreams is sometimes comprised of opportunities along the w
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian
While I agree with this book's premise that we should go boldly forth in faith to do what God has called us to do, it reads more like an inspirational self-help book, and one that is overlong at that.

Batterson has a very colloquial writing style that I think woks better in sermons than in writing, at least for me. He also extrapolates a lot from scripture, not just from the passage about Benaiah that he titles the book on, but many others. There are also a lot of cherry-picked Bible verses, like
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I honestly didn't really even want to read In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson, but I think God wanted me to read it. I should say I did want to read it, but only because I like to stay up on popular Christian trends and this book kept popping up on my radar. Recently I found out my coworker had ordered it and she offered to let me read it when she was done. I jumped on the opportunity to read the book without actually having to buy it.

My goal was to try to read through it rela
Zachary Adams
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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Brent Soderstrum
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is written around two fairly obscure verses in the Bible. 2 Samuel 23:20-21 state: There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kazbeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab's mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. Another time armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear ...more
Kelly Clark
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The folks that had negative reviews because they were disappointed that Batterson was able to pen an entire book from one little verse, makes me wonder if they have ever been impacted by one little verse or one little phrase before they decided to write their review. I have often heard the small still voice of God from one small, often hidden verse or at times even just a small phrase or single word from a verse. I guess the soil of my heart was tende ...more
Brian Eshleman
The author can convey deeper Truth, routing in the sovereignty and omnipotence of God with a penchant for bumper sticker aphorisms and at the analogies. If he doesn't challenge you to take more risks and just about more deeply interesting God and what would otherwise be impossible, you weren't listening.

I also appreciated the ballasts in Batterson's boat. I appreciated his general fund of knowledge in a wide variety of areas, including science, and his capacity to use these fields for illustrati
Ryan Boomershine
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctrine
Batterson took an interesting verse that deserves some attention and made a long, bad eisegesis out of it. While full of decent anecdotes, the book was chock-full of pre-suppositions that were not based on Scripture. A different anecdote or verse about courage could have written the exact same book. It's a pop-psychology, you-can-do-it-fest in the same spirit as the Prayer of Jabez fad.

Again, it is a good verse. It does need attention. Benaiah was courageous (presumably). But this book does not
Brian Ming
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book that inspires you to take life by the horns and get after it. I was challenged and inspired to believe and go after more, even in adversity. Sometimes along life's journey, you encounter a defining moment. I read this book in the midst of one of my defining moment, and I chose to jump in the pit with the lion, and things turned out extraordinarily well. This book was one of the reasons. ...more
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Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church in seven locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into The Capital Turnaround. This 100,000-square-foot space will include an event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace, and co-working sp ...more

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