In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day!


In A Pit

“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?”

This is the tagline of the book by Mark Batterson, “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day.”  The book is based on a biblical character named, Benaiah.  He once chased a lion into a pit while it was snowing, and killed him (2 Samuel 23:20, 21).  With this in the background, Mark writes nine chapters on this simple verse in the Bible.  Simply put, this book is fantastic if you are struggling with confidence or fear about a decision in your life.  The stories that Mark shares are a true encouragement to get out there and chase after your dreams.  The book is filled with great one liners and inspiring stories, all designed to help you be courages and take some initiative and chase your dreams.  Or a lion.

The downside to the book is that it seemed a little on the repetitive side.  After all, it’s hard to write on nearly any topic with only a one-line story as inspiration.  At times the book felt like it would have made a great article or series of blogs, but not necessarily a book.  So you need to be ready for some repetitive language and some concepts that will repeat themselves.

Overall, this is a great book for those needing that extra nudge of encouragement to chase something in their life.  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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About Stan Rodda

Follower. Husband. Father. Shepherd. Apostle. Husker.

Posted on 05/21/2011, in books, church, life, men, pastors, reviews, risk, story. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Read the book several years ago Stan. Felt the same way about it. I loved the story of Benaiah and the apps but felt it was repetitive. Good analysis.

  2. Ron Furgerson

    Stan — Our Panera Bread Men’s Group used the book for a study series a couple of years ago. It worked well for that purpose and, in fact, led us to also study Batterson’s “Wild Goose Chase,” which our guys also enjoyed. The fact that we were doing only a chapter a week may have helped lessen the impact of any repetitiveness.

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