In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day - eBook  -     By: Mark Batterson
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Multnomah Books / 2008 / ePub

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Product Description

Ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time...several times? These memories leave you with an ill taste in your mouth, and nothing good seems to come from them. But what if the seemingly messy pieces of your life were actually strategically positioned by God? What if you've actually been in the right place at the right time every time? In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day will help you make sense of your past. You'll begin to connect the dots to see clearly how God has been preparing you for future opportunities. With a God's-eye perspective, you'll soon be thanking Him - even for lions, pits, and snowy days.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781601422088
ISBN-13: 9781601422088
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

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

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

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, 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?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  1. Gzusreins
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    life changing
    August 31, 2012
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    this book has been an eye opener for me like few books have ever been. Christians come upon difficulties and trials and are either frozen in fear, despondent or panic stricken. This book shows that our perspective is soooooo very wrong. It teaches about God's perspective as we deal with hardships.
    I also LOVED that Mark Batterson was so very down to earth in his communication style.

  2. adianewh
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book
    August 29, 2012
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    Great book, accurately reflects our christian experience!

  3. dtp7550
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonserful read.
    August 28, 2012
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Love Mark Batterson's books. It is a wonderful read. Thought provoking and spiritually fullfilling.

  4. Dalyn
    Yakima, Wa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Life Changer
    August 19, 2012
    Yakima, Wa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    I love the stories in the Old Testament of the Bible. They are exciting and outrageous and thrilling. Did you ever ready the story of one of King David's mighty men, Benaiah? His exploits are truly daring- he wasn't called mighty for nothin'! That dude chased a lion. Read the publisher's description below for references, and then go read about it for yourself, because it's not one to miss.

    Mark Batterson, in this book, encourages and coaches us to become spiritual lion chasers; to consider viewing our problems and weaknesses as opportunities- for growth, ministry, training, etc.

    This book is one of those books- life changers. I came away from reading it (and it's really a good read) with a few treasures, things I'll carry with me always. Here's one example: " Here's a thought: The circumstances you complain about become chains that imprison you. And worship is the way out. Worship reframes our problems and refocuses our lives...."

    Mark suggests we stop asking God to get us out of difficult circumstances and start asking Him what He wants us to get out of those difficult circumstances.

    In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is an outstanding book. I have already shared some of my highlights with a friend and she ordered it immediately for her husband. My copy of this book is highlighted almost on every page. Good stuff!

    You can order a copy here.

    This book came at a great time in my life- God's perfect timing, of course. I'm changing some things, looking at the way I do some things and why, and praying for the courage to chase a few lions of my own. I have known for a long time that suffering doesn't kill us, and that the poeple who have suffered with dignity are far more interesting and have more to offer their fellow man, but now I'm taking things more seriously and this book has given me insight as well as some practical advice.

    Five stars!

    I recieved a copy of this book free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  5. Andrew
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review for In a Pit w/ a Lion on a Snowy Day
    May 28, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3

    In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson is a inspiring read for any Christian that is not looking for the easy, typical "Christian" answers. Batterson does an excellent job of inspiring the reader through superb writing and inspirational techniques. It is easy to see why the church he pastors is around 70% single, twenty-somethings. If you fall in that category, then this book especially has your name on it.

    Batterson does a great job of sharing the core values/life skills of his church through this book and how they can be applied to the individual's life. The seven skills that he shares are: overcoming adversity, unlearning fears, embracing uncertainty, calculating risks, seizing opportunities, defying odds, and looking foolish. Batterson makes a strong case for each of these life skills. He challenges the status quo in most of these areas by focusing more on Biblical Christianity than just Traditional American Christianity.

    The one negative of the book was the questionable use of Scripture. There are several short exerts of Scripture that are used, but little context is given. While expository explanation is not a requirement for all writings, it would have been nice to have a little more throughout the book. Also, understanding that the intended audience was probably not those who are not Christians, it still would have been nice to seen a simple explanation of the Gospel and what being a Christian is really about. Theoretically, a Muslim/Jew/Etc. could read this book and apply the principles stated and have a better life. Of course, they would still have missed the real point of the book, and more importantly, what is means to follow Christ.

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