Have you 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.
I agree with AvidReader. Not worth your time. Not much valuable thought in this. Reader is overly enthusiastic.
I was checking in with a friend/brother a couple of weeks ago, and he told me he was "working through" this book. I remembered the title from one of the free offerings here on CA, and sure enough, I had downloaded it but never listened. I decided to do so in order to be able to engage with my brother on this material.
How very disappointing. I could only make it through part 1 (about 25% of the book) before I had to turn it off. The author sincerely tries to attempt to exegete two "obscure" verses from the old testament into a 5-hour reading, and of course, he necessarily falls back on his own insights and anecdotes, as well as popular culture. The most glaring example is him opening with a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who could at best be described as an existentialist author, and whose Le Petit Prince glorifies and legitimizes suicide. You do, Mr. Batterson, become responsible for what you quote. After that start, it's a barrage of sound bites and self-help advice. At some point, the author claims that God is most interested in our good; I would content that He is most interested in His glory. The anecdotes center property and acquisition, and there's a distinct name-it-claim-it tone around this booklet. After listening to a quarter of the book, the author has written himself so far into a pit, that I don't know how he's gonna get himself out. I don't want to waste four more hours of my Saturday to find out.
I don't recommend this book. There are better use of time, and significantly more encouraging secondary literature than this.
Summary of the book: Go do something. God isn't idle, and neither should you be.
Don't read this book if: You have God's word nearby.
Read this book if:
- You have nothing better to do.
- You want to read about uploading and downloading and four dimensions and cosmic scales... and about a lion's physique.
- Very inspirational. Great book!
Very inspirational. Great book!
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- Bring on the Lions
This is a great book to get you inspired to take on any challenge. Filled with inspirational stories and thought provoking ideas. Mark Batterson has a way of bringing out the fighter in you. This was a fun and adrenalin filled book that will capture the warrior spirit in you. It gave me yet another reason to love God’s word.
- Recently, a friend told me to...
Recently, a friend told me to read the book “In a pit with a lion on a snowy day,” by Mark Batterson. I thought with a title like that it must be a great book, and I was right. It is based on a passage of scripture in 2 Samuel 23:20-21. It is just a short passage that many of us just read over it quickly and don’t even think about it. I encourage you to take time and read this passage. It is about a man named Benaiah who did some pretty amazing things. One of those things was he chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day. Now most people run from lions, but people who are lion chasers are not normal. I mean a lion can kill you. However, God has called each of us to be lion chasers. We each have dreams that God has placed in us and God wants us to chase those lions that seem so big, but really are not big compared to God. God can help you chase those lions and realize those dreams. We may suffer battle scars along the way, but they are worth it because we will have the lion skin to prove that we chased our dream and conquered it. I want to tell you that you can be a lion chaser. The book you want to write, the person you want to ask out on a date, getting out of debt, fixing your marriage, or whatever the lion is in your life. You can chase that lion and with the power and help of God you can succeed. All you have to do is take the first step. Yes, it will be a hard and difficult thing. I mean think about it killing lions is not easy, but at least you will have tried. Now, you may be thinking, “Yeah God used Benaiah and did that, but God could never use me.” That is absolutely not true God uses people like you and me everyday to do amazing extraordinary things. Benaiah, he was an ordinary man who through lion chasing gained the skills and scars needed to be the General of the Israeli army under King David. He became one of King David’s Mighty Men. He became Head Bodyguard for King David all because he chased a lion. You can do the same and God will use those lions in your life that you have chased to shape you and form you into the person God wants you to be. If you want to know more read the book, it will encourage and inspire you to chase the lion. Also you can check out the website, http://chasethelion.com/. Never underestimate God and what he can do through you. Chase the Lion!
- An Old Testament story of uncommon...
An Old Testament story of uncommon courage inspires this energizing invitation to embrace opportunities that seem terrible or unmanageable. These are often exactly the challenges we need to take our lives to the next level or to boost our capabilities so we'll be ready for the next problem God throws at us. A minister and writer, Batterson goes beyond traditional Christian preaching by promoting imagination and spark in our daily lives. More than just complying and surviving, he wants us to seek more responsibility, act courageously in measured doses, and initiate more satisfying personal discoveries. An engaging and clear speaker, Batterson's vocal optimism seems innocent at first, and one questions his depth. But over time, sincerity and solid thinking predominate to make this an empowering audio. T.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine