In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Review

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

By Mark Batterson

Genre: Religious, Christian, Non-fiction

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! It only took me half a year to read this book! Ha ha. It wasn’t that this book was bad or not interesting, I think it was more that there’s a lot there to unpack and it’s hard to read all at once. I really enjoy Mark’s writing style. I was first introduced to him through videos for a Bible study and I think he has a very engaging manner and looks at scripture in an interesting way. This book, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day,” is all about encouraging the reader to take a risk and leap into the life God has for him/her. Mark uses one passage of scripture about Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day, killed him, and became a bodyguard to King David, to tie the whole book together. What is the lion you need to chase? Mark tells readers that Christian life isn’t boring. God is bigger than all our fears. We should chase lions, even when we don’t know the outcome. He gives us great Biblical examples, like Abraham, who left his home even when he didn’t know where he was going. Noah, who built an ark in the desert. John the Baptist who wasn’t afraid of looking like a fool for God. David, who danced wildly before God and defended his actions to his wife. I wrote down a lot of quotes from this book and there were a lot of good reminders in here for me. The only con I have about this book is that it is a little bit repetitive and a lot of his books seems to be on very similar topics. However, I would highly recommend this book to my fellow Christians, especially those who are wrestling with making a life change.

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