Book Review: In a Pit witha Lion on a Snowy Day

A great new book that you should seriously consider reading is hitting the virtual shelves of today. It is called In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and it is written by Mark Batterson, the pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C.

The book is "inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture (II Samuel 23:20-21), which records, Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it."

Batterson makes this text come alive in the introduction by writing it as a modern day Hollywood action scene. He then goes on to challenge people, and Christians in particular, to become proactive lion chasers. He calls the lions we encounter in our lives (those scary situations and hard decisions that we all face) resume building experiences that God has given us today to get us ready for something he has for us tomorrow.

Here's an illustration of something that really hit me in the introduction:

Here's the point: God is in the resume building business. He is always using past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities. But those God-given opportunities often come disguised as man-eating lions. And how we react when we encounter those lions will determine our destiny. We can cower in fear and run away from our greatest challenges. Or we can chase our God-ordained destiny by seizing the God-ordained opportunity.
This is a book that calls people to come alive and live their lives fully for God right now without fear of the future. It will inspire people to chase dreams, to tackle tough situations, and to keep their eyes peeled for whatever God may be bringing their way. Just reading the introduction gave me the same motivational feeling to do something big for God that I get when I read any of Erwin McManus' stuff.

Go to today and pick up a copy, and then get one for your friend in small group or for your sibling too.