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

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Crown Publishing Group, Aug 19, 2008 - Religion - 208 pages
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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?

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“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

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Our church in VA did a sermon series on this book several years ago. My wife and I both came out of church that day stating that God had called us to a new ministry. We sat in the car and cried at how ... Read full review

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This book brings courage and hope to those who are facing seemingly impossible odds. Benaiah's life in Scripture is examined in these pages and the principles gleaned can challange us in the face of fear. Read full review


A Decade of Dreams
Locking Eyes with Your Lion
The Odd Thing About Odds
Unlearning Your Fears
The Art of Reframing
Guaranteed Uncertainty
Playing It Safe Is Risky I05 Chapter 7 Grab Opportunity by the Mane
The Importance of Looking Foolish ISI Chapter 9 Unleash the Lion Chaser Within
The Multiplication Anointing
Endnotes I89 An excerpt from Chase the Lion

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Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( ) in Washington DC . Targeting emerging generations, 73 percent of NCCers are single twentysomethings that live or work on Capitol Hill. Currently one church with three locations, the vision of NCC is to meet in movie theaters @ metro stops throughout the DC area. The podcast is one of the fastest-growing church podcasts in America . Mark is also a daily blogger @ . Mark lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and three children.

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