Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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

I just finished reading Mark Batterson's book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and I thought it was a pretty good book.
Batterson takes a look at a passage buried in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel 23: 20-21. He unpacks the story of Benaiah, a valiant warrior and one of King David's finest men. Specifically, Scripture tells us that Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit and despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught and killed the lion. Batterson then looks at that experience and how that became the frame work for Benaiah to climb the ladder of David's men to become head of David's bodyguards. Batterson unpacks how sometimes God gives us opportunities that don't always look like opportunities but sometimes look like 500 pound lions.
Batterson goes on through the book to look at how we can identify these God opportunities and make the most of them. He talks about unlearning your fears, reframing you perspective, uncertainty and risk and looking foolish.
All in all, I thought this was a good book, through personal stories of his own, Batterson explains how God gives us dreams and how he has chased those dreams.

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