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

Review of In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day


Title: In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars
Author: Mark Batterson
Series: N/A
Genre: Christian living
Number of Pages: 224

My Rating: ★★★★★


In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day presents the idea that sometimes our greatest opportunities can be found in our biggest problems and failures.

Our greatest regrets at the end of life will be the risks we didn’t take and the fears we didn’t face, not the mistakes we made.

We must face fears and overcome difficulties. We must work hard and sometimes even look foolish. But the end of it all will be an exciting, meaningful, well-lived life.



You were not born to fear lions.

Babies are born with only two fears—the fear of falling and of loud noises. But not the fear of lions.

No. You were born to chase lions.

Impossible Odds

The title of In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day comes from the story of Benaiah in 1 Chronicles 11:22. Benaiah was one of King David’s mighty men. Among his many heroic deeds, Benaiah chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed it.

Drawing from this story, Mark Batterson wrote an inspiring and challenging book about facing your fears, taking risks, handling uncertainty and difficulty, and following your God-ordained dreams. These are the lions in your life.

Batterson inspires readers to live life in a way worth telling stories about. He points out that maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle. God loves impossible odds. And so do we. Impossible odds make for great stories.

In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day is a breathtaking mountaintop view of courage, adversity, and life purpose. At the same time, it’s a practical boots-on-the-ground manual for the Christian life.

I highly recommend this book. The writing is excellent. The message is powerful. A wonderful sense of humor makes the book fun to read. Batterson uses fascinating and comedic stories and examples from history, science, the Bible, and his own life.

I recommend this to:

  • Everyone.
  • Anyone who is discouraged.
  • Fear fighters.
  • People facing life decisions.


• Easy answers produce shallow convictions.

• The cure for the fear of failure is not success. It’s failure. The cure for the fear of rejection is not acceptance. It’s rejection. You’ve got to be exposed to small quantities of whatever you’re afraid of. That’s how you build up immunity.

• David realizes that the bears and lions were target practice. They were preseason games that perfected his skills as a slingshot marksman and prepared him for his sudden-death play-off with the Giants, led by Goliath.

• We pray for no pain, when the result would be no gain.

• Why do we assume that what we pray for is always what’s best for us? If we could see what God sees, we would pray very different prayers.

• We usually regret our actions over the short-term. But over the long haul, we tend to regret inactions.

• Too many of us are tentatively playing the game of life as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

• Some of us approach our relationship with Christ like we’re called to play a “prevent defense” when we ought to be in a “two-minute offense.” Some of us act like faithfulness is making no turnovers, when faithfulness is scoring touchdowns.

• The willingness to fail is a prerequisite of success.

• What are you going to do when you cross paths with a lion? Are you going to run away from risk like a scaredy-cat? Or are you going to run after it like a lion chaser? That decision will determine your ultimate destiny.
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2 thoughts on “Review – In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

  1. Your review is great and makes me want to read this book! The quotes are thought-provoking and challenging and are really making me think!

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