Monday, December 5, 2011

Book review: In a pit with a lion on a snowy day

First off this book wins the sweet title award. It is a reference to a small Biblical tale (all of  a couple of verses) of Benaiah who did some amazing things including chasing a lion into a pit on a snowy day and living to tell about it. He then arose to be the head of King David’s bodyguard.

Mark Batterson uses this story as a launch point to look at what it takes to become a ‘lion chaser’. That is someone who will capitalize and accomplish amazing things in what others might see as impossible or crazy circumstances. This means that our greatest moments will often come from our biggest ‘pits’ or facing the ‘lions’ in our lives.

This means conquering and facing our fears, updating our attitude, and understanding that even though we may not defeat every lion, our lives will be so much less if we don’t face them head on. In fact we should be looking for lions to chase.

There were several aspects that make this book such a great read, one was the many stories that Mark uses to elaborate and support his statements, second was the short follow-up items at the end of each chapter which helped to reflect on what was just covered.

If you life feels a little safe or you are wondering if there might be something more, this might be the jump start you need.

In full disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. 

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