In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Summary

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 Dayis 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?

Story Behind the Book
“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

Book Reviews


In the Pit5 star

Mark’s writing inspires and teaches you to look for God’s work in your life. He provides clear historical examples and personal testimonies of how to access God’s anointing and walk with God. I now delight in watching God walk before me opening closed doors and multiplying the work of my hands.55


Amazing5 star

Incredible book!55


Engaging5 star

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day calls to the Believer to live a God sized life doing God sized work-55

Jerry Muckelrath

In a pit with a Lion on a snowy day4 star


Jonah Berb

Very inspirational4 star

This book has opened up my eyes to see the key flaws in my relationship with Christ in that I have to chase the lion (the lion can be anything that God has placed on your heart to chance) all it takes from me is an act of faith to charge forward and fight the enemy that surrounds us every day till the day we see our father in heaven45


Amazing5 star

Amazing book about chasing our God-ordained dreams and facing our fears. Every page was a reminder of how big God is, and I just couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in 2 days!55


Great book!4 star

Great book and I would definitely recommend it to others. Very inspiring. Kind of repetitive but I guess some things are worth repeating.45


In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day5 star

Amazing book. This was well written, convicting & inspirational at the same time. I'm sure I will pick it up again to remind me that I was made to chase lions!!55


Amazing!5 star

This should be required reading for young adult and career Sunday School classes! Wow! I am 59 years old and this book has "fired me up". Thank you Mark Batterson for chasing the writing dream for people like me!55


Exhilarating!! Profound!! Life changing!!5 star

I'm heading out to buy a spear!55

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