I first read Batterson’s In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day several years ago and then had the opportunity to review it for the Blogging for Books program. Batterson has become one of my favorite authors and I have had the opportunity to read and review Primal, Soul Print and just recently received The Circle Maker.
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is based on the story of Benaiah, one of King David and Solomon’s soldiers, who defeated a lion along with some other remarkable achievements. Batterson uses Benaiah’s story as a spring-board to talk about how we face opportunities.
Mixing in Biblical references and stories from his own life and the lives of others he knows, Batterson provides seven principles to help Christ followers when confronted with new challenges. He offers some good insights and make some nice parallels between Benaiah’s (and other Biblical characters) experiences and how we respond to the lions we face.
Chapter 4 on “The Art of Reframing” and chapter 6 called “Playing It Safe is Risky” provided some good challenges to me as I read it. Overall, it is an excellent book and applies to all Christ followers because, even though our lions might be different, we still need help in facing them.
One nice feature of this book was the summary at the end of each chapter. There were several bullet points that hit the highlights from the chapter. It would provide a good launching pad for discussion.
This is definitely a good read and one you should check out.
(I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my review).