In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day

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).

Problems = Potential

In our staff meeting today, we were talking about leadership styles and drawing some thoughts from a book one of our staff members read called Jesus CEO.  Part of the time was spent talking about different leadership styles, but then we talked about “wilderness experiences.”  We were all asked to think about a difficult experience we have gone through that has helped us identify our gifts.

As we were talking, I thought about a chapter out of Mark Batterson’s In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day.  I read this book a few years ago and am re-reading it now (review coming soon).

In one of the chapters I read over the weekend Batterson wrote this:  “I have a theory:  The more problems you have, the more potential you have to help people.  One of the most paralyzing mistakes we make is thinking that our problems somehow disqualify us from being used by God.  Let me just say this:  If you don’t have any problems, you don’t have any potential.”

All of us have problems (most of which I’m sure we wouldn’t post in a blog), but it was reassuring that in spite of our problems, God still sees potential in us.  Rather than allowing our wilderness experiences to force us to feel disqualified, we can see them as tools God uses to refine us.  Think I’m still learning that one.