REVIEW: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day


Author: Mark Batterson

Publisher: Multnomah

Pages: 178

Genre: Christian Living


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 Day is 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!


Divided into nine chapters, Batterson explores what it means to be a lion chaser based on the account of Benaiah in 2 Samuel. He discusses risk, fear, and the ability to see things the way God sees them. At the end of each chapter he gives the big points that the reader should remember and discussion questions based on the chapter.

Questionable Content

There is very little in this book that I would qualify as questionable content. He does embellish a little with the story of Benaiah but his embellishments are hard to refute because I’m sure that what he writes very well could have been the thoughts and attitudes of Benaiah himself. The book is doctrinally neutral although through some of his stories one could guess at where he stands on some issues (i.e. the sinners prayer).

Notable Quotes

“Our problems seem really big because our God seems really small.”

“So 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.”

“Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.”

“Our past problems prepare us for future opportunities.”


I give In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day 9 out of 10 because I truly enjoyed this book. It helped me see the opportunities that God has placed in front of me and how to stand in the face of fear to be what God wants me to be. The book is filled with all kinds of illustrations and examples that help me as a preacher explain certain scriptures to people. At the end of each chapter I was encouraged and challenged to keep reading and there was at no point in this book that I felt I was getting bored with the topic. I strongly recommend this book. It was packed full of encouragement and it wasn’t too long. Someone could easily read this one over the weekend and be fueled up and ready to take on the world by Monday.

9 Total Score

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Chris Krotz is the pulpit minister for the Carlisle Church of Christ in Pennsylvania and a graduate of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Chris is passionate about teaching God’s Word and making it apply to everyday life. Along with Jack Dodgen, Chris co-founded Strong Church in 2013.

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