Book Review: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

(this review is partially unfinished, but you should get the point from it)

In his first book, “In a Pit”, Mark Batterson examines the concept of living a life of boldness, and of action, not reaction. The concept is taken from 2 Samuel when Benaiah comes face to face with a lion, and ultimately ends up chasing after and defeating it.
Throughout the book, Batterson provides some important principles for us to keep in mind–such as what sort of fears tend to restrict our pursuit of God (or opportunity), the necessity of reframing our perspective, the importance of risk, and the willingness to fail (or look foolish).

In a Pit is a relatively quick read, but the response will undoubtedly beckon you to respond to the content, not merely know it intellectually, and if you begin applying the principles in this book you will undoubtedly be put in more situations to actively live out our faith.

I really enjoyed Mark Batterson’s ability to tie in culturally familiar topics throughout the book–such as his reference to identifiable quotes, psychological concepts, and relevant events. This book also seemed to have an energy about it the entire way through, allowing us to not only engage in the content, but also see his heart and passion come to life as we read through the pages.

The overall purpose of this book and a couple takeaway concepts, I feel, are encompassed in a couple lines on pages 86 and 87:
“The longer I live, the more I think that spiritual maturity is less about figuring out the future and more about a moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Spirit of God” // “faith involves a loss of is the willingness and readiness to embrace those uncertainties.”

Mark faithfully paints a picture that says to us: ‘you don’t need to know everything, you aren’t always going to feel equipped, but with the right understanding of who our God is, and what his intention is through us, He will prove Himself more than sufficient to overcome anything, and sometimes we need to take that risk, not be afraid of failing, to show His worth in our lives.’

I do feel like various concepts could have been developed a little more thoroughly, but as stated above I feel like the overall energy of this book leaves you with a better understanding of what it means to not only obey and react to God, but also to “take the opportunity by the mane” and urgently pursue God’s kingdom.
With this being a relatively quick read, I’d recommend you pick it up and get a little more clarification on some of these significant topics, and begin attaining the life God has for you.


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