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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Christian Audio; Unabridged 5 CD's edition (May 1 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596445858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596445857
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

“A thoughtful and energetic leader, Mark Batterson presses us to consider how we live out our faith in the world around us. When Mark has something to say, I am quick to listen.”
-Frank Wright, PhD, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

“Mark Batterson is one of the outstanding younger leaders in the U.S. today. As a pastor, he demonstrates his gifts and character in leadership and preaching. As a writer, he communicates wisdom and hope with both energy and clarity.”
-Brian McLaren, Author and activist

“As a leader and teacher, Mark Batterson brings imagination, energy, and insight. Mark’s genuine warmth and sincerity spill over into his communication, combining an intense love for his community with a passionate desire to see them living the life God dreams for them. I appreciate his willingness to take bold risks and go to extraordinary lengths to reach our culture with a message that is truly relevant.”
-Ed Young, Senior pastor, Fellowship Church 

“Mark Batterson is one of the church’s most forward thinkers. In this book, he compels us to look both behind and ahead to discover answers to the ‘whys’ in our lives. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day helps us make sense of this beautiful mess we call life.”
-Lindy Lowry, Editor, Outreach magazine

“Mark Batterson is down-to-earth and humble—yet constantly pushes me to grow. I follow him as a leader, admire him as an innovator, and love him as a friend. Mark has become one of the most important voices for a new generation. Anything he touches changes lives. Read this book and you’ll see what I mean.”
-Craig Groeschel, Pastor of, author of Chazown and Confessions of a Pastor

“Mark’s passion for God and our generation is contagious. His writing is honest and insightful. Go ahead—chase the lion!”
-Margaret Feinberg, Author of What the Heck Am I Going to Do With My Life?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( ) in Washington DC . Targeting emerging generations, 73 percent of NCCers are single twentysomethings that live or work on Capitol Hill. Currently one church with three locations, the vision of NCC is to meet in movie theaters @ metro stops throughout the DC area. The podcast is one of the fastest-growing church podcasts in America . Mark is also a daily blogger @ . Mark lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James T. Line on Nov. 14 2006
Format: Paperback
In a literary age when there seems to be dozens of books answering "what to do when you are in a hardship," or "why bad things happen to good people," Batterson takes a fresh approach. He openly challenges his readers to pursue things that may very well place them in hardships. His thesis states basically that unless we take a step of faith, and pursue those things that seem impossible or may cause us to look like fools, we may never make it to where God wants us to be. He uses Scripture in the Old Testament that many would just skim over, taking little from it, and from the passage (dealing with an Ancient bodyguard to one famous King) he builds his entire book.

The book reads like a sermon, but it is an exciting sermon. Many practical, real life illustrations hold the reader's interest. It is not a how-to book like so many others. This is an easy to read book that anybody can learn from and apply to everyday life.

On a personal note, Batterson challenged me in many ways. I must say that in areas on my life where I have been tempted to give up I now feel somewhat revived and energized. As a church planter, I can say that I am anxious to try things that at one time I thought "silly." Now, I know that God uses silly things to accomplish great feats.

I highly recommend this book. It will challenge anybody to pursue those things that many would simply scoff at, with the anticipation of God rewarding them greatly.
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By Gideon 11 on April 28 2014
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This was a great book for the first 3 chapters, then it applied this same principle ( a good one) for the rest of the book.
My response after 'getting the story was let's move on to another story or princple rather than teaching everything from this verse.
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By A Writer on June 10 2014
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Bought several of Battersons books and this one is uniquely intriguing. Loved it! Will reread many times. It was hard to put the book down once I had started.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Demoline on Dec 11 2011
Format: Audio CD
What do you do when opportunity roars? Batterson urges us to give chase, lock eyes with our lion, and charge directly at it. Through nine chapters Batterson makes this point again and again. That opportunity often comes in threatening forms, and if we wish to seize that opportunity we must overcome our fear. He urges us to forget about playing it safe, embrace uncertainty, and stop worrying about looking foolish, and then we will see the blessing of the Lord.

In one way there is nothing wrong here. Opportunity does indeed often come from overcoming threats and fears. We must, in fact, overcome our fears and follow the path God leads us on. And yet this book exemplifies much of what I find disturbing in contemporary Christian literature. Let me explain.

Here we have a book which takes as its basis barely a scrap of a verse and, with this biblical justification in hand, quickly moves into realms of pop psychology, business literature, and modern truism with nary a thought given to any of them. The bible does not function as guide but as proof, and poor proof at that.

Along the way half truths abound. Perfect love covers over all fear, but that does not mean we take all risks. Where is the chapter on discernment? The acknowledgement that some opportunities must not be seized, and that in the face of them we ought to recoil in fear, fear for our souls. Or, for that matter, where is the chapter discussing how we can take our worries and fears to God and replace them, not with the courage of someone who has a bigger goal than succumbing to fear, but with the courage of someone who knows God and thus is a person to whom all objects of fear shrink away into insignificance?
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By Cissy Chan on Dec 11 2014
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Amazing book!!! Must read
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