In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day

"What if the life you really want and the future God wants for you are hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure...your greatest fear?"

When you read a quote like that your ears perk up.  Who doesn't have failure or problems?  Who doesn't have fear?  We live in a crazy time, in a crazy world, so it's easy to get focused on our circumstances and the world around us.  We forget just how big our God really is.

In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day is a book that caught me off guard.  From the very first chapter I felt convicted.  I knew this was going to be another book that would make me think about my own situation and it most certainly has!

The focus of the book is Benaiah and his encounter with a lion in a pit on a snowy day in 2 Samuel 23:20-21.  If you were just reading through the Bible you would most likely miss it but Mr. Batterson delves deep into these two verses and explains what it means to be a lion chaser.

There are so many good quotes in this book!  Seriously, you should see my notes.  I love how the author makes all the concepts he explains so simple.  There are a lot of computer and neurological comparisons that made the points the author is trying to convey even more understandable.  

At the end of each chapter there is a list of the major points that were discussed in that chapter (which are a perfect reference) as well as a "Starting Your Chase" question which really helps you delve deeper in your own personal lion chase.

Reading this book has pushed me into a lot of self-reflection which I think is the authors purpose.  There are several things that I read that I am still thinking about and will continue to think about.  I did not read this book by accident.  "The timing was divine" as the author says.  

For someone who has struggled with fear and anxiety her entire life, it was eye opening.  I realized lies that I have been believing as well as felt challenged to rediscover dreams that I had  cast away, thinking they would never be possible.  Mr. Batterson reminded me that those dreams came from God and that I need to chase them through God to show who God is and give Him the glory.

This book was originally published ten years ago but the copy I received is a revised edition that has bonus material which I loved.  At the end of the book there is an excerpt from Chase the Lion which just came out this September and looks great!  It is definitely going on my Christmas wish list.

It has been a long time since I've felt this hopeful.  Sure there are dreams that I can no longer pursue but I have a few ideas in my head of what could possibly be my lion-chasing dreams and that gets me scared and excited.   Who knows what the future holds!  All I know is that I am going to trust the Lord in all things AND highly recommend this book!  It's a quick read with easy to understand language and personal stories from the author that make this story even more relatable.

Mr. Batterson ends the book by saying, "Be a lion chaser.  It's who you're destined to be."  I can proudly say that I am now a lion chaser, running towards my destiny!  

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

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