In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

Congratulations to Mark Batterson of and National Community Church, aka, for getting his 2nd book published, 1st official one with a real publisher. The title is somewhat cryptic to me -> In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars, some allusion to some biblically-mentioned guy named Benaiah. (his previous book, ID: The True You, was published through more of an indy deal called Xulon Press. And, he even has a 3rd book in the works, tentatively titled You Are Here, being published by Multnomah; pre-orderable.)

The book starts right into the story, true to form for Mark being the narratival storyteller he is, no introductory remarks up front, and dives into what seems to be a book about doing bigger things that we’d first imagined even in the face of fears and risks. This looks to be a great read to get another jolt of encouragement and energy to take that next step of faith when opportunity knocks.

Being the innovative creative genius and blogger that Mark is, what I’d love to see is not an audiobook version of this published text, but a webcast of the book’s content, something along the lines of a video blog or Flash-driven web app to get 9 episodes of Mark being his goofy self (that’s how he describes himself, cf. ICC video) reading or acting out excerpts of the book.

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  1. L.L. Barkat says:

    Ah, yes, I recall seeing this title…though I’m wondering if I could recall the title on demand… doesn’t quite roll off the tongue… intriguing though. Will you read it, blog about it?

  2. djchuang says:

    L.L., actually, this blog post was going to be it for my review. 🙂 I’ve got a queue of 20+ books that I’ve been meaning to read, and with starting a new job, might not get to this one for some time.

  3. I’m on staff with Mark at National Community Church, and he is currently preaching a series of sermons from the book. You can check out the webcasts here: