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by Mark Batterson

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Title:The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Authors:Mark Batterson
Info:Zondervan (2011), Hardcover, 224 pages
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Tags:read 2012, prayer, Christian living

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I have mixed feelings about this book. This is a book on prayer which is loosely based on a Jewish legend of a man named Honi who during a drought drew a circle in the sand and prayed that God would send rain and lots of it. And God did. Essentially Batterson is encouraging readers to pray similar big risky prayers. He claims it is not about health and wealth and magically getting what you want but pressing in and faithfully asking for the big stuff because God will do great things.

So far so good, but his examples all seem prosperity-ish. Because Batterson prayed he got a mega church with major funding and multiple campuses, a whole lot of real estate, and lots of people read his books which he is getting lots of money from.

So I feel both challenged and inspired by a lot of what Batterson says and I feel somewhat put off by other parts. I believe God wants us to pray risky prayers that call out faith and trust from us. He wants to show us what he will do on our behalf. But I don't think it is about personal empire building. I don't think Batterson thinks so either but at least the tone of sections of this book have that ring to it. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
If a group is wanting to study prayer Mark's book is a great place to start. The Circle Maker allowed us to look at prayer through a lens I had not looked through before and even a few years after reading it for the first time I still incorporate principles from the book into my prayer life.
ACF: Todd Nagel, not currently in ACF's library. ( )
  ACFellowship | Mar 8, 2017 |
If you're not rich enough or healthy enough or famous enough, it's your fault because you haven't prayed enough. At least, that's the basic theme of Pastor Batterson's book - similar to the old Prayer of Jabez. And I think that is ultimately cruel and a horrifying picture of God. He does briefly talk about God in the midst of suffering, but that's not the overall theme of the book. He says some good things about prayer, but goes too far. ( )
  Luke_Brown | Sep 10, 2016 |
His writing style is a bit too simple for me, but there are at least 3 really powerful chapters that make this worth reading, and a few new insights that I've never heard before. ( )
  Krild13 | Jun 10, 2016 |
I bought this book to read with my woman's group at church. While we're only doing about a chapter a month, I went ahead and finished it. It may change my prayer life if I could figure out what I want God to do in my life--I guess that is my prayer. I don't like to be negative, but my one complaint about this book is that when he wrote out a scripture, most of the time he didn't give the reference. I could have looked it up if I knew what version, but although they said unmarked scripture was NIV, I didn't find it was always the case. ( )
  eliorajoy | Jan 12, 2015 |
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According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, 'Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn't just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It's a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.' Do you ever sense that there's far more to prayer, and to God's vision for your life, than what you're experiencing? It's time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker---a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart's deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

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Using the true legend of Honi the circle maker, guides readers to help identify their dreams and future miracles in order to find the clearest and most valuable answers from God.

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