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.
Read a sample of The Circle Maker here.
Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with seven locations in Washington, DC. Mark is the author of several best-selling books: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, and Primal. Mark is a popular speaker at leadership conferences, denominational gatherings and men’s retreats. His articles appear in a wide-variety of periodicals including Leadership Journal, Rev, Outreach Magazine, and Relevant. Mark and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children.
The Circle Maker is one of the best books I have ever had the privilege to read. It is the type of book that makes me read slowly, then put it down for awhile, and let the thoughts and promises slowly simmer and sink into my heart and soul.
Mark Batterson is the author of one of my other favourite books titled "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day". Both of these books are incredibly life changing, and after reading this one ... I will never think about prayer in the same way. The concept of praying circles around our biggest dreams and fears may sound simple, but the results are far from small. The following quote from the book really impacted me:
"Don't just read the Bible. Start circling the promises. Don't just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals. Don't just pray. Keep a prayer journal. Define your dream. Claim your promise. Spell your miracle."
I loved the story of Honi the Circle Maker, as well as the stories of many others from Bible times and present day who claimed their promise and refused to sway from their dream or miracle. Some miracles took many years to be fulfilled, yet they stood firm.
For anyone interested in learning to pray circles around their family, their friends and their dreams, this book is a fantastic place to begin the journey.
Disclosure: Review copy received courtesy of Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.