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Praying Circles around Your Children [Kindle Edition]

Mark Batterson
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Book Description

Mark Batterson shares a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You'll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Through stories of parents just like you, Batterson shares five prayer circles that will not only help you pray for your kids, but also pray through your kids.
Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child's life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why.
As Batterson says, 'I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children's children. It's time to start circling.'

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About the Author

Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church one church with seven locations in Washington, D.C. Mark’s blog ( and podcast ( also reach a virtual congregation around the world. Mark is the author of several bestselling books, including the New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. He and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children.

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  • File Size: 1433 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310325501
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WRPS7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Little did my wife and I know when we connected with our friend Mark Batterson last October that years of droughts we were going through with our son would finally come to an end. When we begin to practice drawing our circle around our son with Autism and everyday speaking bold prayers, the tide begin to change. This book will teach you not to pray "Just get by prayers" but to come boldly to the throne of grace and pray BIG prayers because we serve a BIG GOD. Just like how Mark talked about Honi in his book "The Circle Maker" who became a "legend" because as his people were going through a year long drought Honi began to draw his circle and pray three bold prayers. Through those prayers the year long drought ended and Honi became a "legend" that we are talking about thousands of years later. I believe when you begin to draw your circle around your family, pray bold prayers, new legends are going to be born through your test becoming a testimony. You will come out of the drought. If God can do it for my family He can do it for yours. This book can change your life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book for parents! July 24, 2012
Praying Circles Around Your Children is such a great book for parents! Practical yet inspirational, it gives you hope and easy to remember methods to pray over and around your children. I recommend it for anyone who has children, grandchildren or just loves kids!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, bad delivery March 25, 2013
I appreciate the concept of this book, that parents need to intentionally enter into a life of prayer for their children, to cover their lives with that prayer and "circle" them. So, to that extent, this is a good book to remind us as that.

However, the presentation of the concept, while peppered with "You need to make sure you're praying God's will, not your will" admonitions, still came across strongly as "If you pray for it, it will happen". The stories and examples told came across as a matter of all that needed to happen for one daughter to gain self-confidence, for a son to have a miraculous healing, for the children to have good morals at school and at home, is simply for the parents to pray fervently, frequently, and earnestly.

But what I saw in all the stories was a different dynamic. While the book presented prayer as some way of making God do the things that needed to be done, instead what I heard were stories of parents who actually spent time discipling their children with prayer, reading scripture with them, modeling a life centered around God and God's purposes, and simply parents actually being parents and spending quality time discipling their children. Prayer is part of that, but not as some formulaic means to a miraculous end, but as a connection between the parents and God which leads to a changed life on the part of the parents. That changed life ends up positively influencing the children. So, yes, the prayer was answered... but not through a "magical" influence, but because God made the parents the instruments of the answer.

Don't get me wrong, I know prayer does miraculous things. I have a story in mind right now of a two-year-old little girl with a serious head injury who has made an amazing recovery.
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55 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mantra? July 24, 2012
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Wow...I so looked forward to this book. I ordered 10 of them to give to my family and to others. That was until I read this `quick-read' book and discovered the title for chapter 6, "The 3rd Circle: Creating Prayer Mantras."

Granted there are other definitions for this word but here's what Merriam-Webster lists as number one: A mystical formula of invocation or incantation (as in Hinduism). And that's exactly what I thought when I saw it. In the Circle Maker, Batterson talks about praying circles around our children (pp. 101-102) and uses a beautiful image of `framing' a poster or words on a wall---but fails to bring that thought over to this book.

UPDATED Oct 16, 2012! I have updated this book from a 3-star to a 4-star. I still don't like the use of the word 'mantra' but it's clear that Mark does NOT use the word in an 'eastern religious' way. Matter of fact the rest of the chapter may be the strongest in the book. And...I don't want people to NOT buy the book ONLY because of this one word. This is a book that can be very helpful to parents in praying for their kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing! September 6, 2012
By JLawson
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I have read many books on prayer written mostly by women. I have also been a part of a Moms In Prayer (formally Moms In Touch ) group for almost 20 years. I was refreshing to read a book from a dad's perspective of the power of prayer for your children. I was touched by the little details of his children's lives that he lifted up in prayer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praying Circles = Confessing Scripture October 1, 2012
By cori67
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A friend of mine, a youth pastor, recommended this book to me, so I downloaded it and read it. It is a quick read, not very long at all. Some of the doctrine, although not questionable is debatable. On the whole it was a solid book, with solid principles. Although I liked the Honi example, I would have preferred someone from the Bible to be the central theme of the book, not from the Talmud.

You can never go wrong when speaking scripture over your children, and that is the main thing I will walk away with. My kids are older, one is married, and the others are all teens. Many of the things Mark recommends parents do we had already doing.

One line in particular really stuck with me though, because it is a truth that carries through for whatever you are praying for. The line is, "God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
This is a wonderful book! It guides you as to what and how to pray for your children. I am reading it a second time to make sure I didn't miss anything!
Published 4 days ago by devan:)
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar book on prayer
I am enjoying this book very much. It is one of the best books on prayer I have ever read. Highly recommended and 5 stars!
Published 12 days ago by Katchak Yol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Easy, quick read with a great message. It has thoughtful information and great advice. I will be reading his first book soon.
Published 16 days ago by Becky Christman
3.0 out of 5 stars great book-simple, down-to-earth and practical
This book gives guidelines that you can easily emulate. It is easy to identify with some of the experiences. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Theodosia
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book!
I recently started praying scripture for my own spiritual walk with God. When I started seeing answers to prayers, I decided to do the same for my children. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars thankful
Thank you for reminding me of the importance and responsibility of praying for our children. So thankful I read this book.
Published 1 month ago by tonstanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
Great book with life applications. Was a true to blessing. would and have recommended to friends and coworkers. I have begun writing prayers as I read the WORD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!
And then apply it to your life! Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, concerned adults. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book!
Mark Batterson gives great suggestions on ways to be more prayerful. He also gives great insight on its impact. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Philip Wesley Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful
Great book for parents who want to make a powerful impact on their children. Full of hope, ideas and conviction, this book will stir up a spirit of intercession that challenges the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Youngblood
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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.

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