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The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears [Kindle Edition]

Mark Batterson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,155 customer reviews)

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According to Pastor Mark Batterson in this Zondervan ebook, 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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About the Author

Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D. C. Recognized as “one of America’s 25 most innovative churches,” NCC is one church with seven locations. Mark’s blog (www.markbatterson.com) and webcast (www.theaterchurch.com) also reach a virtual congregation around the world. Mark is the author of several bestselling books, including New York Times bestsellers 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: 1691 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310333024
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EGK0MI
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732 of 823 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the way Jesus taught us to pray April 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I've put off reviewing this book for a long time. I was sent a prerelease copy by Zondervan before the book was published in mid-December of 2011. Why has my review been so slow in coming? I struggle with critique for books that I don't particularly enjoy---and this was a book that I didn't enjoy; in fact, I don't care too much for it at all except for the fact that I like Mark Batterson. I had the opportunity to meet him personally a few years back at a conference in Ohio. He's a very good speaker and a seemingly genuinely nice guy. I've read all but one of his books to date and have pretty much enjoyed them all; my favorites have been Wild Goose Chase and Primal. This compounds my reluctance to offer my honest review of Circle Maker. I wanted to like it and I wanted to submit an encouraging review, but I can't...at least if my intent is to be honest about it. One last point before I continue, it seems as though I am in the minority with my opinion concerning this book, but then...the Prayer of Jabez has sold millions of copies and is a New York Times bestseller, so what do I know.

(From the Back Cover) In the Circle Maker, Pastor Mark Batterson shares powerful insights from the true legend of Honi the circle maker, a first-century Jewish sage whose bold prayer ended a drought and saved a generation. Drawing inspiration from his own experiences as a circle maker, Batterson will teach you how to pray in a new way by drawing prayer circles around your dreams, your family, your problems, and, most importantly, God's promises. In the process, you'll discover this simple yet life-changing truth: God Honors Bold Prayers; Bold Prayers Honor God.
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191 of 218 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Either confusing or contradicting, not sure which December 26, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book has been popular lately, and I was thankful that Zondervan sent me a copy to review. I always need encouragement in my prayer life, and this book certainly points us in that direction.

The basis of this book is a legend about a Jewish man named Honi. A few years B.C., Honi drew a circle and stayed in this circle praying for rain. He intended to remain in that circle until the rain came, which it did. The author draws a parallel from this legend that we can draw a circle around our dreams, concerns, hopes, etc. and stay there until our prayers are answered.

While reading this book I was both nodding my head in agreement and shaking my head with disagreement. I am all for praying big prayers and trusting God for answers, yet I do not agree that "If you keep drawing prayer circles, the answer is yes" (p. 43). Later on the author clarifies this point by stating, "No doesn't always mean no; sometimes no means not yet." This sounds too much like a 'name it and claim' routine which the author says this book is not about, "drawing prayer circles isn't some magic trick to get what you want from God" (p. 14). So I am confused about the purpose of a circle prayer.

I was reminded of The Prayer of Jabez while I was reading this book. Years ago that book inspired people to pray big prayers and trust God. Where the Jabez prayer is found in the Bible, the Honi legend is just that, a legend. I am having a hard time with the theology of this book especially since the basis of the book is a legend, not a Biblical truth.

Suffice it to say, this book did not inspire me. I really wanted it to, but it fell short.
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161 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Big. Pray Hard. Think Long. December 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover
THE CIRCLE MAKER by Mark Batterson is a book about prayer and faith which will encourage, challenge and motivate the believer. Lead pastor of National Community Church, Mark writes with insight and clarity about the importance of "dreaming big, praying hard and thinking long".

The story begins with Honi, a legendary Jewish figure from 1 BC, whose faith and prayer saved the generation before Jesus by calling upon the God of heaven and earth to provide rain in time of near- fatal drought. Honi drew a circle in the desert sand, took his place, and called upon God to let it rain. And rain it did!

Mark calls upon believers to pray big prayers and draw circles in holy desperation for more of God in our lives: for ourselves, our children and our communities. Those prayers, when mixed with faith, are seeds which bear fruit, even in the generations to come. He exhorts the believer to pray prayers which honor God's greatness, His Goodness, His omnipotence, His desire to answer as a loving Father. Draw circles around God's promises. They are for us. Pray them through and wait expectantly.

Praying hard is key: "Work like the outcome depends upon you and pray like the outcome depends upon God." "Prayers are prophecies. They are the best predictors of your spiritual future...Ultimately, the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life."

Mark has a gift for speaking to this generation. No one connects with young people in more relevant or impactful ways than he does. For example, Mark writes, "Our most powerful prayers are hyperlinked to the promises of God." Suddenly, my Bible is underscored with hot links which we double-click by prayer. Who'd have thought?

This book is built upon faith. "Every prayer is a time capsule.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Outstanding book. It will change your prayer life. Highly recommend this book.
Published 5 hours ago by M. Mcquinn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
never got into this book
Published 13 hours ago by Marijo
5.0 out of 5 stars Recharge your prayers
A book that will encourage your faith for the impossible situations in your life through prayer.
Mark Batterson is a gifted communicator and a living example to God's... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better written books I have read in a wile
One of the better written books I have read in a wile. Gets to the very heart of prayer, our inaction, and connection with Our Lord. HIghly recommend the book !
Published 2 days ago by linda k johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very thought provoking and challenging.
Published 2 days ago by KC Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing must read for all disciples
This will change the way you pray!!!! Amazing must read for all disciples.
Published 3 days ago by AliciaRaye W
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book !!
This is a great book and you will need a highlighter pen to highlight those reference lines to remember. I have my friends using it also and they love it.
Published 3 days ago by Deborah L Carbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars ANY and ALL Christians MUST buy this book!
Most of the time are prayers may not be answered the way we want them because we aren't specific enough. This book tells us that God wants are bold demanding prayers. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lauren Ewing
4.0 out of 5 stars Draw Your Circles and Be Inspired to Pray
Mark Batterson inspires us to pray. Many of us who read this book already pray and we will be inspired to more prayer, more persistent prayer, and more audacious prayer as we read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dean Krosecz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Circle Above and Beyond Will Move Mountains.
This book has changed the way I look at prayer. I have been a believer all my life and held many church leadership positions but this changes and simplifies prayer in a way that... Read more
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Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) 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 theaterchurch.com podcast is one of the fastest-growing church podcasts in America . Mark is also a daily blogger @ www.markbatterson.com . Mark lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and three children.

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