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The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears Paperback – December 6, 2016
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Honi the circle maker is a long-time legendary figure, and Mark Batterson is well on his way. You will love the freshness of this approach to prayer. (John Ortberg, pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, and author of The Me I Want to Be)
Mark Batterson has hit the nail on the head in The Circle Maker! He clearly and practically lays out what prayer looks like and the powerful results that come from a bold prayer life. (Pete Wilson, author of Plan B)
Without a doubt Mark Batterson is a voice to our generation and one of my favorite authors. The Circle Maker will inspire us to dare to pray the kind of prayers that will change us and the world around us. When we pray, we move God, and when God is moved, he moves mountains. This book reminds us of the most important key for unlocking the God-dream inside. (Christine Caine, Founder of the A21 Campaign)
What's your Jericho? What promise does God want desperately to shower upon you--if you but ask? The Circle Maker gives you timeless wisdom for claiming God's promises, pursuing dreams, and changing the world. (Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God)
My bookshelves at home are littered with books I intended to read but never finished. Mark doesn't write those kind of books. Mark writes books that demand a second and even third reading, because there's always something new to find. With The Circle Maker, Mark has done it again. (Jon Acuff, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like)
Mark Batterson encourages readers to take their prayer lives to a new level that will honor the mighty power of God. Like the man who made prayer circles for rain, we are to make bold prayers for things that seem impossible. Through the stories of modern-day prayer miracles, you will be inspired to draw prayer circles around your family, friends, and yourself. The Circle Maker teaches that God is for you and that the big dreams you claim in your prayers will be reflected in the way you live your life. (Pastor Matthew Barnett, co-founder of the Dream Center)
Mark Batterson is a master story teller. His stories illustrate important biblical truths that convict me in my heart and make me hunger for a closer walk with God. The Circle Maker is such a story. I have changed the way I pray--longing for a more powerful and effective prayer life. I am now drawing circles. (Ruth Graham, author of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There)
Mark Batterson is one of the most brilliant and engaging writers on the planet. I love the way he both challenge and encourages his audience through the written word. The Circle Maker isn't just a book full of really good ideas and catchy phrases; it's a concept that, if applied, could totally change the way we walk with God. (Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church)
My friend Mark Batterson has a way of always drawing us close to the heart of God through his writing. In his latest book, The Circle Maker, he shows us how through prayer we can enjoy sitting at the table of heaven's boardroom. (Pastor Rich Wilkerson, founder of Peacemakers and senior pastor of Trinity Church in Miami, Florida)
About the Author
Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Chase the Lion. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with seven campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University. He and his wife Lora, have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
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PLEASE PLEASE read John Eldredge's "Moving Mountains" after you've read this. The Circle Maker (to me) was like a plate full of sweet cake, but it left me craving steak. Within 10 pages of reading "Moving Mountains", I was in tears. It's great to be encouraged by others' testimonies, but we also need to understand the deeper workings of prayer - AND how to handle our hearts when our prayers aren't answered the way we hoped.
This book is not a book I would ever recommend and intertwines witchcraft with Biblical verses. I only read it as one of the Bible study groups decided to read this. Yes, they are aware of my thoughts on this book as a book for spiritual guidance. Remember how subtle the serpent was with Eve.
Very little Scripture, and what is used is often pulled out of context.
This is likely the longest review I have written on Amazon. I literally watched my prayer circles that I wrote down and prayed over come to past. And others I am sure God will reveal in His time. I have heard pastors preach about "yes". "no". and "maybe" answers to prayer. This book is a message that calls you to spend more time with God so your prayers are directed to uplifting the kingdom. Those prayers seem to lead more to "right prayer" going up with "right attitude" and "right expectations" once the answers arrive.
I will refrain from listing the major changes I have seen in my life this year (and still 6 months left in 2018). It is evident barriers and bondage was broke as prayer were asked and answered. Okay, I have said enough. Buy the book and more importantly TRUST God.
Romans 10: 9-10 (-:
But I was appalled at how bad the author's theology was. Not biblical at all... READ WITH CAUTION AND DISCERNMENT
Almighty God should not be asked to "help" some situation, which to me does not give God His due respect. Almighty God should be asked to do thoroughly what we all know and believe God can do: which is anything since He owns the Universe. Asking God to do less than He is capable of seems to me to be an insult. God can and will say no if His plan and Glory are not being increased. Asking for the best outcome shows our Faith, let God decide His answer and we will accept it, but never fail to ask.
Jesus even asked for the cup (crucifixion) to be taken from Him, and yet He knew that cup was why He was here in the first place, but He still asked because He knew the Father heard Him and could have done anything to save Him from that cup, to me that prayer in the garden is really how Jesus taught us to pray. Ask for what you want/need: after all, thanks to Jesus we have been given the grace to talk to the Creator of the Universe, it's an immense privilege, let's not forget who we are praying to and this book brings that home.
This book increased my Faith and I've never prayed the way I used to before reading it. Highly recommended, read it more than once.
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If you know you serve a God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond all that you could ask or think and that He loves you with a passion enough to die for you for... if you can't think of anything else, then to me that is a good enough reason & a promise that you can circle and believe for.
This book is not purporting to be one of those "get rich quick" schemes or fancy notions of doing some fancy action 3 times a day to make God move into action on our behalf because of the repetition; it is simply saying, your faith CAN move mountains, if you come into AGREEMENT with HIS plan and purpose for your life!!!
It’s also re-ignited my desire for dreaming big dreams, and it’s inspired me to think beyond my own life and generation with these dreams.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s excellently written with lots of great real life stories. It’s one of those books you’ll want to read over and over again in years to come.
At a time I felt useless and restless God called me to "Stop!"' This book has helped me find a,purpose and a. New way of living because of Him. Pray. And don't stop praying
I have been frustrated with my prayer life for a while, knowing there is so much more to be had, but just not knowing how to access this. I don’t remember having ever been so inspired by a book and feel immensely empowered and excited as to the future.
Thank you Mark and of course, thank God.
The only potential criticism is that some British readers could accuse it of being too American, by which we would mean over optimistic and risky. But Mark balances this with a wholehearted commitment to Gods glory and his power and that it's about him and not us.