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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 35 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Audible.com Release Date: December 31, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006RVEP3E
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(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.Read more ›
Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., a church regarded as one of the most innovative and influential in the country. He made his debut in Christian publishing with In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and followed that up with several other titles, including The Circle Maker.
The Circle Maker finds its title and inspiration in Honi Ha-Ma'agel, a Jewish scholar who lived in the first century B.C. and who is described in the Talmud. He is remembered as a miracle-worker in the tradition of Elijah and Elisha. Wikipedia provides a condensed version of his most famous miracle:
On one occasion when God did not send rain well into the winter (in the geographic regions of Israel, it rains mainly in the winter), he drew a circle in the dust, stood inside it, and informed God that he would not move until it rained. When it began to drizzle, Honi told God that he was not satisfied and expected more rain; it then began to pour. He explained that he wanted a calm rain, at which point the rain calmed to a normal rain.
Batterson says, "The prayer that saved a generation was deemed one of the most significant prayers in the history of Israel. The circle he drew in the sand became a sacred symbol. And the legend of Honi the circle maker stands forever as a testament to the power of a single prayer to change the course of history.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was factual, infomative, thought provoking, and interesting. I'll read it again.Published 1 day ago by Phil Larsen
This book is very inspiring and thought-provoking! Batterson uses so many real-life stories, Bible verses and examples to prove just how powerful our God is! Read morePublished 5 days ago by amanda jordan
Batterson circles the reader with story after story of his personal experiences of success in circle prayers. Read morePublished 9 days ago by KTR
Helped me to focus more on my prayer life and organize my thoughts and relate / express my feelings to GodPublished 9 days ago by Dawn Branch
One of the best books I have ever read. Got me through a very hard time...studied every page of it, changed my life.Published 10 days ago by Daniel C.
I had been writing my prayers and gets tiring at times. I did it for my future. To remind myself of how God has brought me through. Read morePublished 13 days ago by prinsesastella
Exceedingly great .The book has pushed me to believe in God in another level. My faith has increased. Read morePublished 16 days ago by pascale l. hapi