|The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears|
If you’re looking for a book to refresh your prayer life, this is the book for you. In three main sections (circles)—Dream Big, Pray Hard and Think Long--author Mark Batterson gets you thinking about the content of your own prayers and then suggests ways to enliven your prayer life.
The book opens with a legend about a man named Honi who lived in the first century B. C. During a time of drought, he prayed for rain in the midst of a circle he had drawn, swearing he would not move from the circle until the rains came. And the rains came down.
Woven throughout the book is how Batterson, a pastor, dreamed of establishing a church in Washington D. C. and how he circled the area praying for a specific location. Today the National Community Church is recognized as one of America’s 25 most innovative churches.
Batterson suggests circling scripture verses as you read that will serve as promises to reinforce prayer requests. He helps you draw prayer circles around your family by choosing words that capture your vision for loved ones and regularly incorporating them into your prayers. He reminds readers that God is not on our time table, so it’s important to keep praying year after year, as long as necessary. Some of our prayers may bear fruit long after we’re gone.
Written in a conversational style, the book is easy to read and entertaining. I notice some reviewers fault Batterson for promoting a “name it and claim it” approach. I did not find that to be true. The book motivated me to be more deliberate in thinking through exactly what I am praying for and staying faithful to the task.