The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears  -     By: Mark Batterson
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The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

Zondervan / 2011 / Hardcover

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In Matthew 21, Jesus tells us, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." However, most of the time we pray, we only ask for the small things. We're afraid to ask for what we really want, or to be passionate in our petitions. In The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson introduces you to the possibility of a deeper, more passionate, persistent, and more intimate prayer life. Sharing powerful insights from the the true legend of Honi the circle maker, a first-century Jewish sage whose bold prayer ended a drought and saved a generation, you will learn a new way to pray. Discover the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in God's promises.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310333024
ISBN-13: 9780310333029
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Publisher's Description

According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, 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.

Author Bio

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. You can follow Mark on Twitter: @markbatterson

 

 

 

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In his latest book, Washington, D.C., area pastor-author Batterson (In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day) says his method of talking to God “has the power to revolutionize the way you pray”—and he just might be right. Yet this method isn’t packaged with hipster edge or a 10-step strategy. Batterson uses timeless knowledge and tales that predate Jesus to urge the reader to simply drop to his knees. Beginning with the Jewish legend of Honi, who drew a circle around himself and prayed for rain, Batterson examines the answered prayers of several “circle makers.” The circle metaphor is applied loosely throughout the book (e.g., walking in prayer circles, praying in a group, praying repeatedly for a concern), making it accessible in multiple situations. At times Batterson’s excitement manifests as cutesy bumper sticker–like phrases, and he spends much of the book recounting his own church’s miraculous growth. But readers will fall for his intensity and encouragement to pray “tenaciously.” The unearthed technique will have readers drawing prayer circles around everything from buildings and news to their own hopes and dreams. Agent: Esther Fedorkevich. (Jan.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Ahna
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    Ahna
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    Loved the prompt service, loved the price, LOVE the book!!
  2. Terra Hangen
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    Pray Bold Prayers
    January 13, 2014
    Terra Hangen
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Batterson shares examples of answered prayers and invites us to pray circles around our impossibly big dreams, problems and fears. He suggests we pray with the boldness of David in the Psalms, and has an interesting chapter on setting life goals. This book is relevant to all ages and especially to people in their 20s and 30s, since Batterson is an innovative pastor and ministers to many young people.
  3. Mort
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very readable and thought provoking book on prayer
    January 3, 2014
    Mort
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    This is an excellent book on prayer. Hard to describe the motivation it provides. A MUST read.
  4. CBD Customer
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    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Unscriptural
    December 10, 2013
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    I find it interesting that most of the positive reviews do not seem to acknowledge that this book is unscriptural. There is no need whatsoever to draw a circle and that concept alone clearly contradicts Scripture:

    "As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith." 1 Timothy 1;4

    "Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly." 1 Timothy 4:7

    The Bible clearly defines the criteria needed for receiving answer to prayer: "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7

    Are you abiding in Christ? Do you pray daily, lean on Him, seek Him, follow Him and love Him? Is God's Word in your heart? Do you read it, study it, meditate on it, strive to obey it daily? Do you love His Word? If you abide in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word abides in you, you won't be looking to the world for fulfillment because you will find fulfillment in Christ and He promises that He will answer your prayers.

    "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." 1 John 5:14

    If teaching is not scriptural that means it is unscriptural and it is in error.
  5. Pastor Bert
    Trevor, Wisconsin
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An incredable book on the theory of praying
    December 9, 2013
    Pastor Bert
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    circles around anything you can imagine. The concept of walking around Jerico is a perfect example of how God answers prayer. I have put God's promises into practice and found Mark's theory to be in perfect harmony with the art of circle making. Life changing experiences take place in your life. I highly recommend reading this profound little book.

    Pastor Roberta Albrecht
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