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The Circle Maker 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 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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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Circle Maker
  • Mark Batterson
  • 19 August 2018
  • 9780310330738

10 thoughts on “The Circle Maker


  1. says:

    This book has so much to recommend it Written in an engaging style, it reminds us of the power of prayer and encourages us to use our lives effectively for God However, there are so many approaches to prayer that are either wrong from a scriptural standpoint, or can be easily misunderstood, that I have no enthusiasm for this book Batterson claims that his is not a name it and claim it approach to God, but then he turns around and encourages the reader to name a Biblical promise from God even if the promise was for a specific person or people group for a specific time in history and then circle that promise read claim Though Batterson says he encourages people to pray only for God s will, he then goes on to say, If you aren t careful, the will of God can become a cop out if things don t turn out the way you want One of the most disturbing sections of the book involves the advice another pastor gives to a couple whose child has lost the ability to communicate The pastor receives a promise from God, based on Isaiah 59 21, and says, I guess that settles it Your child will talk The passage is about God s faithfulness to Israel and how His word will be in the mouths of His people, and the mouths of ...


  2. says:

    This book is surrounded by a lot of hype, but there were some issues with the theology presented here that are WAY too big to overlook In my opinion the writing is pretty poor, but I ll focus on the important aspects of why I gave this book one star First off, The Circle Maker is book is filled with a lot of blatant misinterpretations of scripture The example that comes to mind first is the usage of the miracle of the quail in the desert as an example of how we can ask God for anything we want and he has the power to do it As anyone could tell from reading 10 verses before or after the verses referenced in the book, this is about as apt of an example of God s power as His plague on David for sinfully taking a census in 2 Samuel 24 In the miracle of the quail, the people of Israel were being punished for what they asked for, and Batterson uses it a evidence that God can give us whatever we need, so we should always ask Him for it My issue here is that this is not an unintentional error in interpretation, it is the blatant manipulation of the Scripture The second aspect of this book that really put me off was the underlying implications expressed by the types of answered prayers tha...


  3. says:

    I loved this book so so SO much It s really encouraging in a number of ways, and Mark Batterson has a way of writing that is interesting and engaging I love storytelling in a non fiction book than almost anything, and this definitely fulfilled that desire Highly re...


  4. says:

    The Circle Maker opens with the story of Honi, a Hebrew sage from the generation before the birth of Christ, whose prayer, according to legend, resulted in the breaking of a severe drought, thereby saving the people of Israel from decimation So great was his trust and reliance on God that he drew a circle on the ground, knelt down inside it, and announced that he would not move until rain fell from heaven I generally approach books that promise to tell me how to get my prayers answered with a certain degree of skepticism Okay, actually, I don t generally even approach those books unless I m required to for a church class I m in, or, as in this case, asked to by a trusted friend After reading The Circle Maker, I still trust my friend and her discernment Batterson makes it clear early on that he isn t touting a magic formula, recommending bargaining with God, or even promising that we will see what we consider favorable outcomes He is encouraging us to place our fondest hopes, our wildest imaginations, our most audacious wishes, in the hands of the Omnipotence He is challenging us to set goals that can only be rea...


  5. says:

    This is the next book my small group will read together Very challenging, inspiring book on prayer Here are a few takeaways Every great movement of God begins with prayer Within the circle of prayer Within you Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers God isn t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers Who you become id determined by how you pray If you keep circling the promise, God will ultimately deliver What if Jesus were to ask you the same question he asked the blind man, What do you want me to do for you Do you know the answer The faith you have, the specific your prayers One litmus test of spiritual maturity is whether your dreams are getting bigger or smaller The older you get, the faith you should have because you ve experienced of God s faithfulness When imagination is sacrificed on the altar of logic, God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him Do you have a vision beyond your resources If you seek answers you won t find them, but if you seek God the answers you will find you Ove the past year, I ve been repeating one prayer with great frequency Lord, do something unpredictable and uncontrollable Are your problems bigger than God or is God bigger than your problems Our most powerful prayers are hyper linked to the promises of God By most conservativ...


  6. says:

    When you live by faith, it often feels like you are risking your reputation You re not You re risking God s reputation It s not your faith that is on the line It s His faithfulness Why Because God is the one who made the promise and He is the only one who can keep it The battle doesn t belong to you it belongs to God And because the battle doesn t belong to you, neither does the glory God answers prayer to bring glory to His name, th...


  7. says:

    This book was eye opening for me, and I ve put a lot of it into practice.There were a lot of coincidences around my reading of the book that made it quite clear that Someone was trying to get my attention Yes, I ve read the reviews that mention Batterson s theology I read the book carefully, and discussed it with my husband He skates close to the line a few times, but I think he s on the correct side Like anything else, you need to check it against Scripture and against what you know of God to see if it s worthwhile for you.The bottom line for me was that it re emphasized God s desire to give His children good gifts granted, not necessarily the ones we had in mind Also, it brought up the point that if you see God as BIG if you try to let Him out of the box where you ve inevitably tried to cram him your prayer life will be very different That will lead to your actual life being very different And I hope that s ...


  8. says:

    I ll begin by saying that any book that influences one to pray and to think about one s praying has been beneficial to read This book certainly has done that for me It has helped me be a little less about doing and about praying To simply be reminded of God s ability and desire to act in our lives as we appeal to Him is renewing and reviving.I did find myself at odds with the author s perspective in a number of matters The assumption is made that God often and regularly guides believers in particular non moral choices through inner promptings which can be claimed as God s messages and promises to us I guess I drank too heavily of the Gary Friesen Kool Aid Decision Making and the Will of God in early adulthood to feel comfortable with that assumption I am open to God speaking to me in the way He did to the prophets and apostles, in a way in which there could be no doubt it was God speaking His word to the soul, but I have not had that as a regular experience If one does not assent to this particular view of God s leading,...


  9. says:

    Very few authors have grabbed my attention and focus from a spiritual perspective as Mark Batterson has The last authors who captivated me to this extent were John Eldredge or Henri Nouwen I have been reading everything by Batterson I could get my hands on But to be honest, I was weary of reading this book It has so much hype, and it is the book to read in some Christian circles currently But after reading Praying Circles Around Your Children and The Circle Maker Student Edition dream big, pray hard, think long I finally circled back to read this one In under a week I read the book and the enhanced eBook edition with audio and video I am currently reading through for the third time I did not start highlighting this book until my third run through So some of the passages that have really grabbed my attention are Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers God isn t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers He is offended by anything less If your prayers aren t impossible to you, ...


  10. says:

    Batterson s writing is full of catchy language, devices, and effective rhetoric It corroborates that he is an avid reader and has learned many things from his reading Also positive are a few broad strokes that he makes about our lackluster faith and worship of the God of scripture Taken somewhat in isolation, I would agree with his points that many of us have a small view of God, we pray with very little faith in God s power, that God wishes and even requires that we pray for certain works of his hand, and that thinking long term involves risk.But the problems in Batterson s theology and use of language far outweigh what recommends the book, especially since they are subtly interwoven with and recast the positive points I had three principle concerns 1 Batterson has a way of equating God glorifying goals with promises to be circled claimed Throughout the book though it is not explored explicity , this maneuver involved the assumption that God has a will for every person s life that one should be determined to find out and successfully track down It also, then, relies on the timely and also not investigated injection of a whisper, impression or nudge from the Holy Spirit to indicate paths and prayers that God wants us to pursue I am not aware of any support from scripture for this view of God s will nor the idea that God typically gives subtle indicators to ...

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