Rated: A- Truly inspiration relating to your prayer life. You can't read this book and not dream big, think long and pray hard.
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If a group is wanting to study prayer Mark's book is a great place to start. The Circle Maker allowed us to look at prayer through a lens I had not looked through before and even a few years after reading it for the first time I still incorporate principles from the book into my prayer life. ACF: Todd Nagel, not currently in ACF's library.
Good men's group bible discussion book, but I wouldn't put it near the top of inspirational books I've read. I did enjoy the author's stance on the importance of prayer and how we as Christians should be diligent about it, but....and you knew there was a but...some of his comments on parts of the Bible and "what God wants" seemed a little off kilter to me. It is thought provoking, though.
This book was okay. It helped remind me how important it is to pray for people in my life, and to keep praying and believing no matter how long it takes. The book was very repetitive though. I'm also a little uncomfortable with the whole circle thing. I'm not real sure how Biblical that actually is. Some of the book seemed to skirt awfully close to the name it and claim it prosperity stuff that I steer clear of. I think it would help to actually know the man to really be able to see what kind of man he is and the fruit he produces.
Bear in mind that the basic premise of this book is a supposed historical event (you can never argue with experiences). Problematically, history can never tell you what ought to be; history can only tell you what happened. Yet, author Mark Batterson bases his entire argument on what happened (experience) a generation before Jesus came, not what the Bible says ought to be (principle). Unfortunately, there is no Scripture Index--which is always telling in a book that is purportedly "Christian"--and I could find no reference to Matthew 6, which is a primary text of Jesus' teaching on prayer. "The earth has circled the sun more than two thousand times since the day Honi drew his circle in the sand, but God is still looking for circle makers" (page 13). How he knows this is God's current activity Batterson does not say. The author asserts that the failure to pray dream fulfilling and miraculous prayers is due to our not coming to terms with the truth that God is for us. However, the Apostle Paul assets (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit), that the conviction that God is for us is grounded in the atoning work of Christ, and he makes no mention of prayer in the context. Therefore, Batterson is, at best, guilty of synthetically interpreting (eisegesis - get a dictionary) Scripture. Because God tells us to "redeem the time", I cannot suggest you read this book. However, if you want to read a book that makes unfounded assertions, misrepresents God and and his Word, and lacks cogent argumentation, I highly recommend you read this volume. Otherwise, use it, page by page, for starting fires on cold winter mornings. If you want to read a good book on prayer, find one that starts out citing Scripture and does so the entire way.
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