Impressions of “The Circle Maker”
Second to Scripture Mark Batterson’s newest release “The Circle Maker” has hands down served as the greatest influence on my prayer life this year. I couldn’t put this book down. In fact I couldn’t stop talking about this book. I read “The Circle Maker” during a message series on the Leadership of Nehemiah, and I found myself quoting Batterson’s book every weekend. I talked about it so much that several of the guys on my leadership team picked it up and suggested that it becomes required reading for all leaders of Warrenton Christian Church. This book will be on my reading list for the Men’s Coaching Group that I am launching this fall.
Content of “The Circle Maker”
Scattered throughout the pages of this book are unique stories of Batteron’s church, National Community Church, and God moving in the midst of their humongous dreams. As a church leader, I love reading stories of God’s faithfulness in and with other Churches. It inspires and encourages me. And these stories are woven inside of one story, the legend of Honi. The legend of Honi is the Jewish oral progression of one man who stood within a circle drawn in the sand and prayed so boldly for rain that God listened. Using this legendary example, Batterson draws our attention to the audacious prayer instructions scattered throughout the pages of the Bible. The inspiration of this book will challenge you to pray more fervently, more confidently, and more often!
Favorite Lines taken from “The Circle Maker”
“The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked.”
“And His answers are not limited by your requests. We pray out of ignorance, but God answers out of His omniscience. We pray out of our impotence, but God answers out of His omnipotence.”
“The more faith you have, the more specific your prayers will be.”
“Change of Pace + Change of Place = Change of Perspective”
“In the grand scheme of God’s Story, there’s a footnote behind every headline. The footnote is prayer.”
“We may be out of luck, but we’re not out of prayer.”
“When you live in obedience, you position yourself for a blessing.”
“Your job is not to crunch numbers and make sure the will of God adds up. When God enters the equation, His output always exceeds your input.”
“The size of our prayers depends on the size of our God. And if God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers.”
“Pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you.”
“We often pray as if God’s chief objective if our personal comfort rather than His glory.”
“When you live by faith it often feels like you’re risking your reputation. You’re not. You’re risking God’s reputation.”
About the Author of “The Circle Maker”
(Taken from the About Page of www.markbatterson.com)
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations, NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations. The vision of NCC is to meet in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the DC area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill.
Mark has two Masters Degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the best-selling books: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity, and Soulprint.
Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.
You can follow @MarkBatterson on Twitter.