Book Review – The Circle Maker

I recently finished reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. Since his first book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, I’ve been a fan of his writing. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews of his work, each book gets better than the last.

The book’s title comes from the legend of Honi, the Circle Maker, who drew a circle in the ground and declared he would not move until his prayer for rain was answered. It’s this kind of bold, faith-filled prayer that Batterson addresses throughout.

What I appreciate about this book is its effective mixture of “how to,” theology, and stories of answered prayer. None of these elements outweigh the other to a great extent, but each of these are presented in a highly inspirational way. Batterson has a incredibly effective ability to cause the reader to dream big and pray big, audacious prayers.

The most impacting chapter for me, however, was probably one that dealt the least with prayer. Chapter 15 covers the topic of setting Life Goals. The book is worth picking up for this chapter alone. Too many people (including myself), simply walk through life without considering where they are headed or without creative a set of goals to achieve. I love the practical and inspirational aspects of this chapter. I’ll be revisiting this section of the book numerous times.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. Circle Maker is engaging, easy to read, inspiring and challenging. I highly recommend it.

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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