Towards the end of 2011 I began thinking about 2012 and the adjustments I need to make.  As I spent time thinking and praying, the word “intentional” kept popping in my mind.  The more I thought about it two areas of my life emerged and it became obvious to me that these were areas I needed to focus on.  One of them happened to be PRAYER.  I stink at prayer!

Enter The Circle Maker.

I made a decision to read one chapter of The Circle Maker everyday beginning on January 1st.  This proved to be more difficult than I anticipated because of how much I loved the book.  Mark Batterson has truly written a great book.  The following are my thoughts regarding it.

  • For starters, the chapters are short!  I can’t stand when authors drag out an idea and make chapters longer than they need to be.
  • The book is highly tweetable!  Mark uses tons of bite sized truth.  Here’s a few from the opening chapters:
    • Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.
    • The greatest moments in life are the miraculous moments where human impotence and divine omnipotence intersect.
    • The transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life.
    • Most of us don’t get what we want simply because we don’t know what we want.
    • If we do what they did in the Bible, we might experience what they experienced.
  • Mark does a great job of adding his quirky, witty, scientific thoughts and insights into many of the miracles in the Bible that we have grown up with.
  • The book is also infused with many stories regarding National Community Church and the many things they have seen God do.
  • However, one thing that got old was the retelling/referencing of many of the same stories throughout the book.  At times it was a bit like groundhog day.

Having said all that, I highly recommend the book.  I enjoyed it and was challenged by it so much that we, as a church, are going to be doing a series built off of it in the near future!

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About the Author

Jeff Kapusta
I planted Lifepoint Church in February of 2006. We've experienced our share of ups and downs in ministry. Most of what I share comes from our blunders, I hope you're okay with that. I am a Husband and Father of 3. I enjoy surfing, golfing, cycling, photography, and crossfit. I love Jesus.