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!