If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me mention this book on my Insta Stories. This book, The Circle Maker really changed the way I view prayer. If I were to give this book a rating, it would receive five out of five stars. I purchased the book sometime last year after seeing my buddy A.J. post about it on Instagram. I started reading it and I loved it then, but I didn't finish it. This time around, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Yes, it was that good.
The Circle Maker is based around the a biblical personality named Honi aka Onais the Rainmaker and his courage to pray through. In short, there was a drought that had lasted a very long time. There was no rain, which meant no water to drink and crops were dying and there was also a shortage in other areas. I mean, we need water duh! Honi grabbed a stick and drew a circle in the sand. He stood inside the circle and prayed (with expectation) for God to give them water. Now here's the dope part about this. Honi said that he would not move from within that circle until God moved. How crazy is that? That's some serious faith.
The book continues to give us examples on how to pray like Honi and also outlines some principles of prayer. What I loved about this book is how applicable the principles are that the author wrote about. Whether you're a devout Christian, non-believer or newbie, you can pick up this book and become a prayer warrior. I also loved how Batterson related to scripture in a way that anyone could understand. We don't come here programed with supreme knowledge of the Holy Bible scriptures. We have to study, and this book makes it simple.
Here are a few of my takeaways which might help you with your decision to add this book to your shelf.
- Praying Through and Praying Hard. In the book, Mark Batterson said, "Pray like it depends on God but work like it depends on you." If you're praying like something depends on God, most likely you're praying hard. And if you continue to pray, you'll pray some things through. In today's society, we want for our prayers to be answer instantly. If God doesn't say yes within 24 hours, we write it off as a no. However, sometimes God will delay your gratification in order to keep you in contact with Him. That's why you have feelings of sadness and un-fulfilment even after you've prayed and gone back to what you were doing. It's because you didn't let God be God. Be still, shut up and pray.
- Thinking Long. Often times we say prayers for ourselves just like when we go to work to earn a living. We spend all of our earnings leaving nothing behind for our children's children's children. Thinking long speaks to the idea of praying for long-term visions. It also speaks to the things that we may not ever witness, but are planting for the future.
- Creating a Life Goals List. This might've been my favorite part of the book. Batterson teaches that setting goals (especially really big ones) draws us closer to God and helps us to establish a continued open line of communication with Him through prayer. Having goals is a part of life. The key to goal setting however is to make sure that your goals align with the will of God for your life. If not, you're wasting your time. How do you know if your goals are a part of his will for your life you ask? By simply asking Him. I share more about creating a life goals list in my blog post "I'm Ditching Vision Boards For Good" and I even created a free download so that you could create your own Life Goals List. Click here to access it.
"One reason that many of us never get an answer to our prayers is that all we do is pray.... After you have prayed hard, you need to swallow hard and take a flying leap of faith. That is how you circle the miracle." (book excerpt, -The Circle Maker)
I hope that you'll take the time a read this book. If you chose to do so, let me know. If you've already read it, please share your thoughts. As you may know, I have a goal of reading 2 books per month. So stay connected for more book reviews. I also have a free virtual bookclub. If you'd like to join, click here. We pick back up with our next book selection in July!