I started reading it in November 2012. Coincidentally (or not, actually!), I began to read this book right after I was asked to become a LifeGroup teacher at my church. I really wanted to teach, but felt that it probably wasn’t possible considering everything else I have on my plate.
By chapter 3 of The Circle Maker, I had changed my mind and knew I would teach. This book opened my eyes to the greatness of God’s plan. It let me see that maybe my dreams aren’t so impossible after all. It inspired dreams I’d never had before–dreams that have already come true, just in the last 3 months.
The “Circle Maker” reference comes from an ancient Jewish sage named Honi. Israel was enduring a terrible drought, and things looked hopeless. The people asked Honi to pray for rain. Honi drew a circle in the sand with his staff, knelt down inside it, and told God that he would not leave that circle until God sent rain. And as soon as he began to pray… it rained. Honi refined his prayer three times until he got just the kind of rain he wanted. God used Honi to save the nation.
In The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson teaches you how to “Dream big, pray hard, and think long.” He stretches your entire concept of what God could do in your life. He inspires and challenges you. And it’s all biblical. He’s not a name-it, claim-it type of guy.
This book is chock-full of stories, so it’s easy to read. The stories will preach, too! I’ve been teaching this book to my LifeGroup, and it’s all I can do to get the material covered every week. It’s powerful.
One of my favorite things about this book is how practical it is. For example:
- Batterson offers the best writing about setting goals–including making a list of life goals–that I’ve ever read. (And I’ve been devouring goal-setting books for years.)
- He talks about persistence and claiming promises.
- He talks about what is really going on when you feel like you’re not getting answers.
This book is a terrific read. It’s a life-changer; a keeper. I really recommend that you read it and allow yourself to dream all the way through it. As Batterson says, “You can’t never always sometimes tell” what will happen in your life when you give God and yourself a chance!
Have you read The Circle Maker? If so, what did you think about it? Leave your comments below!