Mark Batterson – Praying circles around your children: Book review

Book review by Ellenor Lotter


Today I greet you, wearing a different hat than the one I usually wear.
After worshipping my Jesus, another love that I pursue fervently, is a love for good sound literature and by the grace of God, I was handed “Praying circles around your children” by New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Circle Maker”, Mark Batterson.

This is a pocket sized paperback book that provides you with some practical tools not only on parenting, but also shares with you the legend of the circle maker. He teaches you to circle the promises of God, make prayer lists, create prayer mantras, form prayer circles and pray through the Bible.

As Batterson says, “I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children’s children. It’s time to start circling.”

I think any parent reading this would agree with me when I say that parenting is not for the faint hearted. With it, however, comes the most incredible opportunity to discover more of our Messiah as He reveals Himself to us through His written Word, through His Holy Spirit and also through the pen of many of His followers in this day and age.

Batterson pastors the National Community Church in Washington, DC. It is widely recognized as ‘one of America’s 25 most innovative churches’ and they are well known for reaching out to emerging generations in the seven different locations in the DC area. Their meeting place is theatres throughout the metro. Another way they are impacting their community with the love of Jesus is by making and drinking lots of coffee as they own and operate the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill!

Batterson also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books, including “The Circle Maker”, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”, and most recently, “All In”.

He proves that prayer is not only a ministry for the white haired Generals in our churches, but it is the call of every believer. So rise up and take your place as we impact not only this generation, but those to come!

I would highly recommend this as a must read on your list!

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