Recently, a friend gave me this book. At this stage of life in which I find myself, he, my friend, thought the book apropos. His comment, "You need to see God bigger than you do right now," initially soured my taste to pick up the book. Once in its initial pages, Mark Batterson pulled me into his faith-prayer world.
Now, if you're looking for some deep theological search mode on prayer, this is not the book for you. As another friend shared, "The Circle Maker seems weak theologically." My answer to this criticism, "The Power of the book is in the miracle of the life of the author, and the "perplexing & amazing" founding of National Community Church in Washington D.C.
The Circle Maker challenges us on our view of God; a high view or low view. Is God bigger than our problems? Or, do we view our problems as bigger than God.
The Circle Maker challenges our impotent prayer lives! Seeing the God of the universe of over 80 billion galaxies demands a high view of God. Yet, God works often in the realms of faith; our faith in God's power. Our faith by praying circles around the God-desires placed in our hearts to accomplish above ordinary things marks every page of the book.
The Circle Maker challenges us to faith-pray circles of prayer around our God-given heart-desires unleashing God's power to work in our lives!
"The issue is never, 'Are you qualified?' The issue is always, 'Are you called?"
"Are your problems bigger than God, or is God bigger than your problems? Our biggest problem is our small view of God. That is the cause of all lesser evils. And it's a high view of God that is the solution to all other problems."
"We give up too easily. We give up too soon. We quit praying right before the miracle happens."
The rest is yours to discover!
Just My Thoughts,