Book Review:The Circle Maker

Do you have big dreams for your family, your future, your health?  Do you know what to do with those dreams?  Or have your dreams fizzled down to nothing for lack of  direction and inspiration?

Mark Batterson dreams big.  In his most recent book The Circle Maker we read about many of those dreams and how they were fulfilled.  He walks the reader through the logistics of dreaming big, praying hard, and thinking long. One of my favorite sections was on goal setting. It was interesting to read his perspective and to get some tips on the subject.

Mark works hard to inspire the reader to be consistent in prayer and not give up. He offers many good arguments for strong, concise, faith-filled praying. By the same token, I found that while Mark always likes to use catchy phrases and clichés, this book went a little too far for me in that area.

Phrases like, “God isn’t offended by big dreams; He’s offended by anything less.” ( p.55) and “I promise you this: God is ready and waiting. So while I have no idea what circumstances you find yourself in, I’m confident that you are only one prayer away from a dream fulfilled, a promise kept, or a miracle performed” (p. 13),  did not sit well with me.  I like to keep things biblical, especially when I am speaking for God. On the other hand, he says we must come to terms with the fact that God is for us. There is nothing cliché about that. God IS for us.

This book will build your faith, though some of the author’s writing is definitely a little over the top.  I like Mark. He is definitely a trend setter; a visionary with big goals and big dreams. I think you would enjoy reading all about it, and be inspired in the process.

I received this book from Mark, for free, for the purpose of reading and blogging about it.     If you enjoy reading this blog, click here to  Subscribe by Email. You will  receive it directly in your inbox and  not miss a post.

Many Blessings to you and those you love, Leslie Rose K

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. -William James

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lee Ellzey on March 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Appreciate you insights. I wasn’t offended by any of Mark’s writings in this book. If anything, it challenged and reminded me that I often limit my prayers instead of praying as boldly as I should.


  2. Sounds like a good book Leslie, but like you said some of the phrases just don’t go down well. lol I guess it is all in how you take it. Other than that, it sounds like a good, inspiring read! Thanks for you take on the book!


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