I’m constantly reading. I like my share of fiction (Harry Potter) but for the last few years I’ve been very interested in books I can learn something from and apply it to my everyday life. Weekly I will write about a book that I have read that has somehow helped me in my everyday life. I will also write about books that are just good reads. Everyone just needs a good read every once in a while.
The most recent book I read was “The Circle Maker” By Mark Batterson. This book is mainly about prayer and strengthening your relationship with God. I believe many people think prayer has to be a formal thing or that you have to use fancy words for God to hear you. Prayer is simply your daily conversation with God. It’s your way to strengthen your relationship. It doesn’t just have to be done before bed or at dinner.
The book revolves around the legend of the circle maker, Honi. In the first century B.C. near Jerusalem there was a drought that threatened to kill everyone. During this time, miracles were a distant memory and many people felt God no longer heard them. Honi was the exception. He dared to pray. He drew a circle, dropped down to his knees, raised his hands to heavens and began to ask God for rain. He asked with authority and no doubt in his voice and rain began to pour.
The author tells the story to illustrate what one powerful prayer can do. He also speaks about how he has circled many things in his life in prayer. Some things have yet to happen but he has a good story for the things that have. This book also spoke about circling your biggest goals in prayer. Also ensuring that you write down your goals so you can have a visual of all the great things God has helped you accomplish.
I thought this book was an awesome read especially if you are working on your relationship with God. My personal takeaways from this book were that God wants you to come to him with mighty, audacious prayers. The bigger and more challenging the prayer the better because that means you will rely on him to help you through. I now keep a prayer journal where I write down all my prayers as well as my lifelong goals.
You can buy the book from amazon for about $10.
Please let me know if you read it.