The Circle Maker for Kids: One Prayer Can Change Everything  -     By: Mark Batterson
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The Circle Maker for Kids: One Prayer Can Change Everything

ZonderKidz / 2013 / Hardcover

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Encourage kids to discover the power of prayer with the illustrated The Circle Maker for Kids. Beautifully illustrated and simply retold for children, this story teaches children (and adults!) the importance of prayer and the persistence in it and the trust that God will hear your prayers.

The people of Israel were thirsty---it had not rained, not one drop, in a year. Desperate, the people go to their last hope: Honi, the rainmaker. Honi does something strange . . . something bold . . . and all the people discover the power of prayer.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 1.10 X 6.10 X 11.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0310724929
ISBN-13: 9780310724926
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Publisher's Description

“One prayer can change everything.”

A terrible drought had hit the land. Gardens died, rivers ran dry; the Israelites had one last hope: Honi the Rainmaker. So they called upon him to pray, and Honi did something strange … something bold.

Would God send the rains and save the people? 

Basing this story on his adult bestseller The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson shares the ancient Jewish legend of Honi the Rainmaker with children to teach them about the power of prayer.

Author Bio

Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. Recognized as “one of America’s 25 most innovative churches,” NCC is one church with seven locations. Mark’s blog (www.markbatterson.com) and webcast (www.theaterchurch.com) also reach a virtual congregation around the world. Mark is the author of several bestselling books, including New York Times bestsellers The Circle Maker and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  He and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children. You can follow Mark on Twitter: @markbatterson

 

 

 

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  1. mojo
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a Biblical story
    December 12, 2013
    mojo
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. (one of the Most Innovative and Most Influential Churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008.) Batterson is also an author and has written several books.

    The tale of Honi the Circle Drawer, is about a first-century man who lived during a great drought in Jewish history. Honi was more of an "activist" than he was a "miracle worker" in that he drew a circle in the dust, stood inside it, and informed God that he would not move until it rained. (thus putting God to the test).

    Tradition says that when it started to rain, Honi told God that he was not satisfied and expected more. Through the "tale" Honi proceeds to go back and forth with his prayer until the rain is "to his liking." (Babylonian Talmud, Ta'anit 23a).

    Tradition also says that Honi was excommunicated for his actions - because the Rabbi's believed that his "ordering of God" and his "stunt" was dishonorable to God. There are others who believe that God and Honi had a "special relationship" and that therefore Honi was "allowed" to be so brazen with his creator.

    Either way, this is not a "biblical story" more so than it is Jewish folklore. I don't know how we could "prove" this incident took place, it more than likely did - but I don't know how I feel about this being the subject of a kids book.

    I know Mark wrote a book about this same subject for adults - and I think adults can better process this story. And it is a wonderful example of the power of prayer. But I think if kids see the story and the pictures they might assume it's a story from the Bible.

    The story is wonderful and the pictures are beautiful - I would certainly recommend this book for a Jewish home - or for kids who can understand that this is not an actual bible story.

    Thank you to Zondervan for an advanced copy of this book to review.
  2. Happy Shopper
    Denver CO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For all ages
    November 30, 2013
    Happy Shopper
    Denver CO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great story to teach on the importance and power of prayer.
  3. yohaira
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful Book!
    November 4, 2013
    yohaira
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This is a powerful book for kids and their parents! Cant wait to get the adult version of the book.
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