The author says (in the church "Bible Study" videos as well) Quotes- "You're going to pray in a new way", "You can't just read the Bible, you need to start circling the promises." Oh really??? I bought the book and, unfortunately, read it. I don't need my graduate courses in Theology to know the author is way off base. The books premise is based on a mythical character named "Honi" who draws a circle in the sand, stands in it, then tells the Creator of the universe he will not leave until God makes it rain. The author says God gives in to the childish tantrum of "Honi" and makes it rain. First, God does not play "Let's Make A Deal". He is not our "Genie-In-A-Bottle" here. The author also says the bigger the prayer, the more God pays attention to it (a non-Biblical theme, to say the least). The book promotes the "Name It And Claim It", Prosperity-Gospel approach that is the pop-culture, fad- "religion" that some churches use today. This NY Times bestseller is just wrong, and I am far from a legalist. This is nothing less than heresy. Jesus teaches us how to pray and yes, the Bible is the basis of it. Batterson misses the message and misses it terribly. Don't waste your money, seriously.
Mark's book and Bible study set (guide and DVD) are excellent. The message of power of prayer with Mark's real life examples is proof positive of what can happen when we pray circles around every area of our lives. I especially like the Goal Setting section of the book. Very helpful.
I love this book! It is full of examples of anwered prayer and gives encouragement. I have already purchased 3 extra copies for friends going through difficult times and am getting ready to purchase more! You don't have to be going through a difficult time to read this, though. Anytime is a good time to be a circle maker :-)