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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.
Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2013
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"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.
Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. Recognized as one of Americas 25 most innovative churches, NCC is one church with seven locations. Marks 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
mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Not a Biblical storyDecember 12, 2013mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1Mark 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.
Happy ShopperDenver COAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For all agesNovember 30, 2013Happy ShopperDenver COAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a great story to teach on the importance and power of prayer.
yohairaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Book!November 4, 2013yohairaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis is a powerful book for kids and their parents! Cant wait to get the adult version of the book.