Monday, January 14, 2013

Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

The first thing you should know is that this is a mini-book, about 7" x 4", and 103 pages.  For those who want to get a few ideas from a quick read - this is it!  However, for those who like more application and examples, you may want to read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson instead.

The main point of this little book is to stress that praying for your children is important.  Praying "circles" simply means to be persistent and never give up.  The author gives some ideas of how to pray for our children, including the use of Scripture, prayer lists, prayer journals, mantras, and the laying on of hands.  It encourages parents to model for and involve their children in prayer.

While some examples are given, it would have been helpful to have more.  Some people are not going to understand what "pray through the Bible" means or how to find the "promises of God" for our children.  An appendix containing some Scriptures to get started would have been helpful.  This is definitely a book designed to inspire a mature Christian, not to instruct someone new to prayer or Christianity.  Overall, a great message for the right audience.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.

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