The Circle Maker

Book Review: The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

June 1st, 2016

Mark Batterson’s, The Circle Maker, is an outstanding read for all coaches, especially Christian Coaches. The book’s tagline, “Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears” does justice to the pages inside that challenge the reader to THINK and DREAM BIGGER while praying more specifically. Throughout the book Batterson speaks of intentionally praying and planning for the purposes that God has called you to in your professional, spiritual, and personal life.

The main premise of the book is to “circle everything in prayer”, hence the title The Circle Maker. Whether you are literally taking walks and laying hands on your dreams (such as a property of land you wish to buy with God’s blessing) or figuratively circling your dreams in prayer, all followers are called to continually circle their biggest dreams until they become a reality. Another great principle that came out of the book is to praise God for what you know he will bring you and has promised you in the future before he has physically given it to you. An incredible sign of faith, belief, and trust!

Below are some of the excerpts from the book that are most applicable to being a leader, a coach, a role model and living out your life purposefully and intently.

Christian Excerpts:

            “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less.”

“The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked.”        

            “God doesn’t answer vague prayers.”

            “And this neurological tendency presents a grave spiritual danger. At some point, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory. Instead of creating the future, we start repeating the past. Instead of living by faith, we live by logic.”

            “Act like it depends only on you, pray like it depends only on God.”

            “God doesn’t call the qualified; God qualifies the called.”

            “If you have never been overwhelmed by the impossibility of your plans, then your God is too small.”

“God will get bigger and bigger until you see your impossible prayer for what it really is: an easy answer for an almighty God.”

“Do you have a favorite place to pray? A place where you get better reception? A place where your mind is more focused A place where you have more faith?”

“In retrospect, I’m glad the coffeehouse took eight years of hard prayer because it stretched our faith in the process. When you have to pray that long, you aren’t even tempted to take it for granted. This may sound commonsensical, but if it hadn’t taken a miracle, it wouldn’t be a miracle.”

“We sometimes pray as if God doesn’t want to keep His promises. You have no idea how badly God wants to keep His promises. That’s why He made the promise in the first place.”

“Our loving Father is far too wise and loves us far too much to give us everything we ask for.”

“The real miracle is a God who loves us enough to get in the way when we’re going the wrong way.”

“… the circle maker realized that praying is planning. Each prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but it eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations. In fact, our prayers bear fruit forever.”

“Just as our greatest successes often come on the heels of our greatest failures, our greatest answers often come on the heels of our longest and most boring prayers. But if you pray long and boring prayers, your life will be anything but boring. Your life will turn into the spiritual adventure it was destined to be. It won’t always get you where you want to go, but it will get you through.”

Non-Christian Excerpts:

“My desire is that the people who know me best respect me the most… I want to be famous in my home. That is the greatest fortune.”

“I’ve never met a person who didn’t experience some big disappointments on the way to his or her big dream.”

“It had been difficult to believe the day before the day. The day after the day, it was impossible not to believe.”

“I learned that if you aren’t willing to put yourself in “this is crazy” situations, you’ll never experience “this is awesome” moments.”

            “Success if a derivative of persistence.”

“I am more and more convinced that the biggest difference between success and failure, both spiritually and occupationally, is your waking-up time on your alarm clock. If you snooze, you lose.”

“If you make good decisions on a daily basis, it has a cumulative effect that pays dividends the rest of your life.”

“Most people have a willing spirit; it’s the weak flesh that gets in the way. The problem isn’t desire; the problem is power — more specifically, willpower.”

“As expected, neuroimaging revealed that the motor cortex was active while practicing the exercise. Then researches told the participants to mentally rehearse the piano exercise in their mind. The motor cortex was just as active while mentally rehearsing as it was during physical practice. Researchers came to this conclusion: imagined movements trigger synaptic changes at the cortical level. Mental rehearsal is just as important or more important as physical practice.”

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