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Zondervan Review: Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

on January 18, 2013

About the book:

Mark Batterson shares a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You’ll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Through stories of parents just like you, Batterson shares five prayer circles that will not only help you pray for your kids, but also pray through your kids.

Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child’s life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why.

As Batterson says, “I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children’s children. It’s time to start circling.”

You can purchase the book for $2.99 at Zondervan.

My Opinion:


At first I thought how much can really be in this book, it’s tiny so I wasn’t expecting much at all but I’ve been proven wrong before and I stand corrected again.  This book gave some really good ideas, complete with examples from raising his own children, in how to pray for our children – whether they are babes in arms, teenagers or adults – Believers or not – the book is big on how to pray for our children.  There really was only one thing I disagreed with and that was the prayers of others who have passed on, never die – I mean maybe my godly Great Grandma did pray for me or her future great, great Grandchildren – but I don’t see a Biblical standpoint that those prayers by those who have died continue to go on.


I admit that praying isn’t something that comes naturally to me, I never saw my parents pray even though we were in church every Sunday and Wednesday, it wasn’t something that I saw my Grandparents do, I knew I had a godly heritage in my Great Grandparents but it was never demonstrated.  I’ll definitely be working to implement some of the ideas, if not all in this book, because I want my children to be prayed over – I want my future Grandchildren, my son or daughters inlaw prayed for and it’s something that can’t wait.  Praying for the baby in your womb, your adult child, it’s never too late to begin praying for your children and the children of your friends and those that come into your life.  This book may just be what is needed to jump start your prayer life.


**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


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