Draw the Circle, the 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson (Book Review)

Focus on something, draw a circle around it, pray about it for 40 days (or more!), and watch as God answers your prayers.

This book is a follow-up to The Circle Maker and is set up in a short-story format. In addition to the introduction, there are 40 entries (theoretically to read one per day) that offer examples of God’s answers to prayers.

I haven’t read his first book, so the idea of “drawing a circle” and praying on that topic was foreign to me.  I read a few stories at a time, a few days apart rather than one story per day.  It was more enjoyable to me that way.  Batterson includes many personal stories regarding his church (National Community Church in Washington D.C.), as well as others’ experiences throughout the narration.  Some characters are obscure, while others are well-known. (I had no idea George Washington Carver went for a walk in the forest each morning at 4:00 for his prayer time.)

Each story begins with a quotation from the Bible and closes with a catchy statement related to the main idea. Batterson’s writing style is conversational in tone, and his prayer style is bold. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  I recommend it if you’re interested in reading stories of those whose prayers have been answered and may be looking for some inspiration.

Full disclosure for FTC purposes: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher as a part of the blogger review program through Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review. It does not have to be positive, and the opinions here are my own.

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