Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Praying Circles Around Your Children

Growing up one of my earliest memories was hearing my parents, especially my mother, praying over me. It wasn't just a bedtime "now I lay me down to sleep" type of routine, it was an all the time routine! She would quote scripture telling me I was the head and not the tail and above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). It was extremely powerful in forming who I am today.

When I was given the opportunity to review Mark Batterson's Praying Circles Around Your Children it was this legacy that came to mind. It's a quick, yet powerful read - a slim book that can easily be finished in a day, but one that is truly worth revisting. 

Batterson uses the folklore of The Circle Maker (also the title of his best-selling book) to share the importance of creating a legacy of prayer for our children and offers five circles in which to do so:
  1. Circling the Promises of God
  2. Making Prayer Lists
  3. Creating Prayer Mantras
  4. Forming Prayer Circles
  5. Praying through the Bible
Number 2 really struck a chord with me especially after watching The Help. I loved the concept of writing prayers down that was shared in the movie, and I actually started doing that and have picked it up and dropped off now and then. As Batterson explains rather than using it as a laundry list of wants to rattle off to God, it's more of a way to document God's faithfulness in answering our prayers. It's definitely something I need to continue doing!

If you're an avid pray-er or just starting I think this book is a perfect fit - it speaks to parents in a conversational tone and will be a book you come back to time and time again. 

As Batterson says, "It's time to start circling!"

Would you like a copy of this book? I have two to give away which come with a large sidewalk chalk for your child to symbolize circling them with prayer. Just enter via Rafflecopter below:

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Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Have a good weekend everyone!