Before reading this book, I had never heard of Mark Batterson, but it was pretty easy to see why he’s such a popular author! This 40-day prayer challenge/devotional is based on his book, The Circle Maker, and the story of the circle maker is a pretty amazing one. The idea of needing to draw a circle and pray that God will meet you in that circle with an answer is a really great visual for what we need to do in our prayer lives – pray expecting a response, and be willing to keep praying until we get one. The daily readings are filled with practical examples of ways that God has worked in people’s lives through prayer, things that have changed because of prayer, and blessings that have come through prayer. The readings each day are very manageable, and can easily be read in less than ten minutes. The little nuggets of wisdom you gain can be chewed over all day, and will stick with you for much longer than the day you read that section.
While there are many books that are geared towards a 40-day study (and I’ve completed more than one of them!), what I liked about this study was how easy it was to read and digest. Even more, it really did leave you with something to think about each day, and that’s not something that I’ve been able to pick up this easily with any other 40-day study book in the past. While many churches read through this book during Lent (before Easter), I think it would be a great read any time of the year. Pick it up and see what kinds of things God will teach you through it!
I was given a free copy of this e-book by BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.