Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Praying Circles around your Children by Mark Batterson
Praying Circles around Your Children is an encouraging, quick read. It's a little book based off of Mark Batterson's previous work The Circle Maker. Because I haven't read that particular title, I do think that I missed some of the references in this book, but it was still a very encouraging and insightful book in regards to praying for our daughter. The five circles covered are promises of God, prayer lists, prayer mantras, prayer circles, and the Bible. I enjoyed learning new ways to pray for my daughter and can see that they have already started to make a difference in the way that I interact with her.
One particular prayer that I've been doing is that I took a word that I wanted for her, which is compassionate, which I turned into a acronym of different aspects that I desire for her life. It was fun to think about all the desires that I have for her as well as to be able to lift them up in a single word prayer. I'm contemplating doing the same for my husband and myself.
One thing that I would like to pursue is a prayer circle. I would love to find some folks to pray for my daughter and if they have children, that I could pray for them as well. Not that this isn't happening in my life, but it would be good to have a specific time to gather and share concerns. If you're interested, let me know. I received this book from Zondervan for the purpose of reviewing it. They also gave me an extra copy to give away. If you're interested, let me know. I only have one at this point, so first come first serve. Actually, if there are multiple requests, then I'll draw a name out of a hat on January 21.