I recently received a copy of a book to review, called "Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge" by Mark Batterson. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to find that this was a supplement to his book "The Circle Maker". I haven't read his other book, so in the beginning of this book I felt a little lost. The more you get into the book, though, the more you start to understand what the "circle" is, and you start focusing more on your prayers than anything else. I would say that I certainly do wish I had read the first book before I read this one, but this one does well to stand alone. Batterson's challenge is that we don't pray as boldly as we should, and that's why our prayers don't get answered many times. He covered some really interesting ground, such as putting our prayers into action, being specific in our prayers, and being determined in our prayers. There are some really amazing stories of prayers being answered in this book - stories that you know came from God, and not coincidence. This was meant to be a devotional every day for 40 days, but I read it in less time than that. It was interesting, well-written, and each devotion was so short it was easy to squeeze a chapter in here and there throughout my day. It still affected my prayer life, and I certainly have a few goals I am praying for specifically since reading this book. I think it can change a lot of people's perspectives on their prayer lives. Now I just need to read the partner books to this one!
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