I’ve read several of Mark Batterson’s books including In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase and The Circle Maker. Praying Circles Around Your Children is a shorter book based on the principles and scriptures found in The Circle Maker. I read the entire book in two sittings, but it could easily be read through in 60 – 90 minutes. Batterson does a good job of building on what he wrote about in The Circle Maker and made it applicable to parents.
He shares stories not only from his own experience of raising three children, but also from parents he has met through his various speaking engagements. He also receives emails from people who have read his book and take time to share their stories.
I was challenged by this book to be in regular prayer for my children. Batterson emphasizes the importance of not giving up when it comes to praying for various things. One quote from the books states it well: “We need a paradigm shift. We need to start praying ALAT prayers – as long as it takes.” He shares stories from people who prayed on a regular basis – some for several years – for their children before answers came.
Many times when you read books like this and you have older children, you get the feeling it is too late. Batterson addresses that as well. He writes specifically to those who have teenage students. “When they enter middle school or high school or college, we need to intercede for our children. Pray that they will make the right friends and the right choices. Pray that their conscience will keep them on the straight and narrow. Pray that they won’t just survive; pray that they will thrive.”
Praying Circles Around Your Children not only encourages parents to pray, but offers practical ideas on how to do that. If you are a parent, this book will be an encouragement to you.