The Circle Maker

Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Narrated by: Mark Batterson
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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New York Times best seller!

Over one million copies sold! 

Get ready to make new breakthroughs in your prayer life, knowing that bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers. 

Do you ever sense that there's far more to prayer than what you're experiencing? It's time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker - a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his impossible prayer for his people. 

Sharing inspiring stories from modern-day circle makers plus his own experiences, Mark Batterson will help you:

  • Discern God's will as the first step to a healthy prayer life
  • Uncover your heart's deepest desires
  • Pursue God-sized dreams
  • Connect with God in fresh ways

And, ultimately, draw prayer circles around your family, your job, your problems, and your goals

This expanded edition of The Circle Maker also includes insights on how God answers prayer along with stories that add convincing proof to the reality that God is able to do exceedingly far greater than all we could ask or imagine. 

"Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn't just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God," he says. "It's a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us." 

Also available: The Circle Maker Spanish Edition, prayer journal, student and kids' editions, parent editions, small group studies, video curriculum, and more. 

©2011 Mark Batterson (P)2011 Zondervan

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This has changed my prayer life.

What did you love best about The Circle Maker?

The author is very expressive and encouraging in detailing how to pray and how to have a better relationship with the Lord. Praying takes time and when we pray, the Lord blesses us with fellowship and answers our prayers. Maybe not always like we want them, but we have hope for even more than we could think to ask for.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Marks description of how much God loves us and wants to bless us more than what we could even ask for. The best line in the book that will stay with me forever is "work like it depends on me and pray like it depends on God". I can and will work hard, but ultimately, it all depends on God working out every detail for His glory.

Have you listened to any of Mark Batterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is the first book of his I have read. I have gifted this book to three other people since I've listened to it twice myself. Each has been totally blessed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made my heart have hope, hope for more from God. Hope that He wants to give me His blessings for my life.

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Outstanding in every respect!

What did you love best about The Circle Maker?

Great stories, excellent narration and thought provoking ideas and suggestions.

What did you like best about this story?

Multiple stories were of great interest and worth sharing with others.

Have you listened to any of Mark Batterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time listening to anything by Mark. Very good!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. At no point in the recording did either the story or narrator lose my full interest.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject of prayer, faith or one's purpose in life. Very inspiring work.

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struggle to read...lack of scripture support was d

struggle to finish.lack of scripture support was disappointing.could not finish it even after sec attempts

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Very Challenging and Faith Building

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YesThis book will challenge you to pray with faith, pray big, and pray with perseverance! The focus is on God who loves you and is for you, and will give you answers to prayer greater than you pray for.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle Maker?

The story of getting the theater in Barracks Row

Any additional comments?

It will be hard to put it down once you start

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Not Biblical

I only finished the first 2.5 chapters. Batteeson never references one scripture and contradicts himself a lot. This book isn't Biblical and has a lot of scewed ideas on prayer.

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A MUST READ!

Wow! Can't say enough great things about this book! I have been so challenged to step up my prayer life and pray with expectancy and praise! I just finished it and I've recommend this book to lots of people already! I will definitely listen to it multiple times and take note the next time through 😀

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Inspiring and amazing

At times difficult to relate to as an average person who may not be accustomed to large miracles and fierce power prayers, the life of the author and his triumphs are incredible and uplifting.

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Great book!

Easy to follow and great content. The author discribes in easy to unstand language how to pray circles around something that needs to be answered. Definitely worth it!

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Inspired

What an amazing book! So timely. It caused me to have an excitement once again about the possibility of a life well lived instead of survived. An inspiring read!

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Good but could be shorter.

What did you like best about The Circle Maker? What did you like least?

I liked the message of the book the most. I liked the lengthy and repetitive nature of the book the least. The entire point could have been made in a much shorter version of the book. It also leaves one feeling that "all you have to do is pray like this, and see....your prayers will all be answered like ours were." I believe the author is sincere, not arrogant. Just leaves those of us with unanswered prayers wondering what we did wrong.

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  • Tracey Clarke
  • 05-04-20

a-ma-zing!

fantastically inspirational a d thought provoking. prayer life revolutionised! mark has an incredible story to tell and he tells in a very listen-to-able way

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  • Vanessa Ferreira
  • 01-25-20

Incredible inspiration

Wow, this book is amazing. Great stories that have inspired me to draw my own prayer circle. This should definitely be a part of every believers spiritual tool box. ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-19

Fantastic!

massive spiritual insight in this book. I read it over twice, that's how much it impacted me.

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  • MRS
  • 04-17-19

Inspiring

This is a book jammed packed with examples of how important prayer is and the amazing results that come of it. It has left me feeling inspired and keen to listen to the book again. The author reads with enthusiasm as he retells answers to prayers in his own life as well as that of others.

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  • amber m.
  • 11-12-18

AMAZING!!!

This book has been amazing to listen to!! There are so many examples of how consistent prayer changes your life and those around you!!
I am already using the advice in my prayer life.

If you have a big decision to make or problem to solve this book will help guide you into finding direction and seeking God’s will!!!
God bless

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  • sharpiesayswhat?
  • 10-15-18

excellent

some great stories and examples both current and from history. forwarded few of the life goal lists just for speed but overall thoroughly enjoyed this book and was really inspired.

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  • #strEATevents
  • 05-13-18

Loved It

powerful book easy to listen to would recommend to anyone looking to take their prayer life to the next level!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-15-18

great narrator and writer

I truly loved it. Really brought me closer to God. cannot wait for the next one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

Instantly one of my favourite books!

This book is honestly life changing. I've just finished reading and I want to read again!

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  • Lee
  • 09-11-17

great book

this book full of divine inspiration, it challenge your faith and personal approach to God's plan for your life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-18

Excellent

Really good content. Biblically sound, inspirational, practical and laced with real world experience. Easy to listen to. I like that it is read by the author because his passion for what he has written comes through.