Book Review: Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson

In hindsight, this is a rather charitable review of a book with suspect theology. A more critical review is linked at the bottom.

The Slasher Pastor

Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson is a forty day devotional guide and a companion of sorts to the author’s earlier book The Circle Maker. It takes the ideas from The Circle Maker and applies them in a 40-day prayer challenge. I have not read The Circle Maker but, from what I can gather, it is an exhortation to persistent, faith-filled prayer. Furthermore, while reading The Circle Maker might be helpful, this book really does a pretty good job of standing on its own. I never felt lost or confused.

The style of the book is devotional and pastoral. You can tell it was written by a preacher. It’s filled with some catchy one-liners: “We’re so focused on God changing our circumstances that we never allow God to change us! So instead of ten or twenty years of experience, we have one year of experience repeated ten or twenty…

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