Mark Batterson’s new book, The Circle Maker follows in the footsteps of such titles as The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson. While Wilkinson sketches his work around a fictional story of the personification of dreams, reality, fears, and letting go, Batterson decides to reflect his version on his own history and experience. Though I plead objectivity to any reader picking up a book dealing with goals, dreams and miracles, I cannot help but recommend this book, purely for its encouragement to never give up.
Books dealing with dreaming big often fall into the trap of portraying God as a genie waiting to do a miracle or to grant a blessing to anyone who is willing to believe. First and foremost, I have to disagree with any such theological idea at the outset. We are created in God’s image for His purpose, not the other way around. So arguing a concept of dream-validity to proclaim an essence of counteractive blessing is futile. Now that I got that off my chest, I can continue with Mark’s book.
I was touched by his child-like faith, something often lost in scholastic theology. His book encouraged me to recant my own vision and dreams, and to pray circles around them. Not asking God to bless what I have planned, but to lay my plans before the Lord and say, “God, this is what I love to do with the talents and passions You have given me. Is this in line with your will? If so, bless me and enlarge my territory. If not, show me the way.” Batterson relies on numerous accounts he retells of the mind-blowing miraculous provision of the Lord. It is encouraging to know that where God is, His power is also. Where God blesses, He does so abundantly.
I can recommend Mark Batterson’s book as a prayerful encouragement of adopting a child-like faith when it comes to big matters at hand. In doing so, remember that God’s answer is not always what we think, in our time, or in the method we like. As long as you keep that in mind, you will be blessed by Batterson’s The Circle Maker.
Crossleadership is conducting an interview with Mark in December. Stay tuned, and enjoy!