Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Praying Circles Around Your Children–Book Review and Giveaway

The attitude and motivation of an author shows up pretty quickly in books about parenting, prayer and spiritual issues.  The first few pages will either win me over, or make me put the book in the “to be donated” box. 

The third sentence in Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson reads:

“Parenting our three children is far more difficult and far more important than pastoring thousands of people.”

Yeah, it had me.  As a mother who gave up a high dollar career in an exploding industry in order to “just be a mom”, it’s a wonderful thing to pick up a book and have the author confirm that our kids are worth it!  Sadly, even in Christian homes and circles, children today are looked on as little more than an inconvenience instead of blessings from God.

This is a small book, only 4”x7” and 103 pages in length.  It easily fits into your purse or briefcase, you can read it through in a short amount of time.  It’s small in comparison to what’s “typical”  by industry standards.

Though small in size, the content is huge.  There are no steps of do this, then this and then this and you’ll get this result.  It’s simply a father and pastor emphasizing how important our prayers are in our children’s lives.  You can read it over and over to encourage yourself when discouragement threatens your resolve.

Author Mark Batterson shares real life stories from his family to encourage readers.   There are snippets and quotes that will stick with you to remind you of your commitment to pray for your children.  My favorite quote is “Your focus determines your reality.”


The publishers of Praying Circles Around Your Children have provided TWO copies of this book for giveaway to my readers.  If you’d like to win one of these books, simply leave a comment below telling me why you’d like to win.

This giveaway ends January 25, 2013 at midnight.  Open to U.S. residents with U.S. mailing addresses only.

I received this book from the publisher for review purposes only.  I received no other compensation, nor was I required to write a positive review.

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  1. oh how i would love to win thi book! i am in the middle of trying to figure out how ot pray intentionally dailyfor my sweet little ones and i think thos book would be invaluable... thanks for the opportunity!

  2. I need to improve my prayer life on so many levels, especially for my children.

  3. I'd love to win this to get better ideas for praying with my kids.

  4. I'd love to win one of these, because I've recently decided to step up my prayer life, especially as it pertains to my family... seems like a fabulous book!


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