Happy Monday morning my friends!
I am excited to bring you a BOOK GIVEAWAY this week! There is a small group of blogger friends I’ve become involved with recently and we thought we’d each giveaway one of our fave books. and not just any book, but each of us have chosen a book that speaks truth + has had a big influence on us and our faith. I’ve read about half the books and the other half have been on my list – so I’m excited for a lucky winner to walk away with ALL FIVE BOOKS! Giveaway ends Friday at midnight. So once you read about the book I’ll be giving away & enter the giveaway..head over to McCall (7 by Jen Hatmaker), Lindsy (Radical by David Platt), Ashley (Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne), and Tiffany (Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren) blogs to enter the giveaways!
The book I’m giving away is….The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson.
Honestly, I just finished reading this book. It’s one of those books that takes a while to read, and one of those books that you just simply don’t want to end. It’s packed with hard truth and testimony of the power of prayer. I first heard about it from my husband, and was excited to take it off his hands when he was through [which took him a while too] and then this summer the Gibsons were also so encouiraged by this book + we spoke of it daily. If you are friends with me in real life, over the past 6+ months I’ve probably refrenced it in a conversation or two. Yep, I love it that much. The subtitle of this book is, “praying circles around your biggest dreams & greatest fears”. It is based of the legend of Honi the circle maker, who drew a circle in the sand and didn’t move until God answered his prayer for rain. He says repeatedly in the book,
God Honors Bold Prayers because
Bold Prayers Honor God
I really have a lot to share with you about what God has taught me through this book, and I want to take some time later this week to share one or two of those stories. The main theme for me was to KNOW and grab ahold of Gods promises to me though what He says in his Word. He is able to do immeasurably more. He longs to fulfil His promises in our lives. He wants us to pray and ask boldly and to trust that He is who He says He is & He will do what He says He will do! We have to lay our requests before God, and wait expectantly for Him to answer. We have to BELIEVE [Luke 1:45].
There are many dog eared pages in my copy of this book, but as I close it out I want to remember this, “One reason God does miracles is to stretch our faith so we can draw bigger circles so He can do bigger and better miracles”. I realize I still haven’t written Ashers story on here [I will I will!] but it was nothing short of a miracle. It stretched our faith and made us see + know maybe for the first time, that NOTHING is impossible with God. I want to stay humble & stay hungry, as Mark says, as to not get too comfortable. I want to believe that there are still greater prayer circles to be prayed, and I’m going to get on my knees and pray em.
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs to win ALL FIVE BOOKS!
Lindsy Wallace:::word from the wallaces:::Radical, David Platt
Ashley Smith:::In My Own Words:::Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne
McCall Aldridge:::Lee, Me, and the Girls:::7, Jen Hatmaker
Tiffany Castleberry:::Stuff and Things:::Dangerous Surrender, Kay Warren
[ps – I have a “books + conferences” page on my blog. for more books that changed my life visit that page here!]