Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Praying Circles around Your Children” as Want to Read:
Praying Circles around Your Children
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Praying Circles around Your Children

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,119 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Mark Batterson shares a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You'll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Through stories of parents just like you, Batterson shares five prayer circles that will not only help you pray for your kids, but also pray through your ...more
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Zondervan
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Praying Circles around Your Children, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Praying Circles around Your Children

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Robert Martin
Mar 25, 2013 Robert Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I appreciate the concept of this book, that parents need to intentionally enter into a life of prayer for their children, to cover their lives with that prayer and "circle" them. So, to that extent, this is a good book to remind us as that.

However, the presentation of the concept, while peppered with "You need to make sure you're praying God's will, not your will" admonitions, still came across strongly as "If you pray for it, it will happen". The stories and examples told came across as a matte
Mandy J. Hoffman

Praying Circles Around Your Kids is a short book that takes the principles of his previous book - The Circle Maker - and applies them to praying for your children. Batterson combines his personal thoughts with Scripture along with tips to apply what you learn as you read. The main point of this book is praying for your children, but this book could also be read by grandparents and others involved in the lives of children.


As I already mentioned, this is a short book -
Steven R. McEvoy
It has been a long time since I have read a book so immediately applicable, a book that literally drove me to my knees. It is a book that instilled a greater desire and conviction of the need for prayer and ways to pray specifically. But this book is much more than just a guide book. It is amazing that a book of just over 100 pages can have so much power and an incredibly lasting impact. This book was so powerful I did not trust myself to write a review at first; I waited until after a second ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Great, and important, reminder to always 'pray circles around', or pray without ceasing, for your children. I do this daily, actually at least twice a day.

Favorite Quotes:

Just as one decision can change your destiny, so can one prayer. If you were to map out your spiritual history, you would find countless answers to prayer at key intersections along the way. Before you were even born, even named, many of your had parents and grandparents who prayed for you. I believe that every blessing, every
Jerrod Carter
Nov 10, 2014 Jerrod Carter rated it really liked it
Many of the most important things in life take a lifetime to master, and many of those take only a moment to explain. Even relatively unimportant things, like golf, fall into that category. (Yeah, I know a lot of you may disagree on the importance of golf).

Prayer is definitely one of those things. Mark does a great job here of giving practical ideas of how to pray for our kids--our own biological children, and the children of the community around us. If you're interested in becoming better at in
Oct 01, 2012 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I was with him until he said one of his most important prayers was that his son would like girls. Yet early in the book he claims we shouldn't pray for our children to be what we want them to be. I hope his son hasn't read this book. Batterson does not really seem to know what he wants to say here. I'll keep looking. If anything, it taught me some ways not to pray for my children.
Aug 25, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-2014-read
Maybe it was just the day I read it or the parenting challenges I am currently facing, but this book spoke to me. It was practical and provided answers to questions I didn't know I had. It brought clarity and gave me comfort.
Wendy Sparkes
I came across the titles of Mark Batterson’s Circle series among the one of the lovely groups I belong to on Goodreads. Several of the group were recommending it highly, saying how it had helped their prayer life. So, when Praying Circles around Your Children became free on Kindle, I decided to download it. Not because I have children of my own (I don’t) but I figured that although the emphasis would be about praying for your children, the basic principles would be there that I could adapt for m ...more
Crystal Scott
Jan 15, 2013 Crystal Scott rated it it was amazing
I want to begin by saying that this little book will change the way you pray for your children. Mark Batterson says, “You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent!” Praying Circles around your Children will help you understand how important it is to pray for children out loud. Pray where they can hear you and you will be truly amazed at how well they will remember the prayers and the Bible verses you say during your prayers.

The five prayer circles, Circling the Promises of G
Jan 17, 2013 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: growing, christian
Originally posted in angelroman

There's something I have to confess, I don't have children, but still enjoyed the reading. You don't have to be a parent, or to be married to be interested about prayer. And this is exactly the impression I felt after few pages.

The booklet starts with an introduction about the importance of prayer, and the effects it can produce in your life and in your family. Quoting the last lines of this chapter:

Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can lea
Jul 10, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-book-list
As a parent, praying for your kids is one of the most, if not the most important thing you can do.

Mark's book inspired me to keep circling in these very important, formative years in the life of Jesse and Cole.

Here are some take-aways:

* Make sure your Heavenly Father hears about your kids daily.
* You'll never be a perfect parent. But you can be a praying parent.
* Your prayers must be in the will of God and for the glory of God.
* Your worst mistakes double as your greatest opportunities.
* Psalm
Keiki Hendrix
Sep 28, 2012 Keiki Hendrix rated it really liked it
A short read, but a good exhortation of the importance of prayer. The focus is more on the form or structure your prayers take. It's based on the LEGEND of Honi who prayed circles for rain.

After identifying the form to shape your prayers around (the legend of Honi), the author moves on to define types of circles to create in your prayer life. Using personal stories both from his own family and his friends, Mark Batterson lists the types of prayers for your children and why these are important.

This was a very insightful read. Wish I had read it when my son was small, but found much that will be helpful in praying for my grandson. Full of good ideas and nuggets of wisdom. I have already recommended this book to several young moms I know. Every parent should read this book.
Angie  Moore
Apr 27, 2014 Angie Moore rated it it was ok
While I understand the thought behind this book I was looking more for a 'how to' so to speak... However, the author made so many references to his previous book that this really should have not been a stand alone book but added onto his first book. Apparently you need to read that first.
Oct 25, 2012 Amydeanne rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a lot of encouragement to get back to praying for my children and more importantly with my children. Mark has some great ideas on how to build up your prayer life- I will read again and again as a reminder of my job as a parent!
Marci Anthony
Sep 07, 2012 Marci Anthony rated it it was amazing
this is a must read as a parent. I wish that I had read it when my kids were young but its never too late to start. My mom just read it and is praying for her grandchildren.
Oct 19, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great.
It was a small, easy read with great points and ideas to implement right away.
This would make a great gift or a simple Bible Study class topic.
Love it!
Steven R. McEvoy
Dec 31, 2012 Steven R. McEvoy rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I have read a book so immediately applicable, a book that literally drove me to my knees. It is a book that instilled a greater desire and conviction of the need for prayer and ways to pray specifically. But this book is much more than just a guide book. It is amazing that a book of just over 100 pages can have so much power and an incredibly lasting impact. This book was so powerful I did not trust myself to write a review at first; I waited until after a second ...more
Spencer Cummins
Jan 17, 2013 Spencer Cummins rated it liked it
Shelves: faith-and-family
Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker and pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. has written a timely and insightful on prayer and your children called Praying Circles around Your Children. Batterson in the opening chapter spells out for parents in practical ways some basic truths: one, you will make a lot of mistakes and second, “your worst mistakes double as your greatest opportunities” (10-11). Batterson goes onto state that “every blessing, every breakthrough, every ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Cortana rated it it was amazing
Raising children is easier said than done. And being a parent is no less easy. Mark Batterson bluntly writes, "You'll never be a perfect parent," yet he exhorts, "...but you can be a praying parent."

Mark Batterson, the lead pastor of one of America's most innovative churches authors an equally innovative little book Praying Circles Around Your Children, published by Zondervan, which is ostensibly an offshoot of his earlier New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker.

Praying Circles Around Your Ch
Emily Ventura
Oct 25, 2014 Emily Ventura rated it it was ok
The book, in my opinion, is biblically sound. The author explains five topical ways we can pray for our children (he calls each of these "circles"). These circles include:
1. Praying the promises of God
2. Making a prayer list
3. Creating a Prayer Mantra (basically a chosen verse for your child)
4. Praying in circles, (kind of making your family your prayer partner)
5. Praying through the bible
This is a great list and a wonderful way to pray for your children and grandchildren.

Here's what I didn't li
Mar 16, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Batterson has made a name for himself among parents for the unique way he teaches parents how to pray for their children. The idea of praying circles apparently dates back to Jesus' time, but it isn't something many Christians do today. I found comfort in the concept, and I enjoyed reading his instructions and suggestions on how to make it work. Part of me wishes I had purchased the book (this was a library book) so I could have highlighted some of my favorite passages.

The book draws on a little
Jul 21, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it
Luke 2:52 is a time-lapse of Jesus' development as a child.
" May you grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."

Parents: You are prophets to your children.
Jewish philosophers did not believe the prophetic gift was reserved for a few select individuals. They believed that becoming prophetic was the crowning point of mental and spiritual development. It was the natural by-product of spiritual development. THE MORE ONE GROWS IN GRACE, THE MORE PROCHETIC ONE BECOMES.
Prayer is the way
May 21, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book really opened my eyes to how easy it is to pray circles around my girls. It offered different ways to not only uplift them in prayer but also their friends, classmates, future partners. I didn't expect this book to be like it was. I guess I was expecting more of a how to. This gave me more of why I should pray circles around my children. I know it is important to do so, they are the future of our world, and they are entrusted to me while on this planet. This book made me see that I not ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one sitting. It was PHENOMENAL. The wisdom of leaving a legacy through our prayers is something I've never encountered until now. I have dog-eared, underlined, and journaled from this book and I will be reading it over and over again.

I've seen other reviews say that this book basically states that if you pray for it, you'll get it but I disagree. The book emphasizes the need to align our prayers with God's will and His plan and that even if our prayers aren't answered (like
Sep 04, 2013 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Grab a highlighter, some index cards, and a cup of coffee. God is going to move some mountains! It's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

"You don't become praying parents by default. You do it by design, by desire, by discipline. Spiritual disciplines take sheer determination, but if you determine to circle your children in prayer, you will shape their destinies. Your prayers will live on in their lives long after you die." pg 18
Can I share one more? "You need a vision for your children. With your physical eyes yo
Jun 24, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
There were lots of great take-aways...practical take-aways from this book. (and it was a very short read too so no excuses for not finishing it!) Don't forget to grab your high lighter too because you'll want to remember some of the concepts and ideas you read. "You don't have to do everything right as a parent, but there is one thing you cannot afford to get wrong. That one thing is prayer...Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. There's nothing you can do that will have a higher return ...more
Alexandra Chauran
Jul 27, 2013 Alexandra Chauran rated it really liked it
This book almost earned five stars from me, except that I wouldn't want to own it because it was too small a resource manual and because there were some Biblical references without explanations that lost me. That said, I loved the tips in this book and will be not only implementing many of them but also reading the rest of the Praying Circles series. As a non-Christian, most of this book was still packed full of practical tips to make praying for children fun. Theologically, this book certainly ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Anna rated it liked it
Pray without ceasing for your children, the consequences of these prayers are far reaching for many generations. I love this message and it was a great reminder and encouragement to do just this. But I got the feeling from the author that if you pray the same pray often enough and for long enough it will happen. Or if you get enough people and the right people praying something for someone it will happen. God is not a genie in a lamp. So I'd suggest this is read with some discernment and maybe a ...more
Brent Rosendal
Oct 09, 2012 Brent Rosendal rated it it was ok
The book was a good reminder to pray for your kids and the difference prayer can make in a child's life. Some ideas like prayer journals to give to your children when they are older are really good. I'd read another book by Batterson and was really impressed. This one, not so much. The premise of the book is good, but the way the author supported his premise left a lot to be desired. Maybe because I haven't read the original 'Praying Circles'. Thankfully, I didn't pay for this one, I got the ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Christian Fiction...: * January - Praying Circles Around Your Children 23 100 Jan 26, 2013 08:55AM  
Christian Books: Praying Circles Around Your Children 1 11 Jan 15, 2013 09:54PM  
  • Desires of My Heart - Meditation on Psalm 37:4
  • The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer
  • Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith
  • Hope For The Weary Mom
  • Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit
  • NIV Once-A-Day 31 Days of Wisdom
  • Honest to God: Becoming Brutally Honest with a Gracious God
  • More Than Ordinary: Enjoying Life with God
  • PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline
  • The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children
  • No More Perfect Kids: Love the Kids You Have, Not the Ones You Want
  • Deliver Us from Me-Ville
  • Praying the Scriptures for Your Children: Discover How to Pray God's Will for Their Lives
  • Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk
  • A Mother's Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother
  • God Can't Sleep: Waiting for Daylight On Life's Dark Nights
  • Kingdom Journeys: Rediscovering the Lost Spiritual Discipline
  • Heaven for Kids
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times be ...more
More about Mark Batterson...

Share This Book

“All of us need Aarons and Hurs in our lives. We need people who are strong when we’re weak. We need people who are full of faith when we’re running on empty. We need people who will fight for us on their knees. We all need a prayer circle!” 1 likes
“100 percent of the prayers I don’t pray won’t get answered.” 1 likes
More quotes…