I now know what I want to be:

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a circle maker!

Yes, I received a sample of Mark Batterson’s Be A Circle Maker today in the mail. Batterson takes the account of Honi the Circle Drawer and morphs it into a seemingly normative mishmash of modern mysticism. Scott has already offered his thoughts on this latest whatever you want to call it (bunk?). In a brief lapse into self-hatred, I read a couple of pages. Here are some quotes.

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.

“Why?” he asks… Because apparently only bold prayers require divine intervention, such that if you “ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron axhead…God is moved to omnipotent action.”

Okay, who has already grabbed an ax and headed to the lake?!?

Ready for more?

Prayers are prophecies…Who you become determined by how you pray.

Oh my… *sigh*

Strangely, he later states that

Drawing circles isn’t some magic trick to get what you want from God. God is not a genie in a bottle, and your wish is not His command.

He further states that unless our wishes (ugh) are his sovereign will, we’ll not accomplish much. Right enough, so why the circle thing? Why attach a practice as demonstrated by a singular individual to the practice of prayer and foisting it upon the masses (who will likely lap it up)? Something’s fishy. Furthermore, if circle drawing isn’t just pseudo-magical rubbish, why is such an awesome practice not found in the numerous teachings on prayer in the scriptures? Do we really  need to draw circles around things as object of our prayers? Maybe I’ll start selling fleeces that people can lay on the ground and ask God to confirm what he’s going to do. That would sell, right?

Maybe it’s just a means by which you can visualize what you’re praying for or something, but something seems weird about it.

Granted, this is merely a sample book and a great deal more is in the full-length volume, but I seriously doubt there is much of substance here, certainly not enough to withstand the scrutiny it will likely receive.

Maybe I’ll send it to Jim…or Joel!

Αυτω η δοξα

 

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2 thoughts on “I now know what I want to be:

    Rick Wadholm Jr. said:
    January 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    It is another motif he’s using to publish. His books are actually largely based off sermon series…and he is visual in how he preaches and writes. Its more about the image than the reality for creating a way to tie thoughts together. That’s what he did when he wrote “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day” and “Wild Goose Chase” and “Primal.” Its just more of Mark (who is from my state and whom I visited his church in DC two years ago just to see what he was up to).

    Jason said:
    January 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Rick: It just sounds off to me. I’m all for being visual, but it’s the claims that I read that caught my attention.

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