Batterson writes this book from the Jewish history books. In between the testaments, Batterson writes of a Hebrew sage named Honi who the famous Jewish historian Josephus writes about. In response to a drought that was threatening the livelihood of everyone and future generations, Honi rose up in faith, walked in the middle of the city and drew a circle with his staff. He confined himself to that circle and began to pray for rain. He refused to leave the circle until it was the rain the people would need. He kept praying through sprinkles and torrential downpours which would have only created runoff and no lasting effects. He kept praying until God supplied the filling rain and refilled rivers and lakes and basins.
Batterson takes the reader from this story to several Biblical examples of "circle making;" i.e. the practice of circling a promise of God or a need and praying and praising on it and through it until you physically see it. Batterson instructs readers to develop goals, write down prayers, and build prayer teams to hold one another accountable, to agree in prayer, and to be able to remind one another and especially one's self, of what God has promised and what He's done. He writes for the reader to let his faith build and to trust God's plans even when the response to the circle making is a resounding, "No."
This will definitely be a reread for me before long. It has valuable truth in it. In the book, Batterson shares his 100 life goals that he made several years ago and adds to them and checks them off over time. He got the idea from other mentors and believes it provides a fast track for prayer and purpose. Some goals are financial, influential, personal, familial, and so forth. All have spiritual dynamics. On his list in this book, he listed that he wanted to write a book that would be a New York Times Bestseller. He can check that one off. This book became that and rightfully so. Get it. Read it. It'll change and challenge you.