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‘Circle Maker’ franchise reaches million-selling milestone Print Email
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 03:30 PM America/New_York

TheCircleMaker-webZondervan’s “Circle Maker” products have sold 1 million copies. Since the December 2011 release of New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, the franchise has expanded to include the companion book, Draw the Circle, and several supplemental journals, guides and DVDs.

“We are thrilled for Mark to have reached this level of sales,” said David Morris, vice president and publisher of Zondervan nonfiction trade books. “We’re honored to have helped make this simple yet powerful stance on prayer available to so many readers, and look forward to continued impact.”

Encouraging readers to dream big, pray hard and think long, Batterson’s message was inspired by the true legend of Honi, a first-century Jew who moved God to miraculous action by refusing to leave a “prayer circle” he drew around himself. Batterson translates the key tenets of Honi’s success into modern-day principles, teaching readers to draw prayer circles around their dreams, goals, problems and loved ones. Readers learn to claim the promises of God and act on God-ordained opportunities.

“This milestone is humbling, but proves these teachings are applicable and effective in modern-day life,” Batterson said. “Ask for miracles. Give God an opportunity to prove His power, prove His love. That’s what He wants. And that’s what prayer does.”