New Release Books by Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson is the author of The Power of If (2015), Play the Man (2018), Play the Man Participant's Guide (2017), Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm (2015) and other 121 books.

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The Power of If

release date: Sep 08, 2015
The Power of If
If is a powerful little word. This short book inspires readers to grasp that power for themselves and embrace God''s extraordinary possibilities for their lives.

Play the Man

release date: May 01, 2018
Play the Man
Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It''s into this "no man''s land" that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man. In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, "Play the man." Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is more than a book; it''s a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man.

Play the Man Participant's Guide

release date: May 02, 2017
Play the Man Participant's Guide
Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It''s into this "no man''s land" that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man. In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, "Play the man." Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is more than a book; it''s a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man.

Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm

release date: Jun 01, 2015
Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm
Our world is more fantastical than we dare imagine ... filled with both unbelievable beauty and horrific evil. Just ask Jack Staples and Alexia Dreager. They’re at the epicenter of the conflict that’s been raging since time before time began. Their birth and destiny have long been prophesied—but things aren’t going as planned. In this epic conclusion to the Jack Staples trilogy, Jack and Alexia must make an impossible choice during their final battle against the Assassin—one that could alter time itself and the fate of the world.

A Trip around the Sun

release date: Apr 28, 2015
A Trip around the Sun
What happens when we take Jesus at his word when he says, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full?" New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and his mentor Richard Foth have done just that with their lives--and in A Trip around the Sun, they show readers how they too can experience their life and faith as the ultimate adventure. In a fun, storytelling style, Mark and Dick challenge readers to shake off fear, dream big, and quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. The accumulated wisdom from their combined 117 trips around the sun radiates from every heartfelt page, invigorating those of us who have found ourselves stuck in a rut dug by our sense of duty and our fear of the unknown. Anyone who wants to grab life and squeeze every ounce of joy out of it will be inspired by this unapologetic celebration of the life Jesus died to give us.

Jack Staples and the City of Shadows

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Jack Staples and the City of Shadows
The Accuser is closing in. Just as Jack and his friend Alexia discover what it means to be the Chosen Ones, they each face the test of a lifetime. For Jack it is a question of trust; for Alexia, of loyalty. Everything rests on their making the right choices, and on the completion of their missions. The Accuser is determined they will fail, and that they will either join him or be destroyed. It will take all the Author’s forces, the special gifts they each have, and the help of their friends Arthur and Mrs. Dumphrey to overcome. But when the enemy makes a key move, and an important quest proves difficult, the prophecy that they will both destroy and save the world seems further from coming true than ever before.

Draw the Circle

release date: Feb 06, 2018
Draw the Circle
Mark Batterson states, "I believe prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do. It''s the difference between letting things happen and making things happen. It''s the difference between you fighting for God and God fighting for you." In this dynamic five-week church campaign, you and your church members will be challenged to take up the 40-day prayer challenge and press into God like never before. Using insightful stories and teaching, Mark will show how drawing circles in prayer will not only change your church members'' lives today but will also impact the rest of their lives. This curriculum kit includes: One Draw the Circle book One Draw the Circle Study Guide One Draw the Circle Video Study, containing five small-group video sessions, five sermon outlines, and all the church promotional materials needed to successfully launch and sustain a five-week church experience One Draw the Circle Children''s DVD-ROM, containing five weeks of detailed teaching outlines and scripts, engaging group activities, craft ideas, and weekly family take-home page for preschool, early elementary, and later elementary-aged children One getting started guide The Draw the Circle church-wide campaign is designed for preschool through adult and will challenge your church to encounter God in new and powerful ways. This campaign is an ideal study for the new year, Lent, summertime, back to school, or anytime of the year. The Draw the Circle session titles include: Drawing a Circle Dream Big Pray Hard Think Long The Ripple Effect

Draw the Circle Study Guide

release date: Jan 23, 2018
Draw the Circle Study Guide
In this five-session video study, bestselling author Mark Batterson challenges you to pray boldly, faithfully, and persistently for forty days---and watch God bring the miraculous results.

One Little Yes Can Change Your Life

release date: Dec 30, 2014
One Little Yes Can Change Your Life
When Jesus walked out of the tomb, the word impossible was removed from our vocabulary. Highlighting the greatest miracle Jesus ever performed, One Little Yes Can Change Your Life shows readers that the miracle of the resurrection is both a historical event and a reality for our lives today. According to Mark Batterson, "Easter isn''t something we celebrate one day a year. It''s something we celebrate every day in every way." But even the resurrection was missed by those who weren''t looking for it. He encourages readers to train themselves to see Jesus''s miracles as the outward signs of his inner power and glory. Perfect for bulk purchases for giveaways at churches--especially during Lent or Easter--One Little Yes Can Change Your Life allows readers to experience the wonder of the resurrection for the first time or like the first time. Batterson''s enthusiastic writing imbues readers with a palpable excitement as they consider what the resurrection means for their own lives.

Chase the Lion Bible Study Book

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Chase the Lion Bible Study Book
Chase the Lion: Stepping Confidently Into the Unknown is a 6-session young adult Bible study inspired by a fearless warrior named Benaiah (2 Sam. 23:20) who changed the course of his future by winning a battle with a real lion. This study examines biblical and modern-day examples of people who were willing to take risks, seize opportunities, and face fears when it comes to chasing after God-given opportunities.

Chase the Lion Leader Kit

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Chase the Lion Leader Kit
Chase the Lion: Stepping Confidently Into the Unknown is a six-session young adult Bible study that expands the message of Mark Batterson''s best-selling book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Inspired by a fearless warrior named Benaiah (2 Sam. 23:20) who changed the course of his future by winning a battle with a real lion, this study examines biblical and modern-day examples of people who were willing to put everything on the line, take risks, seize opportunities, face fears, embrace uncertainty, and look foolish when it comes to chasing after God-given opportunities. Our current Christian culture doesn''t usually encourage sensible people to chase after risky opportunities and dreams. We want to believe that if it''s a good decision, it will always be and feel safe because that''s the way God wants life to be. But what if you discovered that the fulfilling life God wants for you is hiding behind a present problem, a past failure, or a lifelong fear? Unsure about where to start? Pop in the Enhanced CD and read "What Did I Sign Up For? How to lead a successful discussion-driven Bible study." Click around some more and you''ll find a PDF of "The Chase the Lion Leader Guide" which explains how to incorporate each Enhanced CD feature, a Playlist of songs that continue the themes of Chase the Lion, and other electronic goodies to enhance your ongoing communication with your group.

The Grave Robber Participant's Guide

release date: Sep 02, 2014
The Grave Robber Participant's Guide
Perfect for churches and small groups, the dvd, participant''s guide, and curriculum kit for Mark Batterson''s new book will help readers delve deeper into the God who is bigger than any of our problems.

Jack Staples and the Ring of Time

release date: Sep 01, 2014
Jack Staples and the Ring of Time
Eleven-year-old Jack''s ordinary life is upended when mysterious creatures attack his hometown and he is whisked into a fantastical adventure filled with danger at every turn. Jack learns that most live in a shadow of the world, their vision blinded by invisible scales that have covered human eyes since the beginning of time. But the Awakened experience the world as it truly is, where war rages between good and evil—and Jack is at the heart of it. The Awakened are searching for The Child of Prophesy who will both save the world and destroy it. When Jack joins in their epic battle he must learn to trust his friends and face his fears if he is to make his life count.

All In Student Edition

release date: Mar 11, 2014
All In Student Edition
Halfway is no way to live. Quit holding back. Quit holding out. It’s time to go all in and all out for God. The good news is this: If you don’t hold out on God, God won’t hold out on you. If you give everything you have to follow Jesus, you’ll receive amazing spiritual rewards. But this reality also comes with a deeper truth: Nothing belongs to you. Not even you. In All In: Student Edition, Mark and Parker Batterson explore what going all in can mean for your life, sharing unique illustrations and unforgettable stories, as well as compelling accounts of biblical characters. Throughout, they demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Mark Batterson writes: “When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.”

The Circle Maker Student Edition

release date: Jun 30, 2015
The Circle Maker Student Edition
Would knowing that your prayers will be answered change the way you pray? In The Circle Maker Student Edition, Pastor Mark Batterson and Parker Batterson share powerful insights from the true legend of Honi the Circle Maker, a believer who prayed miracles would happen to the people of God---which then fell from the heavens like rain. Honi and Mark Batterson will help you bring your God-given dreams into being through bold, tenacious prayers that honor God and make the impossible come true.

Going All In

release date: Sep 24, 2013
Going All In
This powerful booklet, excerpted from All In tells us that the Gospel costs nothing, but demands everything. If Jesus is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all. It''s all or nothing. It''s now or never. It''s time to ante up and go all in with God. No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn’t give back to God. What we didn’t push back across the table to Him. Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out. Batterson writes, “For many years, I thought I was following Jesus. I wasn’t. I had invited Jesus to follow me. I call it inverted Christianity. And it’s a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality. That’s when I sold out and bought in. When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan? It’s a daring plan. Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.”

All In Study Guide

release date: Sep 23, 2013
All In Study Guide
When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. The will of God is not an insurance plan; it’s a daring plan. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of your life is to arrive safely at death. All In, a four-session video-based Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately) by New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson, challenges participants to resolutely follow God wherever he leads by pointing out that if Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. Most people think they are following Jesus. They may think they are following Jesus, but the reality is, they’ve invited Jesus to follow them. They call him Savior, but they’ve never surrendered to him as Lord. Are you following Jesus? Or have you invited Jesus to follow you? Participants will find Batterson’s teaching filled with his customary vivid, contemporary stories as well as biblical characters like Shamgar, Elisha, Jonathan, and Judas. It’s time to go all in for God. Sessions include: Now or Never: Pack Your Coffin All In: Charge! All Out: Rim Huggers All in All: Burn the Ships Designed for use with All In Video Study 9780310333104 (sold separately).

Highly Functional

release date: Jun 01, 2015
Highly Functional
This book deals with change needed in the Americn Prison System.

The Circle Maker for Kids

release date: Aug 06, 2013
The Circle Maker for Kids
The Circle Maker for Kids, based on Mark Batterson’s New York Times bestselling The Circle Maker, reveals the true legend of Honi, a man whose prayers for rain saved a generation. Dramatic illustrations by Antonio Caparo bring the compelling story to life, while each page prompts children to discover the timeless truth that God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God. Batterson’s poetic text flows nicely with the climactic plot and vivid imagery that truly proclaims the mighty power of prayer.

The Circle Maker Participant's Guide

release date: Apr 10, 2013
The Circle Maker Participant's Guide
The Circle Maker, a dynamic four-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), uses the story of Honi the Circle Maker, who prayer-walked until the rains came during a devastating first Century drought. This Participant Guide provides individual and group activities, between session personal studies, and additional background material that will enhance the experience of the video on The Circle Maker DVD (sold separately). This story helps you and your entire church begin to identify dreams and future miracles you can draw prayer circles around. God, who still looks for circle makers whose bold prayers defy human convention and invoke divine intervention is waiting for those prayers… Mark Batterson not only teaches about big dreams and bold prayers, he lives it. With stories of Honi, as well as reflections on modern day miracles as a result of prayer, this participant''s guide will help you identify, discuss and put into practice the dreams and future miracles you need to draw circles around. Sessions include: 1. Becoming a Circle Maker 2. Little People, Big Risks, and Huge Circles 3. Praying Hard and Praying Through 4. Praying is Like Planting Designed for use with The Circle Maker Video Study (sold separately).

Praying Circles around Your Children

release date: Jul 24, 2012
Praying Circles around Your Children
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 kids. Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child’s life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why. As Batterson says, “I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children’s children. It’s time to start circling.”

The Circle Maker (Enhanced Edition)

release date: Dec 20, 2011
The Circle Maker (Enhanced Edition)
According to Pastor Mark Batterson in this Zondervan ebook, The Circle Maker, “Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the circle maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

God Anthology Study Guide

release date: Jan 02, 2013
God Anthology Study Guide
Looking for a more God-centric and less topical approach to group Bible study? God Anthology by Mark Batterson guides groups on an exploration into six of the critical aspects of God''s character and personhood. In some respects, this study captures the essence of A.W. Tozer''s classic The Knowledge of the Holy for a new generation. But what makes God Anthology original is the way music and media are incorporated into the experience. National Community Church worship staff has written, composed, and arranged original music for each of the critical aspects of who God is. This experience will not only utilize these songs worshipfully, but will also integrate the use of QR codes, video, and other forms of media as well. The six aspects explored in this resource include: Merciful Holy Mysterious Jealous Sovereign Incomparable This Member Book includes a small-group experience for six sessions, individual devotions for each week, video discussion starters, and leader notes.

Be a Circle Maker

release date: Dec 20, 2011
Be a Circle Maker
According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, ''Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn''t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It''s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.'' Do you ever sense that there''s far more to prayer, and to God''s vision for your life, than what you''re experiencing? It''s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker---a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? In this powerful booklet, excerpted from THE CIRCLE MAKER, Batterson helps you uncover your heart''s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
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