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The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, by Mark Batterson

  Biblical Resources:

Dr. Gary Gilley’s Book Review

Book Review from Beginning and End Blog Reveals the Abomination of Witchcraft and the Prosperity Gospel in The Circle Maker

From Worldview Weekend, Brannon Howse and Chris Rosebrough Review The Circle Maker


“Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker will have you praying circles around any situation you are facing.” -Craig Groeschel

“Honi the circle maker is a longtime legendary figure, and Mark Batterson is well on his way.  You will love the freshness of this approach to prayer.”   -John Ortberg

 “Mark Batterson is a master storyteller.  His stories illustrate important biblical truths that convict me in my heart.” -Ruth Graham

From the Velvet Brick Blog, Nancy Leigh DeMoss & True Women’s Conference ’12 Endorse and Utilize Batterson’s Teachings

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The Harry Potter Book Series, by J. K. Rowling

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As stated in the “Disclaimers and Copyright” page, this occult fantasy series, by J. K. Rowling, will be posted in The Berean Library® for access to the helpful book reviews which reveal the spiritual dangers of such material.  Marcia Montenegro, who offers these reviews (below), is a former professional astrologer, New Ager and practicing occultist.  You can read more about her background here.

Harry Potter is not typical merchandise sold in Christian bookstores, of course. Then again, there is at least one named  Logos Bookstore, in Oak Park, IL, that does!

The bottom line:  God calls His people to be holy like Him; set apart from the wickedness of the world (Leviticus 19:2; 1 Pt 1:16; James 4:4).  Believers are not to have anything to do with sorcery (magic), witchcraft (divination) or necromancy (consulting mediums, spiritists for communicating with the dead) (Lv 19:26; Dt. 18:9-14; Isa 8:19; Gal 5:20; Rev  21:8).  Such things are “detestable” to the LORD.  They are “evil” and “provoke the LORD to anger” as Manasseh did (2 Ch 33:6).

Sisters, we are encouraged from 1 Jn 5:4 to be an overcomer of the world and all its temptations and distractions that wage war against us and our souls, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”  And that faith is the eternal gift of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23), which is joined with repentance (Acts 20:21).

Marcia Montenegro’s Reviews, From Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA):

1)  Harry Potter, Sorcery and Fantasy:  Book 1

2)  Harry Potter, A Journey to Power:  Books 2, 3, and 4 

3)  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:  Book 5    

4)  The Harry Potter Books:  Just Fantasy?    

Also recommended is Marcia’s book, Spellbound ~The Paranormal Seduction of Today’s Kids



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Dream Encounters, by Barbie Breathitt

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Christine Pack’s Review

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