All In (book review)

All InLast year I read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, and it reinvigorated my prayer life. Now the sequel, called All In, is raising my intensity and passion for prayer even higher!

This book has a different feel from all of Pastor Batterson’s other books. In books like In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day and Primal and others, the tone felt very conversational. All In feels more confrontational.

But in a good way! 

It seems like far too often we can talk a good game about prayer, but when it comes right down to it, all we ever do is talk about it. Using a picture that is well known to those who have seen a poker game, Mark urges us to use prayer as a means to push all our chips to the center of the table—to go all in—by not only believing God for great things, but by doing great things for God’s glory.

I normally share my opinion on who should read a certain book, but this time I’d like to share who I think shouldn’t read All In: (1) Those who already have such a dynamic prayer life that they put the members of the Faith Hall Of Fame members to shame (see Hebrews 11); (2) Those who don’t pray now and have no intention of praying in the future; and (3) Those who enjoy living boring, ordinary, barely-getting-by-day-after-day lives. If you’re not in one of those three groups, get ready for a supernatural boost to your prayer life through Mark Batterson’s words in All In.

Mark writes, “This isn’t a book to read. It is a decision to be made. If you read this book without making a defining decision, I wasted my time writing it and you wasted your time reading it. At some point, on some page, you will feel the Holy Spirit prompting you to act decisively. Don’t ignore it. Obey it.”

I am a Zondervan book reviewer.

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