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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Reggie and Debbie Joiner
founder and CEO of Orange
"As they tell the story of their family’s journey, Joel and Nina Schmidgall give an insider’s view into the way they’ve drawn circles of prayer for their personal hopes and more. In the best times, those prayers have pushed them forward as a couple and as leaders. In the more difficult times, those prayers have been a backstop for a time of pause and reassessment. I’ve known them both for a very long time, and I know their commitment isn’t limited to a prayer closet but compels them to the corridors of power and the streets of desperation.
This book explains how."
Joshua and Michelle DuBois
executive director of the White House Faith-based Initiative under President Obama, CNN Commentator, and CEO of Values Partnerships
“Michelle and I are so excited for Praying Circles around Your Marriage, and we can’t wait for other couples to read this remarkable book. Pastor Joel and Nina Schmidgall have outlined how to create a joyful, prayerful fortress around your most important earthly relationship, keeping in and cultivating what is good and keeping out the things that harm. Their book will bless and inspire married couples, singles contemplating marriage, and pastors and leaders who work with couples. You don’t want to miss this very special book!”
Carey and Toni Nieuwhof
founding pastor of Connexus Church and author of Didn’t See It Coming
“Okay, true confession: I have a bias against marriage books because I think they make you feel guilty about yours. Good news: this is not that book. I am so glad Joel and Nina Schmidgall wrote this together. It’s honest, real, challenging, practical, and vulnerable. It also points you to a surprising solution far too many people ignore—prayer. You’ll love this book, and you’ll love Joel and Nina.”
Joseph R. Pitts
Former Congressman, Pennsylvania
"Your marriage will not only be strengthened, but you will experience great blessing if you practice daily prayer and Bible reading with your spouse."
Dick and Ruth Foth
coauthors of Known: Finding Deep Friendships in a Shallow World
“Joel and Nina Schmidgall have given us a profound gift—a handbook on prayer as the wellspring of biblical marriage. Engaged couples, newlyweds, and those, like us, who have passed the fifty-years- married mark need to read this book!”
Geoff and Sherry Surratt
authors of Together: A Guide for Couples in Ministry
“Joel and Nina Schmidgall are two of our heroes in ministry and in marriage. Their commitment to their family and their calling is unmistakable, and they approach both with a sense of responsibility and a sense of humor. This book opens the curtain for the rest of us to learn how prayer is the bedrock of that commitment. We’re excited to be able to read and apply these insights to our own marriage.”
MEET THE AUTHORS
Mark Batterson is The New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books, including The Circle Maker, All In, and Draw the Circle.
He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with seven campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University. He and his wife Lora, have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
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Joel Schmidgall is Executive Pastor of National Community Church (NCC) in
He oversees the pastoral staff for NCC’s seven locations and pastors the Capitol Hill location. Joel founded and now serves as President of the board of the DC Dream Center, a community center committed to inspiring and equipping youth and adults to reach their God-given potential.
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Nina Schmidgall serves as Director of Family Ministry at National Community Church (NCC) in Washington DC.
Nina first moved to the nation’s capital to work for the United States Congress. Writing and directing education and family policy, Nina realized her deep passion for strengthening the family and the home. She oversees the family ministry department across all of NCC’s marketplace locations. Nina and Joel live on Capitol Hill with their three kids: Eloise, Ezekiel, and Lorenza.
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