I don't know about you, but I can easily feel overwhelmed by the idea of studying the Bible. It's just so hard to know where to start andThe Overview
I don't know about you, but I can easily feel overwhelmed by the idea of studying the Bible. It's just so hard to know where to start and of course I always have the nagging thought, "Am I doing this the right way?"
Jen Wilkin takes this deep topic and breaks it down to be both understandable and easy to apply. She challenges you and shows you how to get past the desire of wanting to dig deeper into God's Word to actually DO it. In chapter two, Jen describes six common ways we "study" God's Word and how those approaches are leaving us lacking. But in pointing out the ways we are falling short, she also shares much grace and hope. I walked away from this book excited rather than feeling defeated. The core of this book is about the "5 P's" of studying God's Word and each of those steps makes going deep do-able for any woman in any stage of life.
This is not a dry book. Jen writes like you are her friend and in a way that makes things easy to understand, not harder. It is 152 pages long...or short...because it really does read fast! While it is definitely aimed at women, I do think that teen girls could enjoy it and most certainly benefit from it's wisdom.
I recommend this book to any woman wanting to understand how to study your Bible. Whether you are a beginner or you've been studying it for years, I really think you will find something in this book to help you continue on. This is a book you will most likely want a print version of over the ebook formatting since it's one you'll refer back to for all it's great resources.
Women of the Word would be a great selection for your book club. While it does not have group discussion questions included, it would not be hard to make them yourself.
This books gets 5 stars...or around here it's 5 coffee beans! ...more
This is the 5th book in the Miller's Creek Series which each stand alone, yet include some of the same well-loved characters each time. AsThe Overview
This is the 5th book in the Miller's Creek Series which each stand alone, yet include some of the same well-loved characters each time. As usual, Cathy writes a beautiful love story that is woven together with the Gospel making this a refreshing and relaxing read.
A Bridge Unbroken will capture your attention and be hard to put down with it's intrigue and tenderness. While it's a fairly thick book at 36 chapters, most readers will be able to finish this book in 5 or 6 hours.
Once again, the highlight for me is a story that glorifies God rather than just feeding my desire to be entertained. Reading this book is relaxing, encouraging, and clean. The plot is true to life and is realistic in every way, but in a way that honors Christ and builds up the reader.
Hmmmm.....does the fact that the story ends count?! Otherwise, none!
Read it! If you've already read the first 4 books, you will enjoy yet another set in the small town of Miller's Creek. And if you have not...well, what are you waiting for?! Enjoy!...more
Running on Empty is anything but empty! It is the deep truth of theology applied directly to the lives of women in the ministry - whetherThe Overview
Running on Empty is anything but empty! It is the deep truth of theology applied directly to the lives of women in the ministry - whether they are wife to a pastor or a missionary. Many books written for this audience are rather light and deal with the surface issues, but not this one. I found myself both laughing out loud and crying as I read this book that was so very true to the life of a woman in the trenches of ministry.
This is a longer book than most these days at twelve chapters and 210 pages. The over all theme is as the subtitle says - "The Gospel for Women in Ministry" - and each chapter applies the gospel to a struggle we women face while serving in ministry. While I loved the content, I did find that this book was harder for me to read as the flow was a bit rough and hard to follow at times. I found that each chapter felt like its own little book and reading with that in mind seemed to help me.
One of the highlights was the honesty with which Barbara shares about how we will suffer for Christ. So often this is brushed aside lightly and I think too many women (and their husbands) leave ministry because they were not adequately prepared for the hardships they would face. Too often in the USA we have a skewed view of suffering and Barbara does a great job of setting us straight.
The only downside to me was that it was slightly challenging to read. Otherwise, there was no downside.
I highly recommend this to all women serving in the ministry or thinking about doing so either as a pastors' wife or as a missionary. This one of the most comprehensive books I have scene on the heart issues we face.
(I received a courtesy copy of this book for review purposes from New Growth Press but the opinion stated is purely my own.)...more