I recently received four Bible study books to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers and was excited to try them out. The Bible studies I'm used to are the workbook/DVD based Bible studies... which are great, but really expensive to do if you are just wanting something to do in your own time. And it was starting to seem to me that most of the Bible studies coming are were all tending to be video based studies.
So I was excited to see what these new Inscribed Collection books were like.
And I wasn't disappointed.
Every bit as good as the video driven studies, but with a depth I wasn't expecting, and still fit into a realistic amount of time to do.
The first one I read was Leaving Ordinary by Donna Gaines. This was a great study into the tabernacle and the furnishings of it and how they relate to our lives and especially our prayer lives today. I loved this one because I was not deeply familiar with the tabernacle and Donna brought out some great points that I hadn't thought of before.
The next book was Dive Deeper by Jenifer Jernigan. Jenifer took me through the book of Ephesians in great depth with her D.I.V.E system of Define, Investigate, Visualize, and Embrace. The lessons in this can be a bit long if you are running short on time, but are easily broken up to make it very do-able if you have only 5 minutes or a half hour. Each lesson takes you through an overview, prayer, a lesson with other verses to look up, and personal stories to guide you through the section. It was very easy to read and well written.
Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel works through the book of Habakkuk and some deep thoughts on seeking God's will, even when it is confusing and painful. This book is more reading and answering questions at the end of each section, which is a nice change and more of a laid back kind of study, but still rich and deep.
Living So That by Wendy Blight was a fun way to work through all the 'so that' scriptures. These chapters are short with reading, application, go deeper, and concluding thoughts sections. They, too, are short but deep and include memory verses that you slowly work through and repeat daily so you really get them down.
I loved each of these studies because they each approached the scripture slightly differently. They read quickly, are written well and bring a fresh new way to Bible study, especially for individuals, though they would work great for small groups too.
I'm so excited for the variety of Bible Studies being offered and the different voices that bring out things that maybe you've never thought of before. I highly recommend any or all of these studies.
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