We purchased these books for our women's bible study. The book is easily read and understood. There are 2 kinds of questions at the end of each chapter - the Study Questions that are more personal in nature are helpful to 'dig deeper' into scripture in your personal 'alone' time with God. The Discussion Starters are a separate set of questions on the chapter. We choose questions from each 'list' to do each week as a group- choosing those that would be good to discuss in the group. Susie shares her personal 'struggles' in her life and writes how God can heal us of the past and still has a purpose for each of us. She uses scripture throughout the book. Although from the title and in much of the book as a whole she writes about a 'certain' beautiful purpose God has for each of us in life, Susie stresses to not forget the 'daily purpose' we have in Christ. One can apply the truths of this book to every day life as well. I would highly encourage you purchase Susie's DVD that goes along with this book. It enhances the book 100% as you listen to each half hour session that covers 2 chapters at a time. (One little humorous note: the one who did her video should take a course in where to point the camera and learn what doesn't work...we ignored these strange shots. ;) ) We do a chapter a week and show the DVD every other week, to cover the next 2 chapters. We do not study the book as she suggests. This book as we study it will take about 14 weeks. Since we have a few new Christians that are just learning about God's plan for them and learning the Word this book is a good study for them, as well as someone like me who has known God for 48 years. Everyone can glean from the truths Susie presents in this book.
A very well written can opener to your heart! I have only made it through 9 chapters but will finish soon and may reread it. To do the book justice, get a notebook and start jotting down points and words that will jump off the page. Plus you'll need it to work through the questions at each chapter end. What a revelation they brought forth! I was amazed at how she worded them so well.
I used the book in an online group setting but I bet the actual live setting would be a true life changer. If you want to jump start your love affair with God/Jesus.....GET THIS BOOK!!!!
I used this book in conjunction with an adult class, consisting largely of women in the parish. They found the book to be challenging regarding their personal and spiritual growth. Susie has a way a drawing people deeper into their faith and stretching them out as they grow. This book is a great resource for a study group regardless of one's gender.
I love this book so much that I read it twice! Yes, its true - after I finished reading it the first time I found myself really missing the insightful encouragements which I looked forward to daily. So I read it again, taking it slower this time and really taking the time to study end of chapter questions. It was even better the second time around! Your prayers were so authentic, heart felt and moving. Thank you for your inspiration. Please keep writing!
This is one of those books where I actually cried when it ended, which is unlike me. It was like I had a friend who knew my heart, that spurred me on to be authentic with Jesus and to dream BIG again. She spoke directly to my heart from the heart of God. I want to read this annually to be reminded of God's purpose for my life.