In my opinion, this is a really good study. My group chose this book to study for the summer, partly because we thought it would take less time (daily) and focus than some other studies. It is more time consuming than any of us expected, but it seems that we all enjoy the depth of the study and background information that Sandra provides. Some days go pretty quickly (with mostly reading), however some days take me 45 minutes to an hour. (Maybe I am just slow.) We are currently in week three. So far, the beginning of the study was the most time consuming, because there was a lot of reading for background information. The background information has really helped me in my understanding of Philippians.
I have been using this with my Women's Group, and I found it very informative and balanced with both historical context and sound theological explainations. I learned a lot, and will hear Philippians in a new light when read in the future. Not all of the ladies in my group were able to keep up with the readings, (some found them too heavy), but despite that, we had some really good discussions using questions I pulled from the study. I plan to use others in this series for personal and group study.
Sandra Glahn fulfills the niche of Bible Studiers who are busy by providing a self-contained study which includes historical background, contextual information from outside the particular book being studied, and the book itself all in one little volume. You don't need to carry around the study and your Bible and notebook: it is all here in one convenient spiral-bound paperback. Very easy to use on a practical level and excellent as a study guide for both personal and group study. Ms. Glahn asks deep questions which provoke thought and discussion while providing the background so you can truly understand what St. Paul intended his readers to know. Great for novices to Bible study and for those with seminary degrees.
Absolutely wonderful!! I even liked the suggested background movies and books to check out of the library. I actually took the book with me to the coffee shop each day and appreciated that the book included all daily bible verses. Paul and the Phillipians became real for me and the clear guidance helped me to understand Pauls use of words and references. I just ordered 2 more studies. Thanks for bringing the Word closer to my life.
This is way too complicated - too much extra stuff. I did appreciate the historical information, however. We were looking for a discussion guide where the Bible text would be primary - don't need all the little stories that distract from the Scripture. It almost seemed like more someone's grad project rather than a relational Bible discussion guide. It made me wonder if the author even used this study with real people or does she just like to do research and write?