I really like the format of this study: concise chapters with 2 sets of questions in between a few readings. The only thing is that I wished the questions weren't so repetitive and they could have been more thought provoking. Especially for a group study, you need to have more open-ended questions and unfortunately, this book didn't have many (if any) at all. I will be looking for a different series that is geared more toward group discussion and not just picking an answer word-for-word out of a bunch of random Bible verses for my next study.
My womens small group has been using the Women of Faith books for the past three years and I always let them choose the next one they want to do. They chose this book and they are really enjoying it. It has helped them.
I love the Women of Faith series both for pesonal and group studies. A small group I started has just finished this "Encouraging One Another". The reason we liked it was that it is light hearted and there are opportunities for a lot of discussion. Our next one is on "Living a Life of Balance".
Another reason I like this series is that it is easy enough for anyone to lead the group. This is the first time I have been a bible study facilitalor. Praise God he showed me the way and I love leading this group!
We used this book in our ladies' Bible study and on the plus side, it was a good base to start discussions. However 2 things were red flags for me. First, it took verses out of context or didn't bother to include more of the passage which would have greatly added to understanding it. We took the time to read and discuss much more scripture than the book covered. Secondly, it relies a lot on The Message for it's scripture references. I do not feel that The Message is an appropriate resource for in depth Bible study. While encouragement is a wonderful topic, this study could have been so much more than it is.