I am teaching this study to my women's group and they love it. I am impressed how simple and down-to-earth Nicole Johnson's writing is, and yet she reaches the mature believers as well as the new believers. It is full of the Word, which is what will change us.
I am coordinating a Women's Bible Study this year for our community. We had used another of the Women of Faith Bible studies a few years ago when I was new to the group. The discussions are easy to facilitate which means that many of the women have been willing to take a turn leading each week. The questions do not require extensive Bible knowledge but lead into good, non-denominational discussions that are not threatening, but teach basic Biblical principles that can be applied to all ages of women.
It was nice to have a Bible study book that highlighted scriptures about encouragement. I believe that more emphasis on encouragment from the heart is needed today. It is a gift to give away at will. The application-based stories were very good too.
Our small women's group just started using this book. It is so wonderful we have spent two weeks on the first chapter. The questions have sparked lots of good discussion and the women are already putting into practice what they are learning to encourage one another. God is revealing additional truths to us as individuals through our private study time which we share when we come together. I gave the women a baseball as recommended at the end of chapter one. I thought it might be corny but it was a huge hit and they loved it. We look forward to continuing to study and grow together with the aid of Encouraging One Another.