3 Stars Out Of 5
Good to start off studying the book of Ephesians
April 29, 2013
Ephesians is an amazing book of the bible to study and as I went through, Sue Edwards bible study book, "Ephesians:Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ", I found this is book really makes a good introduction to the beginning basics of Ephesians, although it doesn't go in depth as many other bible studies usually go.
Divided into 9 lessons, there is some overview that is provided by J. Vernon McGee, J. I. Packer, Klyne Snodgrass, John Stott, and others along with a look into Greek words, but if you are looking for a really more deeper study of the book of Ephesians....I highly recommend using this more of a starter point than anything else.
A thin, notebook format, with plenty of space to share personal thoughts and insights, with guided questions, this is a very user friendly bible study for beginners or those who are just starting a women's bible study group and needed a way to guide oneself through leading a study.
This isn't to say that there wasn't an opportunity given for digging deeper as Sue does offer, "Digging Deeper" questions as well as, other methods , for those looking for a more serious study, or may find themselves in need of resources, such as the Logos software, access to the online bible study tools, or even a good commentary, along with a few other much needed resources, this shouldn't be a big deal.
Set up to be a tiered bible study, where the individual can work through this study at a time frame that is suitable for them, I can see someone who is a busy working mom, at home or away from the home, finding this to be a handy resource, but for those who look for more "meatier" bible studies, either for personal or group study, I highly suggest taking the time to looking at not only the additional suggestions that the author has provided, but this book can be, for some, a good complement to additional material that maybe on hand, for use for study, be it group or individual.
I like how some of the lessons were titled such as:
"Learn to Sit" and the "Tripping Over Your Tongue? Talk Your Walk?" which not only sums up the lesson "of the day" or "hour" or however one has structured their bible study, but immediately grabs the attention of the reader to the point of that moments lesson.
Overall, this is a nice book to have when one needs a flexible bible study that they can structure to fit their current life circumstances.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for the opportunity to read and review this book!