Following God: Joseph--Beyond the Coat of Many Colors  -     By: Mary Murphy
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AMG Publishers / 2011 / Paperback

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Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors is an interactive Bible study in the familiar Following God format that offers hope, encouragement, and practical answersto life s problems. As one of Jacob s twelve sons, Joseph is a blueprint for understanding blended families with broken and betrayed relationships. The study also serves as a leadership manual for churches and businesses; a handbook for employees and employers; a guidebook for resisting negative peer pressure and instituting moral purity, grace and forgiveness. Literally, it has something for everyone.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0899573339
ISBN-13: 9780899573335
Availability: In Stock
Series: Following God

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Publisher's Description

Perhaps more than any other biblical narrative, Joseph's life is a down-to-earth model for everyday relationships. Joseph was a lonely little boy--ignored by his brothers yet coddled by his parents. Feel his fear in the pit; follow his caravan to Egypt; stand with him on the slave auction block. You will experience his struggle for sexual purity, go with him to the dungeons of Egypt, rejoice in his rise to power, weep as he forgives the hurt and betrayal of his brothers.
This interactive workbook study will detail each aspect of Joseph's life and show readers how to relate it to their own temptations and struggles with envy, disappointment, betrayal, purity, power, and forgiveness--for to one degree or another, each of us is living a Joseph life.

Lesson headings:
You Don't Get to Choose Your Family
Taking Sibling Rivalry to New Heights
When Life is the Pits
I Didn't Apply for the Job
Walking by Faith--Again!
Life at the Top
The Real Test of Character
Joseph: The Real Deal

Author Bio

Mary Englund Murphy speaks at retreats, banquets, and special events. She is the author of the book Winning the Battle of the Bulge: It's Not Just about the Weight, endorsed by Dr. Kevin Lehman. Mary and her husband, Bill, make their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Bill pastors Calvary Bible Church.

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"Anointed. Superb. Outstanding. Exceptional. These are just a few of the words that come to mind as I give my wholehearted endorsement to Joseph: Beyond the Coat of Many Colors. Mary Englund Murphy's practical applications and insights into the life of Joseph and his family truly go beyond a multicolored garment. Not only did my church use this study in all of our small groups, I preached a twelve-week sermon series in conjunction with the book. You will not be disappointed as you delve into this study alone or in a group setting."

---Jim Garlow, Pastor, Skyline Church in La Mesa, California

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  1. jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Very Interesting and Enlightening Bible Study
    February 1, 2014
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Joseph's story and the "character" of Joseph have long been Biblical favorites. Mary Englund Murphy's study delves into the real story of Joseph's family--on one hand, dysfunction, deception, jealous rivalry, favoritism--on the other hand, restoration, faithfulness and the blessings of a great God. The author explores attitude, character, morality, forgiveness, success in life, and God's continual direction. Each scripture passage is explained with reference to the Biblical story as well as to our story. In the margins are key scriptures, main ideas, and motivating truths to apply to our lives and to point us to God's Word and to His unfailing direction. Everyone can glean encouragement and hope for the difficult times and trials in our lives. The study inspires us to live a life in trust and obedience, aware that God knows the end of our story, too, and He directs our life journey. I found this to be a most interesting and worthwhile study. I plan to keep it as a reference and to study it again. I received this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

  2. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beyond the Coat of Many Colors is an indepth study
    December 9, 2013
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Joseph ~
    Beyond the Coat of Many Colors
    By Mary Englund Murphy

    Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors is more than just a study of Joseph and his life. Starting with Abraham we are taken on a journey that brings us up to Joseph. Joseph and his brothers are directly affected by how Abraham, Issac, and Jacob manipulated to get what they wanted.

    We study Joseph and his brothers and we relate them to our daily life. Just as God didn't give up on on Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and his sons - He doesn't give up on us. We can use Joseph as an example of how to live a life that honors God because he exemplified Christ's life through his own.

    God sees beyond the outward aspects He sees beneath the mask. He knows our heart and He sees our true character. And we can use Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors to help us grow and become whom He desires us to be.

    Often we see Joseph portrayed as someone bigger than life, but felt fear and betrayal. He was tempted and was punished for overcoming it. Through Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors we can experience this and take strength from this in our own lives.

    I liked the activities in each lesson and the scripture readings from throughout the Bible - Old and New Testament. Each week is broken into 5 days and there are a total of 8 weeks. This study would work as either an individual study or a family/group study.

    I was provided a copy of this book by BookFun (dot) org and the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  3. Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great Bible Study
    November 2, 2013
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    This is a wonderful Bible study that would be great for church groups or the individual reader. I love the story of Joseph and this study gives you more insight into his life and the trials he was able to overcome because of his faith.
    The study material is for five days a week for a period of eight weeks. The book has a lot of scripture verses to read and questions for the reader to ponder and see how the verses apply to your individual life and draw you closer to God. There is plenty of room to write your responses and make notes.
    This study can strengthen your faith, help you in times of trails and offer hope and encouragement.
    I recommend you read this Bible study.

    I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

  4. Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Study
    October 30, 2013
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors is a fabulous bible study. It would work great as a group or individual study. Presented in eight weeks with study material five days each week, this study delves intensely into the life of Joseph. It also provides areas for the reader to ponder and apply the lesson in their own lives. I especially loved the Doctrine, Word study and Put Yourself in Their Shoes sections. The Doctrine provides scriptural references while the Word study enlightens the meanings behind words used throughout the scriptures. Finally, the Put Yourself In Their Shoes section allows the reader to think and use the material in their own life. There are personal questions that take the history of Joseph out of a storytelling format and into current, real life principles. At the end of each week’s study material is a prayer to help apply what has been taught throughout that week’s homework. This study is substantial for the schooled believer, but not overwhelming to a new believer. Whether new to Christianity or a seasoned believer, this book will enhance and edify the reader to new levels. I would absolutely recommend this book. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

  5. shanfromcan
    Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The many layers of Joseph
    October 29, 2013
    shanfromcan
    Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Love the set up of this study book: large workbook style, lots of place for notes on pages throughout the lessons as well as book. The five day plan is great because it gives us the opportunity to catch up if life gets in the way. Each of the chapters begins with an introduction, focus of the day, as well as this prayer: "Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from Your law." Psalm 119:18

    Bible readings with questions, word studies, facts, explanations and details are provided. There is much to be learned, or reminded of through this study and God will open our eyes and hearts if we allow Him. Major points are highlighted on the side and are a great reminder of the lesson. Then it is time to apply what we are learning.

    This study does not begin with the life of Joseph but rather with his ancestors, moves on to his family and the sibling rivalry and through the ups and downs-literally of his life, on to seeing God's plan for Joseph's life.

    The first week, day one, ABRAHAM AND SARAH INTEGRITY MATTERS, we learn about lying and are provided with translation for different Hebrew words found in the Old Testament book of Proverbs. We then move on to some New Testament passages before dealing with specifics from their story found in Genesis.

    None of us is perfect and we are so blessed to serve a God whom is patient, forgiving, and does not depend on our goodness to fulfill His plans in our lives. Sadly, though, our choices affect not only us as individuals but also family and those we come in contact with.

    A great first week as we learn about Joseph's descendants, their quirks, choices and the consequences. The fifth day is used as a review of all learned, but more importantly as a time for reflection and thanksgiving.

    The 2nd Chapter on SIBLING RIVALRY, was especially close to my heart, as one of 9 surviving siblings, I know a little of what this is all about, especially with 29 foster children passing through our doors, and then one whom came at 5 days old, and took my place as baby of the family. As with Joseph, I also knew what it was to be the beloved of the father.

    "Have you ever thought about what you would like people to say about you at the end of your life--how you want to be remembered? I want to live my life so God blesses others because of the way I served Him. I want to be remembered as a person who had failures and disappointed the Lord many times, but finished well. I want to be a loser who was used by God to accomplish His purpose. I want to say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 pg. 172

    This in an excellent study for personal or small groups. Come meet the Joseph you never knew, and learn some very good lessons.

    I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. Pick it up today, you will not be disappointed.

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