I love Beth Moore and have completed a few of her past studies: Esther, Breaking Free, David, Daniel. There are several different participation levels for this study to choose from: 1. Just watch DVD, 2. Watch DVD and do workbook, 3. In addition to the previous you can also handwrite the whole book of James, 4. Do all the previous plus read all of Melissa's (Beth's daughter) commentaries 5. Do all of the previous plus memorize the entire book of James.
I didn't love this study. I didn't find that any of Melissa's writings added value to the overall study - but just took longer to complete the work that I felt I should do as a small group leader. Additionally, numerous times Beth had us flipping through the Bible to find other obscure references where the same word was used....again, not adding value to the overall study and making the lessons take longer to complete. And since Beth is the master at providing rich insights, I expected there to be more depth to some of the key verses in James (e.g., James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above...", James 3:8 "But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.").
The DVD's were extremely well done (as usual) and added a lot to the overall study. I would definitely recommend supplementing the study with the DVDs.
My least favorite Beth Moore Study....and I really have loved them all!
This is not just for women. Althought Beth is presenting to a group of women, we are doing ths study with couples and everyone loves it. The men aren't as likely to do the homework, however, the DVD sessions are rich enough that anyone will get much from it. Having great discussions each week.
Simplify! Gets to the meat of the Word & yet challenges you to dig as far as YOU want to go in the study. Reveals an ordinary man-James, who became a pillar of the faith. ALL because he met the risen Christ!!