Secrets of the Vine for Women is an easy read based on John 15. I have read Secrets of the Vine and enjoyed the women's version since it goes into more depth on how it would apply to me as a woman. The study guide is a nice addition for studying individually or in a group. The reason I would not recommend this book is because I cannot agree with the teaching that sickness is a form of discipline from God. Other than that, it is a good book.
I received Secrets of the Vine for Women free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
This is a book geared toward women that breaks down the vineyard story from John 15 in ways that make them try to understand it better. It breaks down God's, Jesus', and our place in the vineyard. This book also has a study guide in the back to help people with personal or group reflection.
This book really opened up John 15 to me in ways that it hasn't been opened up to me before. As the secrets of John 15 were uncovered it made it easier for me to understand. It also pointed out how my relationship with Jesus can be deepened and how I can strive to bear more spiritual fruit. It also showed me how my life can be impacted from following John 15 and how my life can crumble up from not following it. My prayer life and personal time with the Lord has increased since reading this book.
This book can be really helpful to women to help them to understand how God can work in their lives through John 15 to help them to start and continue bearing spiritual fruit in their lives. I believe this book can really change a lot of lives if the information is read, reflected on, and acted upon.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
"The hurrier you go the behinder you get"! This is a quote that I had in my bedroom when I was a young girl. It seems the older I get the more clearer this statement becomes. Often times I find myself remembering this quote as I hurry about through my day then Holy Spirit gently reminds me (the first time), "Be still and know that I am God". At this time in my life as I give all I can to my little mission field here at home I am reminded of the importance of time with God, of abiding.
Secrets of the Vine for Women by Darlene Marie Wilkinson became a wonderful reminder to me of the importance of slowing down in order to "abide" with Christ. No matter the season of life you are in, women of all ages will glean from this book. The author does a great job at using metaphors, examples and scripture so that women can rightly apply the teaching's of Jesus in John 15. Learning the facts of how grapes are grown, how a vinedresser works tediously with each branch and understanding the spiritual application that Jesus was explaining may surprise some. Others may need to read the suggested scripture in order to attain a deeper application for in their life. The book has a study guide for each chapter that would be wonderful for personal or group study. This is a book that I will definitely pick up again.
I highly recommend this book. It may be a short read but a very poignant one.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".
"Secrets of the Vine for Women" by Darlene Marie Wilkinson is a great read! Wilkinson has taken the wisdom from her husband's book, "Secrets of the Vine," and written it from a woman's perspective. She uses personal stories and responses of women who were touched by "Secrets of the Vine" to bring to life the wisdom of the vineyard analogy that Jesus talks about in John 15 of Scripture. She also has written a short, fictional story about a father who is a vineyard farmer and his grown daughter who comes home to visit during harvest season. This story briefly begins each chapter and adds a creative and interesting understanding to the topic of the book.
I enjoyed this little book. Wilkinson reiterates the important truths from her husband's book and gives great insight into the understanding of John 15. There are many Scriptural references throughout the book, which allow it to be used as a personal or group Bible study. The appendix also includes great discussion questions to use within a group setting.
Wilkinson's book has encouraged and motivated me to focus more on my "abiding" in Christ. Any book that does that gets 2 thumbs up. I highly recommend it!
I received a free copy from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review on my blog.
This book has touched every fiber of my being. Secrets of the Vine for Women bring a refreshing and a wonderful way in learning about Jesus as the vine and we are the branches. The illustrations bring a remarkable way of how we should abide in the Word of God. It is such a great little power-packed book to refresh ones spirit. I am grateful that I belong to my Heavenly Father. This book reminds you of who you are and who you belong too, and what is required of you.
I couldn't put this book down, I truly enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It stirs in me the "don't be afraid to step out of the boat" type of experience. Build your faith and bare much fruit, keep the faith, and always trust your Creator. I highly recommend Secrets of the Vine for Women to every woman and teenage girl that sometimes needs a little reminder of their purpose and the reason they were chosen.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.