Trusting God for Everything--Psalm 23: A Personal Retreat Guide
Very good Retreat Study on Psalm 23
This book is designed for a ladies retreat study with seven sessions taking you through Psalm 23. In this study, you donÃ¢ÂÂt just read the verses and read a little bit about each verse, you read, and re-read over and over again. After you read the verses, you meditate on what you have read, you immerse yourself into Gods message to you. You read and understand the meaning of the words, the theme of the scriptures you read, and you picture the passage you have read. Then you respond to GodÃ¢ÂÂs message to you and you rest in the message God has given you. Throughout each lesson there are lots of questions to answer which I love, because I seem to understand so much more when there are questions about what IÃ¢ÂÂve read to answer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this study, though I didnÃ¢ÂÂt do the study in a retreat setting, I studied through the book on my own. This is one great thing about this book. It can be used many ways, not just the retreat setting it was designed for. The author so wonderfully designed this book breaking down each chapter and each section in the chapters to make the study more profitable to those using it. She did the planning work for us, we just need the book, along with our Bibles and start studying. This book is a valuable resource for any library as well. I encourage ladies to seriously check out this book for themselves, and request it for your next Bible study.
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July 27, 2011
Great Personal Retreat Guide
Jan Johnson has authored more than a thousand Bible Studies. She is a sought-after spiritual director and retreat leader. IÃ¢ÂÂve never attended JohnsonÃ¢ÂÂs retreats in person, but her spiritual retreat guides are excellent resources to a personal retreats. In April, I reviewed Ã¢ÂÂLiving in the Companionship of GodÃ¢ÂÂ which is designed to instill a passion and desire for a personal relationship with God.
Using the same format, Ã¢ÂÂTrusting God for Everything: Psalm 23Ã¢ÂÂ challenges you to live each day in relationship with God by putting aside your worry and fear for the future and rely completely and totally upon Him. Only until you begin resting and trusting in God will you ever into a life of confidence in GodÃ¢ÂÂs provision and restoration. This book is particularly important and relevant for the days we live in when people are concerned about the economy, healthcare, employment and personal relationships.
Take some time and get alone with God. Refresh, renew and revive into a fresh, new relationship with your heavenly Father. You can trust God with everything in your life.
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June 30, 2011
A Very Quiet Book
This book is called Ã¢ÂÂA Personal Retreat GuideÃ¢ÂÂ. It is the first book of its kind that I have read. I thought it was a Bible study, but it really is something different than anything I have read before.
The book is very structured with very clear instructions on how to go about your own Ã¢ÂÂretreatÃ¢ÂÂ with God. I am a Bible study junkie, so this book threw me off a bit. I enjoyed the Ã¢ÂÂImmersed in GodÃ¢ÂÂs MessageÃ¢ÂÂ section of each chapter the most. This section gave the context, tone, and meaning of the portion of Psalm 23 each particular chapter dealt with. Much of each chapter was the same throughout the book with the same passage by Dietrich Bonheoffer to recite before reading the Psalm and the same prayer written by Terese of Lisieux to say at the end of each meditation.
The book is very quiet. I do not know how else to explain it. When I am reading it, my voice is whispering even when I am not reading aloud. But I guess that is good considering the reason this book is written for. I would recommend this book if you intend to use it as a retreat tool. However, if you are looking for a Bible study, you should check into some of Jan JohnsonÃ¢ÂÂs other works.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
June 1, 2011
reflective and useful guide
There are two points to immediately make about this book, one is that it is a study guide and the second is that it invites interaction with what the author phrases as Ã¢ÂÂquestions you had not thought ofÃ¢ÂÂ, thinking in new ways and identifying issues at hand.
Psalm 23 is a familiar psalm, but for some it has become over-familiar and this study guide reconsiders that familiarity, not by over-analysing phrases and portions, but by pausing and looking at the context in which the praise is written and the sentiments expressed.
This is not an in-depth study of Psalm 23, but it is heartening to have the reader pointed to books on the Shepherd Psalm, which are able to devote a more considered exposition. This is an uplifting book and will be of benefit to those setting out to explore the 23rd Psalm anew. It is set out as a resource to use at a retreat but readers may choose to use it for personal devotions.
I am a bit uneasy about the different Bible versions referred to throughout as I commonly use the KJV, but this takes nothing away from enjoying the way that the author has set out helpful themes for meditation, embraced a wonderful overarching theme of Ã¢ÂÂtrustÃ¢ÂÂ in sections such as Trusting God to Lead and Trusting that God is with Me and formatted the sections of the book well to encourage active use. It is a book that groups will enjoy, participants will write in and reinvigorate their interest in the Psalms.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
May 20, 2011