Although this book is primarily written for women as a bible study material, as I reviewed it, I felt a gentle nudging in my heart too, to experience a deeper satisfaction in God's fountain of love. Basically, Week 1 starts off with knowing and experiencing the truth that we are the object of God's love. He wants us to know that we are His beloved. Week 2 deals with the hindrances that block us from reaching the intimate relationship with God. As mentioned in the book, at times, we ourselves are our own enemy. We are unable to forgive ourselves, thereby blocking the flow of God's love. God wants us to enter into that complete freedom that He has prepared for us. If Week 2 is about our past guilt and hurts that hinder us from reaching out to His love, Week 3 is about us seeking approval from others, performing to impress and please others. Week 4 is about voices and noises. Often times, there are so many noises and voices competing for our attention that we can totally miss out the still small voice of God. We need to be silent before Him. Be still to hear His voice. Week 5 is about attention. Too often, many things caught our attention, and we can become easily distracted by things that never truly satisfy. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus. Week 6 is about being satisfied. Often when we come to realize that nothing else truly satisfies, it dawns upon us that He is our True Living Water. We return to the Fountain of Life as often as we desire. Week 7 is about being held. Being held by the Love that refuse to let us go. As we "hold on" to Him, we realize that it is He who is holding on to us. Week 8, the final week in this study, is about being betrothed. It is about living as the Beloved. It is about being loved, more than we can ever imagine. In summary, I am convinced that, except for the fact that the almost all the illustrations used in this book are stories of women, this book is definitely for men too. Men who are aware of their thirst for the Savior and Lord.
"An Undivided Heart" is a simple 8-week Bible Study for women with the purpose of helping women experience the intimacy of Jesus' touch. Platt guides the reader through how to experience Jesus using a short devotional, pondering scripture, reflecting on what you've read and responding with prayer. Although the subject matter attracted me to the study, the target audience is for women who are new to the concept of intimacy with the Savior. The scripture references are mainly from The Message version and even though I have nothing against this version of the Bible, I don't particularly find it appealing to do a Bible study.If you are new to the faith or trying to learn about experiencing a close relationship with Christ, this is the perfect Bible Study. However, if you have been walking with Christ for awhile the study is too simplistic. I did like the format and particularly the prayers at the end of each study. It is a great personal study and probably not very good to use as a group study as it tends to be personal and specific to the individual doing the study.