Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
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We all know it's important to study God's Word. But sometimes it's hard to know where to start. What's more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible?
Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God's Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2014
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A popular Bible teacher offers practical guidance and helpful tips for women who want to go deeper in their study of the Bible and learn how to teach others to do the same.
Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of womens Bible studies. During her fifteen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.
Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah.
tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Small, but insightful bookJuly 24, 2014tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lost about how to really study the Bible and feeling like what she knew barely scratched the surface, the author started on a journey to learn how to study the Bible more effectively. She begins by pointing out several hit or miss methods and shows how they can be inadequate. She then outlines five steps to learning how to read and study the Bible with purpose. The next five chapters follow these five steps. The book ends with a conclusion how how to studying the scriptures points us to our Savior.
I have often fallen into some of the "unhelpful habits" that the author mentioned. This little book really helped give me perspective and clarity. I enjoyed her friendly, common sense approach. It felt more like a chat with a friend than a lecture. The points that she brings out are not only helpful, but spot on in terms of getting the scripture to apply to our hearts AND minds. It's definitely a book I'll be keeping and sharing with others.
I received this book free of charge from Crossway in exchange for my honest review.
Becky5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book on Studying the BibleJune 29, 2014BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Women of the Word: How To Study the Bible With Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin is a wonderful and practical book. I absolutely loved, loved, loved this one! I loved the author's passion for the subject: equipping women through Bible study.
After discussing several wrong ways to read the Bible, Wilkin shares with readers her tips for how to read and study the Bible.
Wilkin argues that there are two main wrong ways to read the Bible. The first, she says, is making the Bible about us and not God. The second way people misread the Bible is to put the heart--the emotions--before the mind. Wilkin calls for readers to grow in Bible literacy.
Most of the book is devoted to sharing "the Five P's of Sound Study." Wilkin's book is extremely practical. It not only tells you why you should be reading your Bible, but how you should be reading and studying your Bible. The tips are detailed enough that they are easy to understand or follow.
The five p's are: purpose, perspective, patience, process, and prayer. There is a dedicated chapter for each. These are wonderful chapters. I especially LOVED the chapter "Study with Prayer." She walks you through praying before study, during study, and after study. She uses the acronym PART. (Praise, Admit, Request, Thank).
The last two chapters are interesting. The eighth chapter illustrates how a reader might use all 5 P's. This chapter is all about giving a behind-the-scenes look at what Bible study is all about. Since readers may be completely unfamiliar with how Bible Study is done, this one is quite helpful. After all, it can be overwhelming to try to learn something new, to acquire a new skill. It can feel like WORK. The example she uses for this chapter is James. The ninth chapter is written for those who are currently teaching or who are thinking about becoming Bible teachers. This chapter is again very practical and packed full of information.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5solid book on studying the BibleJune 24, 2014Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My passion is for women and children to know the word deeply and to love it. I have long been frustrated that so many times we aren't taught to study our Bibles, but to take our pastor's word or our Bible study leader's word for what the Bible teaches. I'm very picky when it comes to Bible studies and books about Bible studies because so many times the books talk about how the Bible is about us. It's not. It's about God.
Thank you, Jen Wilkin, for a wonderful book on how to be a woman of the Word. She was clear, concise, and spoke in everyday language. She challenged me and affirmed me at the same time. I like how she reminded readers that the Bible is not about us. It's about God. We have to know who God is so we know who we are.
While I was reading this book, all I wanted to do was to go back and study the Bible! She tells her readers how to study the Bible with: purpose, perspective, patience, process, and prayer. I have taken those into my own quiet times and have been purposeful about adding all of these to my quiet time. It's so easy to rush through and I appreciate her reminders not to do so.
I also like the section for Teacher Help. It was very informative on leading a group of women and things you could do and things to watch out for so as not to do.
I would love to use this study in discipleship, either with a group of women or one-on-one. It's a good book for personal use, too.
I received this book free from Crossway Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
VictoriaUnited StatesAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Order TODAY!June 20, 2014VictoriaUnited StatesAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jen Wilkin caught me by surprise with this book. I expected to be helped, but I had no idea that 160 pages could show me EXACTLY HOW to study the Bible.
Jen will walk you through what she means by studying the Bible with: Purpose, Perspective, Process, Patience, and Prayer and then she will lead you in a step by step process as to HOW to do just that.
This book is written for people who know that they don't know the Bible like they want to. I've been a Christian for a number of years and read many helpful books. I have to say that aside from Piper's "Don't Waste Your Life" this is THE most influential book in my library!
I've got a notebook ready to begin using Jen's method and I trust that it's a method that will be with my for the rest of my life.
Don't hesitate! If you are looking for a book that will help you to really know God and to help you behold Him in the pages of the Bible, this is the PERFECT book for you!
* I received a review copy for this book from Crossway. All thoughts are my own honest opinion.
DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Learn to Study the Bible For YourselfMay 31, 2014DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bible teacher and author Jen Wilkin teaches women of all ages to dig into God's Word for themselves in her new book, Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, published by Crossway Books. The book promises to be a great resource for women, Bible teachers, youth workers, parents, and anyone else longing to study the Bible for themselves.
In the book, Wilkin gives her own testimony of learning to study God's Word for herself, and she shares the value of Bible literacy. She humorously illustrates some incomplete approaches to Bible reading, including the Xanax Approach, the Pinball Approach, the Magic Ball Approach, the Personal Shopper Approach, the Telephone Game Approach, and the Jack Sprat Approach. In the process, Wilkin shows that not only should readers dig into God's Word themselves, but they should use a well-rounded approach. Additionally, Women of the Word challenges readers to approach Bible study differently than they may have in the past. We often read the Bible and make it about us by asking, "What does God have for me today?" Instead, Wilkin encourages readers to see God as the central character of the Bible and to ask, "What do I learn about God and His character?" She says, "The Bible tells us who we are and what we should do, but it does so through the lens of who God is."
The rest of Women of the Word deals with the 5 P's of Sound Bible Study. Wilkin says Bible students should study God's Word with Purpose, Perspective, Patience, Process and Prayer, and that those five aspects are all interwoven and not necessarily linear. The over-arching Purpose is to know the Big Story of the Bible and see how all the parts fit together. Reading with Perspective means becoming an archaeologist and answering five basic archaeological questions. Serious study takes Patience, it follows a Process, and it starts, continues, and ends in Prayer.
After introducing the 5 P's of Sound Bible Study, Wilkin then illustrates the process with the book of James. Women of the Word also includes some helpful extras, including a chapter just for Bible teachers and an appendix of recommended resources.
Overall, Wilkin offers a sound Bible study process for women of all ages. It's simple, though certainly not easy, and it promises to reward the student with treasures from God's Word. Though marketed to women (as the title indicates), Women of the Word would help anyone learn to study God's Word for themselves. It would be great for a variety of study situationsâ€”mothers and daughters, mothers and homeschoolers, mentor relationships, and small groups. I highly recommend the Women of the Word and will be using it as I disciple other women in the Word.
The only thing I regret is that the book doesn't include a one-page summary of the 5 P's of Sound Bible Study so that as I study a book of the Bible or lead a group Bible study, I can refer to it instead of flipping back and forth in Women of the Word. A one page reminder of how to approach a Bible book study would be helpful, and perhaps it's something that can be offered later on the publisher's website or the author's own website. Still, it's a minor detail, and it won't keep me from using or recommending Women of the Word. This is an amazing resource that will hopefully spark a revival of biblical literacy.
About the Author
Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women's Bible studies. During her thirteen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas.
* I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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