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5 Stars Out Of 5
May 3, 2007
Catherine Painter hits the nail on the head with this new resource on the biblical basics of Christian faith and practice. We offered the study as a one hour course on Sunday evenings. Some participants were new Christians, others had been believers for years but had not been discipled in faith basics, others were mature Christians who were refreshing themselves in hopes that the course would enable them to talk with non-believers with a stronger witness. All were very pleased with the results. The book is so well written and organized that it teaches itself. The weekly sessions became a time for participants to discuss the content and share with each other from their hearts. Thus it was beneficial for each individual and for building community that will last among those who took the course together. I highly encourage you to look at a copy for yourself and consider using it in your church, your college study group, or even your neighborhood weekly gathering.
A down to earth question for a title of a book is superb. Not only does it cause interest as you browse through the bookstore, but the funny pictures on the cover make you stop and look!And then to scan the titles of each chapter creates more interest.I appreciate Catherine Painters' vulnerability in her writing. She shares her own lack of understanding about her faith. Even though she had accepted Jesus as her Savior she had not grown in a relationship with him. So the reader does not feel a put down if there is a personal lack of understanding. "Through physical eyes church members often mistake adult new believers as being spiritually mature or at least capable of growing by themselves," states Painter. This is the one line theme of this great workbook, I believe,The beginning of any life is birth. So it is natural to also look at a spiritual birth as the beginning.I appreciate her questions, "What about you?" or "Write your own story."In the chapters about the letters of Paul we learn of Paul's experience, her experience and then write a personal experience. That gives these teachings an authentic approach which is one of the best I have ever read. From Chapter 1, the reader wants more! I am thankful for this author who has allowed God to use her anointed skills to write His answer to life.