She's Got Issues:Seriously Good News For Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us, is a DVD small group study designed by Nicole Unice to help its participants understand that the everyday issues of life do not have the right to steal their joy.
Nicole utilizes her experience as a counselor, a church ministry leader, and an everyday, ordinary mom to help women deal with debilitating issues within their lives. The topics covered within this DVD small group study, control, insecurity, comparison, fear, anger, and unforgiveness, are commonly found within the lives of many within today's society.
Each 15-20 minute lesson is packed with biblical accuracy, wrapped around fantastic teaching. Each lesson starts off with Nicole interviewing a woman who has struggled with the issue that is to be discussed in the lesson. As the discussion comes to an end, participants are given time for journaling before the whole group is presented with the lesson. An added feature is a printable participant's guide on the DVD that enhances the time of study.
Because of its dynamic teaching, this study is recommended for utilization in a ladies' small group setting.
There are a lot of Women's bible study video curriculum's out there, and many of them are fine for a group that mainly wants to just spend time with each other and have fun. But if there is genuine desire to grow spiritually, then it is a bit harder to find a good group study for you. It is a balance of real life questions and looking at uncomfortable realities of who we are but doing it in a way that feels safe for those in it. That is the target of Nicole Unice's book and DVD, and I think that it was a success.
Right from the introduction, she acknowledges the fact that this does not have a simple self-help formula of "do these five things and this will happen in your life", but instead seeks to look into the things in our life that hinder us from experiencing the kind of faith life God intends us. It is encouraging us to face the issues we have that we don't like to admit to, even to ourselves.
Maybe you are a planner (control freak), you get to look at how there are some things we are supposed to take charge of, and some things that we are not, all from a solid scriptural base. And then there are some practical outflow of how to move in the right direction. The following studies flow out of this first one in the same way, looking at our insecurity, comparison, fear, anger and unforgiveness. I would be surprised if there are any of us who do not need to look at some of these issues, and the way they are gone through is very helpful.
Some highlights in this study are the following: there is a lot of very powerful scripture that deals with these issues; the way the DVD studies are created, it is laid out very clearly for groups and builds in times for prayer, journaling and even doing some of the background work in the group if your group is not able to do the work beforehand; I like that there is a pdf on the dvd that can be printed off for all who are working through this study; the heart that comes through the study that speaks of a genuine desire to see people grow.
Ever been surrounded by a group of women who made you feel very put together? Their lives were in such shambles that you praised God that you weren't like them. Or what about the opposite, a group of ladies who all wore the June Cleaver facade? On the outside looking in, everything was perfect?
Then there are those rare groups that contain real women. No masks or brick walls allowed. With naked emotions everyone comes to the group broken and in need of a Savior.
She's Got Issues: Seriously Good News for Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us is that book/curriculum study that tears down the need to be perfect and goes straight to the heart of the issues all women face - control, insecurity, comparison, fear, anger, and unforgiveness. Who doesn't struggle with these aspects of life on at least some degree? This is a study written by Nicole Unice that forces women to look deep within.
Because I was traveling by myself, I slipped the She's Got Issues DVD Curriculum into the van's player and listened to the six sessions as I drove. I am so thankful for this time because I was able to focus on the many topics that hit home. The approximately 20 minute sessions made me hungry for more even while the topics pulled up characteristic flaws that I try to hide. Because of the length of my trip, I was able to replay a few of the sessions. Practical points to peel back the onion and get to the core of the issues.
After listening to the video, I began reading the book. (A little backwards, I know, but it is what it is.) Unlike many Women's Bible study curriculum, the DVD wasn't just a synopsis of what the book contained. Instead it was an overview and tied the topics up very well.
Each topic is covered by two chapter. The first chapter explains what the issue is with the second chapter covering practical ways to release the issue to God. At the end of each chapter is a prayer, journaling exercise, group discussion questions, and a code to view a video of Nicole discussing the chapter. (These videos are different from the DVD sessions.)
The fourteen chapters contain a lot of information and scripture. In some way, I felt like I was reading a book of the Bible written by Paul - lots of commas and deep thoughts. I found myself having to reread paragraphs to grasp all that the saturated sentences contained. This isn't a bad thing just understand that due to the writing and depth of topics this study isn't going to be a fast read.
What I love about this study is how Nicole helps you figure out the "why" behind our issues. Because, it is when we realize why that we can start to allow the Holy Spirit to move within us. Her book also includes quizzes and assessment tools to help you narrow down the problems.
In the next coming months, I will be blogging points from Nicole's study as I glean through the topics and wrestle with the issues that I face in my own life. Maybe someday soon, I will be able to go through the study with a group of ladies! But for now, I will continue to pour through during my personal quiet time.
Thank you to Tyndale for allowing me to review this book and DVD.
This was a very interesting read and DVD curriculum. Nicole Unice does a great job of pinpointing 6 key areas in the lives of women that we have issues with. The 6 are control, insecurity, comparison, fear, anger, and unforgiveness.Ã¯Â»Â¿ I knew I had issues with comparison, but honestly never have taken the time to figure out how to overcome that particular issue.
In the book, Nicole lays out the issue in the first of two chapters that cover that particular issue. The next chapter then is how to help you overcome that particular issue. I don't struggle with all 6 issues, but I found that I was able to pull something from every chapter to help in my walk with Christ as well as possibly help others who struggle with that issue. At the end of each chapter Nicole gives you the opportunity to journal about what you just read, which I think is a brilliant idea. Journaling helps solidify what you've learned and can actually reveal things you didn't know you struggled with. It doesn't necessarily come easily, but that's why you must pray asking that God will reveal to you what is in your heart that He wants changed.
The DVD curriculum was not exactly what I expected it to be. I've done several DVD Bible studies and was left a little wanting. It may have been because I wasn't doing it in a group setting, but reviewing this by myself. I felt that Nicole repeated herself from her book, which I know repetition is great...but I was wanting her to possibly divulge a little more or go a little bit deeper.
Each lesson was only 15-20 minutes long. It starts off with Nicole interviewing a lady who has struggled with the particular issue that you just read about. At the end of that, there is a little journaling time that I thought would be better in a group setting than in an individual setting. After that Nicole then talks just a little bit about the issue and then it's done. There is a participant's guide on the DVD that you'll need to get in order to do the journaling prompts during the DVD time as well as know what chapters to read for the upcoming lesson.
Overall I think this would be an excellent group study with the DVD. I do feel the book can be read by itself without watching the DVD. I do recommend this to any and all women as we can all relate in one way or another to the issues that are talked about in the book and DVD.
The DVD book and curriculum were sent to me by the publisher for free for my review opinion.
Nicole Unice puts together a great curriculum! She understands the common issues that most (if not all) women face at some point or another -- control, comparisons, anger, and more. It's great because it's just for us normal gals. We're moms, wives, volunteers, bloggers, career women, and we're doing it well ...but we have issues! Nicole really gets into the minds of women and what their experiencing in order to help with these everyday struggles.
I love this curriculum for several reasons -- one being that she has a suggestion of how you can incorporate the "homework" right into the lesson instead of sending the women home to do it. Right now I have homework for a bible class that I haven't touched in days. I love the practical and realistic approach that Nicole takes.
Not only does the book, DVD, and participant handout challenge me to want to get a grasp of my issues but it has inspired me to do a bible study at church. And yes, of course, using this material! As a Lutheran we are often critical of studies and such that are from outside of our denomination because we want to hold close to our doctrine (for good reason!) but given the topic choice, Nicole's approach, and her firm grasp of the bible I'd recommend this to any Christian. It's truly a study that the women can get together, share, and grow spiritually.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.