It was nice to have a Bible study book that highlighted scriptures about encouragement. I believe that more emphasis on encouragment from the heart is needed today. It is a gift to give away at will. The application-based stories were very good too.
Our small women's group just started using this book. It is so wonderful we have spent two weeks on the first chapter. The questions have sparked lots of good discussion and the women are already putting into practice what they are learning to encourage one another. God is revealing additional truths to us as individuals through our private study time which we share when we come together. I gave the women a baseball as recommended at the end of chapter one. I thought it might be corny but it was a huge hit and they loved it. We look forward to continuing to study and grow together with the aid of Encouraging One Another.
My friends and I selected this book for our group Bible study. While I think it is a great topic, the book does not go very deep. Each chapter just seems to repeat "we should encourage one another." My group decided to stop using this book halfway through because we weren't getting anything out of it.
We are using this book in a ladies Sunday School class and have only done three chapters so far. As a teacher I find the material to be well laid out and easy to use in class time. I think the study is helpful and the ladies seem to be enjoying it. It is good for a summer study with people coming in and out and not requiring very extensive advance preparation. I think it is a bit on the light side and usually feel that it needs just a bit more "meat" to feel like we've really studied and learned together. Usually it is not difficult to expand a little on the ideas in each chapter. In summary, I think it is a pretty good study, requiring minimal advance prep. and lending itself to more in depth discussions.