This Participant Book is an all-inclusive guide providing summaries of Melody Carlson'sThe Inn at Shining Waters trilogy. It is not necessary to read the novels to participate in the study as character sketches and excerpts are included in the book. The book is divided into three sections, one for each of the novels. Each week begins with a Scripture for the week and an excerpt from the related novel, setting the stage for the five readings that follow. Each day's reading may be completed in 20-25 minutes.
In this first study in the new Faith and Fiction Bible study series, popular Christian fiction author Melody Carlson draws upon her novels in the Inn at Shining Waters trilogy to invite women on an exciting journey toward healing. Using the stories, themes, and characters of the novels as a backdrop, much in the way that Jesus used parables, this 8-week study explores the need for forgiveness and mercy in our lives and the role that second chances and new beginnings play in healing our spirits and our relationships. Although reading the novels is not required to participate in the study, women may choose to read the novels in tandem with the study to enrich the overall experience. Through study of Psalm 103 and other Scriptures, women will:
-Gain new understanding and appreciation for God as the Lord who heals
-Recognize that God makes the journey with them, inviting them to experience divine love and mercy every step of the way.
-Walk the roads of forgiveness and grace, learning how to embrace these gifts for themselves and their relationships.
-Learn how to restore broken relationships and live in life-giving community.
-Celebrate the God who loves second chances and who is devoted to transforming and blessing us with surprises and new beginnings.
This all-inclusive guide includes five guided Bible studies per week, novel summaries and excerpts, and character sketches. Each days reading includes reflection questions with space for recording responses, a short prayer, and an "As You Go" idea or suggestion.
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.