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  1. LeslieS
    Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Looking for your next Bible study?
    July 23, 2019
    LeslieS
    Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In her newest release, The Jesus Who Surprises, Dee Brestin provides a marvelous resource for group or individual Bible study. This 13 week study looks at Jesus through Old Testament passages specifically from the Books of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophets. By having the focus squarely on Jesus but the passages and teaching coming from the Old Testament, those who use this study will find that they pick up on truths that they may have previously overlooked. Although Brestin focuses the studies on Old Testament passages, she does not limit the studies but draws from passages throughout the Bible.

    Each study is set up to be used over 5 days. Day 1 is to read the Brestin's essay which sets up the study. These essays are delightful to read as Brestin shares stories from her experiences and of those she knows. Days 2-5 each have a passages to read and questions to answer along with prayer prompts. Each day's study could be completed in about 15 minutes. Each week's study also has an accompanying video which may be freely accessed via her website (deebrestin.com) or purchased on DVD. The study is designed to be completed in a group setting where it can be discussed but could also be used by individuals. I am very excited about the free videos as it allows the study to be accessible to more people.

    If you haven't picked out your curriculum for your fall study or if you are looking ahead to spring, The Jesus Who Surprises would be an excellent choice for your women's study or a small group. While Brestin writes for a largely female audience, the study could also be beneficial for a mixed group as well. This study is excellent for both new believers who may not be as familiar with the Old Testament and for individuals who have been part of the church for a while.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The Jesus Who Surprises via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Joanne Viola
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Bible Study!
    July 23, 2019
    Joanne Viola
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We expect to find Jesus on and through the pages of the New Testament, especially in the four Gospels where Jesus birth, life and death have been recorded.

    In her book, The Jesus Who Surprises, author Dee Brestin challenges us to also discover Jesus in the Old Testament and in our everyday experiences.

    "We must ask Jesus to remove the veil from our eyes so we can see Him in every corner of Scripture and life."

    Two disciples were on the road to Emmaus when "a stranger" came up alongside them and began conversing. Although this stranger explains Scriptures to them concerning himself, they did not yet recognize the stranger was Jesus Himself. Only later that evening, as they broke bread together, did their eyes become opened and they recognized Him.

    With recognition came understanding:

    "Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures." (Luke 24:45, NLT)

    This is the premise of "The Jesus Who Surprises". It is imperative to see the Bible in its entirety as a story. There are themes which thread throughout the Old and New Testament and point to Jesus and salvation.

    The book, a Bible study, is broken into three parts:

    How the Story Began. This section takes the reader through the books of Moses.

    How to Live in the Story. The Psalms shows us how to live with authenticity.

    How the Story Will End. Here we look at the message which the prophet Isaiah brings to us the hope of heaven.

    Each chapter includes Bible study questions to be answered and discussed. There are videos which can be accessed on the author's website for added teaching. Facilitator resources are also included at the close of the book to assist leaders of small groups.

    The book reads easily and there is encouragement and truth in each section. The author closes with these words of hope:

    "My hope is that seeing this same story from Genesis to Revelation will give you great confidence in the reliability of Scriptures and the truths they hold. For the Jesus that surprised the two on the road to Emmaus, and surprises us in our everyday lives, is not at all finished surprising us."

    *An ARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah. My review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
  3. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Growing
    July 23, 2019
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    I am enjoying reading this book, and love filling out the study each day as I ponder each of selected readings.

    At end of each study I surprised myself as I recalled several ways I saw God today, then think I don't know why I'm surprised, He is everywhere!

    Now I did this study alone, but it is set up for use with a group, and I just skipped over that part. Each chapter begins with words from the author, and each study is divided into five days, beginning with the get acquainted group study, which you can skip.

    I will be continuing on and growing using this book! Thank you Dee Brestin.

    I received this book through the Publisher Waterbrook, and was not required to give a positive review.
  4. revcrutchfield
    Katy,Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Book Worth Savoring
    July 21, 2019
    revcrutchfield
    Katy,Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    Like a talented chef creating a stew, Author Dee Brestin has melded together scripture, real world experience as a mother, bible teacher, widow and prison minister, and the work of other Christian leaders into a book worth savoring. The Jesus Who Surprises has two main themes, 1) Finding Jesus in surprising places in scripture, such as the books of Isiah, Psalms, and Song of Solomon. 2) Finding Jesus in surprising times and places in our lives, such as when Brestin lost her husband, and father of her children in his fifties.

    Brestin does three things well in this book,

    First she provides a strong, deeply researched case that Jesus can indeed be found in action throughout scripture, even in the Old Testament. She then illustrates how Jesus can be found in surprising places in our lives, particularly those where we need him most. She then explains how these two realities intersect.

    Second she makes good use of real world examples to make this a book of action. Drawing on her own experiences, as well as those she has encountered as a bible teacher, and prison minister, She shows how the surprising places Jesus can be found can give us stronger and happier lives. Brestin spends a significant amount of time and effort on how this impacts our prayer life. She teaches us how to "Pray through the Psalms, and to use that to allow Christ to navigate us through the struggles life invariably brings our way.

    Third she has created a book, born to be taught from ! There are discussion questions at the end of the chapter. Facilitator notes for every chapter can be found at the end of the book. She has even provided videos for each chapter on her website ! This is in every way a book, not a "bible study," but an empowering course or small group study could easily be created from it as Brestin has already done much of the hard work.

    This is not a book to be read in one sitting. You will want to spend time with this book, to be immersed in it. Like the chef we talked about earlier Brestin has created a masterpiece.

  5. Sue
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Bible Study
    July 20, 2019
    Sue
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Jesus Who Surprises is an excellent Bible study by Dee Brestin. This book takes an in-depth look at old testament scripture {specifically Genesis, Psalms, and Isaiah} and how it is relevant to the gospel of Jesus. This book is designed for a group to participate in together, however it can be done by an individual. Readers would first start by reading a chapter, answering five days worth of Bible study questions, and then coming together as a group to share their responses to the questions. There is an optional "kick off chapter", then there are 13 chapters to the Bible study.

    I did enjoy The Jesus Who Surprises by Dee Brestin. I did not do the Bible study as intended, but found that reading the chapters and her insight and wisdom were invaluable. I appreciated all that she had to share and as she weaved the Old Testament through the gospel of Jesus. This Bible study book will open eyes to Jesus and His gospel through all of scripture. I would recommend The Jesus Who Surprises by Dee Brestin as a personal Bible study or a group Bible study.

    I was given a free copy of The Jesus Who Surprises by Dee Brestin by the publisher for my honest review. I am happy to give a positive review for this study.
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