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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. ReviewsByErin
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Seeing Jesus
    August 31, 2019
    ReviewsByErin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Jesus Who Surprises is a look at all the ways our Savior shows up throughout the Old Testament. He's there from Genesis all the way through Malachi, sometimes more clear than others. Each chapter of this book ends with week-long Bible study activities for either individual or group use, and desires to promote the habit of seeing Jesus at work in our everyday lives as well as in the words of Scripture.

    I appreciated the healthy dose of personal testimonies scattered throughout the chapters. It can be so faith-building to hear of God's working in the lives of others and know He desires to work on our behalf in similar mighty ways. We can never know how God will come through for us, but He has gone to great lengths to rescue us and have a relationship with usHe delights in walking with us through the ups and downs of life.

    Some things from Scripture came to life in new ways for me in this book, and I got a lot from Dee's life story as well. I would recommend this for those looking for a Bible study or needing a reminder of how God is always at work even when we cannot see Him.

    I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
  5. E_Espinoza
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Honest, insightful, and engaging
    July 29, 2019
    E_Espinoza
    The Jesus Who Surprises, by Dee Brestin, is a well-written and thought-provoking Bible study that is perfectly designed to be used by groups or individuals. With short, engaging chapters, corresponding videos that can be watched online for free, and daily homework questions that help the reader explore Scripture more deeply, this Bible study is user friendly, Biblically sound, and faith-filled.

    With genuine humility, honesty, and authenticity, Ms. Brestin shares relevant stories from her own experiences in which Jesus surprised her with his great love, mercy, and care. In addition to the encouraging real-life stories, Ms. Brestin also leads the reader through a study of well-chosen scripture passages that highlight the presence, compassion, forgiveness, salvation, and hope that is revealed in Jesus throughout the entirety of the Bible.

    I found this Bible study to be refreshingly compelling and soul-stirring. Truly informative and inspiring, The Jesus Who Surprises is a Bible study I sincerely recommend to everyone.

    *I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

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