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  1. Jane
    Elmhurst, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
    July 29, 2019
    Jane
    Elmhurst, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The premise of this book begins with the account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus being surprised when they discover later they were in the presence of Jesus all along the road. Dee Brestin takes the reader on a journey through the books of the Old Testament featuring the books of Moses, the Psalms and the Prophets. Along the way, the reader will discover the story of Jesus in the midst of all of those accounts and the way Jesus continues to work and surprise us in our individual lives each day.

    At the end of each chapter there is a Bible study with questions to do on your own each day. There is also a place each day when you can record when you spied God at work. There are resources for facilitators at the end of the book which allows the study to be done in a group setting. Companion teaching videos are also available online.

    This 13 week study would be ideal for women who want to go deeper in their faith and grow in their relationship with the Lord and with others. I would highly recommend this.

    I received this book from Multnomah Publishers in exchange for this honest review.

  2. Nfam
    Morriston, Florida
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus in the Old Testament
    July 29, 2019
    Nfam
    Morriston, Florida
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Although people think of Jesus in the New Testament, he is also found in the books of Isiah, Psalms and the Song of Solomon. He can also be found in our lives in some surprising ways. The book uses both of these sources to craft a readable Bible study.

    The book is divided into three sections: The Books of Moses, The Psalms, and the Prophets. Each section has several chapters. Each chapter is divided into a discussion by the author which includes insights from the Bible as well as personal stories from her life and others. After the discussion the author provides five days of Bible study and questions. These can be used either as individual study, or in a group setting. In addition there a notes for a facilitator, if used in a group setting, and videos that can be accessed on her website.

    The book is aimed primarily at women, but the author doesn't discount that some men may use the book. Indeed some of her stories are about men finding Jesus. I found that book very readable. The questions and Bible study take up a major portion of the text, but it's well worth the effort to use them for a deeper look into the ideas the author is exploring.

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.

  3. Lorissa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding Jesus in unexpected places!
    July 29, 2019
    Lorissa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Jesus Who surprises", by Dee Brestin, was an adventure to read. The book brought me to new knowledge and understanding of God's great love for me from before time, to today!

    Throughout the book, Dee gave me countless ways to spy God's presence and challenged me to look for Him in my daily walk.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the deeper study at the end of each chapter with resources to access online. The thought provoking questions could be answered independently, or within a study group.

    It's amazing what you begin to see when you are guided in directing your focus!

    This book is a must read for any christian seeking to discover more of Jesus throughout His word and throughout their everyday life!
  4. Nila
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Authentic encouragement
    July 25, 2019
    Nila
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Life-giving and heartening. Dee writes with transparency and vulnerability. She offers real encouragement to hunt for God and identify Him in the mundane of life, in the everyday moments, in the grief, in the disorientation we experience. She helps us understand how to find beauty in the ashes of our lives. This book serves as a re-set to our untamed thoughts and encourages us to speak to our soul more than we listen to our soul. Scripture is faithfully woven throughout this study. The daily study questions are engaging and wonderful encouragement to delve into scripture and find this very Jesus who surprises.

    As the subtitle indicates, this book truly "opens our eyes to His presence in ALL of life and scripture."

    I have studied with Dee online in her interactive weekly bible study for the past five years and in that time I have grown to respect and value her depth of insight and beautiful ability to apply the gospel to our lives. Dee has such a heart for people. This book will not disappoint.

    I was given a free copy of The Jesus Who Surprises by Dee Brestin by the publisher for my honest review. I recommend Dee's newest book without hesitation.
  5. Sarah P
    Dubuque, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Study for those who know Christ and are biblically literate
    July 25, 2019
    Sarah P
    Dubuque, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book's premise is built on the passage in Luke where Jesus joined the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and they didn't recognize Him. I decided to review this book and bible study because this passage is dear to my heart, and I wanted to see how a book and Bible study was created from it. I only remember reading one other book from Dee Brestin, this was her first well known book The Friendship of Women and I read it in high school. So I don't remember much about it. But I know that she has become a well known author and has several books and bible studies.

    Things I like about this book:

    Free videos to go with it, done by Dee Brestin with teaching she shares, as well as hearing from some of the 21 women who she piloted the study with before the book was published.

    How the videos are done. Dee Brestin's teaching style includes passion, joy, and she is pleasant to learn from. They are between 10-14 minutes long.

    It's a study that you can do alone, with a small group, or a large group.

    It's all in one book. You don't have to buy a separate study book. It even includes facilitator tips and notes.

    The book could be read as a stand alone, and the book embraces the perspective of how to see God in your days. She calls it a weekly God Hunt, and layers in different ways to be alert to God.

    Bible Study goes through Jesus (often unknown) appearances in Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, representing that Jesus is across the whole Bible.

    You could easily do the study whether you had time to read the pages in between or not. It's a five day plan, and it's achievable in a few minutes, but it's rich with questions that will help you think at a higher level about the scripture you are reading.

    Quotes, references, and examples from many, many well known authors and theologians intertwined.

    The book and study if taken to heart, require introspection and thinking more deeply about your mindset, actions, and beliefs to know the Lord intimately. But the author leads you to this, and it builds from lesson to lesson well.

    Things that gave me pause or to consider:

    this book seems written for those who have biblical literacy and know the Lord as Savior.

    Dee Brestin uses sophisticated language and vocabulary, so not every woman may grasp what she's sharing. (I'm a regular reader with an extensive vocabulary and paused at a few words new to me.)

    the notes about the study completion might make some ladies uncomfortable (if they read them). Notes about "the richest groups are when people have done their homework." I know in our studies, we know this is best, but we know it doesn't always happen, and encourage women to come even unprepared, as they can still learn from the discussion.

    Thankful to partner with Waterbrook Multnomah and be able to read an advance copy of this book
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