Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom leads the reader in a detailed study of this book of wisdom literature. Each lessons five days of questions (along with helpful comments and context) guide in a process of careful examination and application of the biblical text. Early lessons explore the background, shape, and theme of the entire book. The bulk of the lessons dig into Proverbs poetic kaleidoscope of wisdom-themes: words, work, neighbors and friends, marriage and family, sex, money, planning for the future. This study leads readers to listen well to Gods inspired word in the book of Proverbs.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen Nielson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois). She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (Minnesota), and Wheaton College. She is the author of numerous Bible studies, and the book Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word, as well as various articles and poems. Kathleen has directed and taught womens Bible studies at several churches and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats. She serves as director of womens initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and on the board of directors of The Charles Simeon Trust. Kathleen and her husband Niel (president of Covenant College 20022012, now leading an enterprise in global Christian education) have three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren!
Kathleen is a gifted communicator. I love to hear her teach and would love to read her books. However, in these studies, with quiet restraint, Kathleen puts her communications skills to use by carefully crafting questions so that it is not her voice you hear. Rather, the student is drawn into Scripture, given the opportunity to study the very words of God, and learns to hear the Savior speak.
Proverbs This study is my favorite starting place for help people learn to delight in the study of Scripture. Not a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps or a go-be-a-good-Christian approach, Kathleen helps us discover how a life transformed by the gospel is motivated to live out the principial wisdom of Proverbs as a grateful response to salvation.
Dr. Kathleen Nielson's study in Proverbs is valuable for the life lessons it reveals. This study stimulates your mind with timely questions that bring you up close and personal with the riches of God's Word. Anyone longing for a deeper understanding of Proverbs will benefit greatly from this study.
We have been using Kathleen's Bible Studies for several years in our Ladies Bible Studies at our church. Kathleen also spoke at our Women's Bible Conference several years ago. I believe we have done all of her studieswe are currently on her latest one on Isaiah. We find them to be challenging, true to scripture, and extremely well organized. The way she organized the Proverbs study was superb! Doing a topical study helped to organize both the book and our thoughts! She gives excellent background material, both historical and true to the culture of the times. She is careful to always point to Jesus Christ as our Savior, whenever it speaks of Him, and her studies are an excellent tool for evangelism. What I treasure most in her studies is her emphasis on God's plan of redemption throughout the agesas seen in both the Old and New Testaments!
As a lay leader who has led women's Bible studies for over 15 years, I have found the studies by Kathleen Nielson to be the best available. The women in our small groups, whether in the church or neighborhood setting, always comment on how comprehensive and meaningful they are for them. When we moved to the Colorado Springs area, I brought Kathleen's studies with me and they have become a favorite among our women. They are unlike any studies available on the market today. Digging into the scripture, with Kathleen's guidance, is a rich experience; the inductive study method; the background, the cross-references, the application pages are all relevant and help to bring the Biblical teachings into practical context for life today. I have observed lives changed as women involved in these studies are excited each week to see what God has for them.
To all these studies of varied books of the Bible, Kathleen Nielson brings her own personal reverence and love for the Scripture, her background as a scholar of literature, her experience as a leader in a variety of local church settings, and her zeal to see others apply God's word to their lives in a thoughtful manner. It's a vigorous and robust combination.
My name is Kay Gabrysch and I am a Bible teacher for women at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. For the past three years, we have been using Kathleen's studies and I wanted to heartily endorse them. When I began to teach in this church, desiring to engage the women in a daily study with questions written from a reformed perspective, I really struggled in finding valuable, thought-provoking material that would cause them to dig deeply and search for the covenantal truths of scripture. I found just what I was looking for in Kathleen's studies. We have completed the Joshua, Nehemiah, Colossians, Ecclesiates, Song of Songs studies and are in the process of completing Isaiah. The women of PCPC have been challenged, instructed, and grown by these studies. The content is never frivolous or irrelevent. It is consistently Christ-centered and has been an instrument in God's hands to turn us away from all the world's attempts to have women focus on 'self'. In particular the Colossians study made us aware of what it really means to be united to Christ, fixing our attention on Christ's enabling of what Christ requires and the true blessings that obedience brings. We need strong, soul-searching, scripture-answering questions in our studies today. In a world where Oprah has convinced millions that she can provide all the answers, we more studies like these that will shout 'thus says the Lord'. We pray for Kathleen to be given many more opportunities to write more.
Kathleen Nielson has given a real gift to students of the Bible everywhere. What began as a series of Bible studies for a church womens group, has now been made available to a wider audience, and we are all the richer for it. Pastors and Christian Educators are always on the lookout for rich, well-researched, reliable, helpful, clear teaching material that will get our people into the word together, helping us to understand its meaning, to see its implications for us in all of life and to pray it back to God. These studies supply us with precisely that. Dr. Nielson is brilliant and gifted, unapologetically and joyfully complementarian, sound and thorough in her theology, lucid in her presentation and learned in her subject matter. Bible teachers looking for ideas and structure for lesson material, excellent study guides and questions, and stimulation for teaching, illustration and application will find much to be thankful for here.
How could you get someone into the book of Proverbs in a short Bible study or a Sunday School semester? Its a big book. Its a variegated book. Its not easy to outline or shape the material for presentation. But it has rich wisdom awaiting the people of God. So how do we get to it? Kathleen Nielson has provided a helpful overview and introductory study in The Ways of Wisdom. Like her other studies in this excellent series, this book ably introduces us to the subject matter of the book, provides well-conceived outlines, study questions and directions, and plenty of material for teaching, illustration and application.
One of the most significant challenges I face in my ministry is to provide high quality Bible study materials that we can trust to be consistent with our doctrinal standard, the Westminster Confession of Faith. Dr. Nielsons Bible studies have served us well in recent years. Our large weekly groups have used her book studies for both Proverbs and Colossians and have found that her well-written and insightful questions led our women to both a better birds eye view while also enhancing their understanding of the themes of these books. The five-day study format fits our needs quite well. In addition, Dr. Nielsons methods allowed our women to develop as students. Studying Proverbs topically helped our women tame the particular challenge of the genre of that book. The study of Colossians led our women to stretch in their own growth about how to study Gods Word as Kathleen facilitated their ability to outline, determine authors purposes, and highlight themes throughout the books studied. She has both taught and challenged them with her materials.
My wife, who has led and taught Bible studies for many years has repeatedly remarked about how difficult it is to find quality materialsbut now 'Kathleen Nielson's studies are at the top of my list because they are so biblical, so beautifully written and so applicable.' Indeed, Dr. Nielson's love for the biblical text and her desire to convey its meaning in its context coupled with her literary acumen and engagement with everyday life have given the church a magnificent resource. Simply the very best!
Dr. Kathleen Nielson uses her great love and understanding of literature to lead us into rich study of Holy Scripture. Her studies highlight the importance of meditation and self-discovery while providing just enough gentle guidance always to steer us to the Good Shepherd as our hope and strength. These studies will open minds to understanding the excellencies of Gods Word and open hearts to the wonders of his salvation.
Kathleen Nielson is a born teacher. In these studies she strikes a wise balance between providing Bible students what they need to know, and wooing them into the study of the biblical text for themselves. Its a strategy that offers a rich spiritual payoff to all who will follow Dr. Nielsons lead. Not only will they gain a deeper understanding of what God has to say to us in the Scriptures; they will also see more clearly what difference He expects this truth to make in our lives.
It is rare to find a Bible study that encourages us to look at the Bible as Gods authoritative Word, to study the people and the cultural context for which it was first written, and then make applications where appropriate to our current lives. Kathleens insights and thought-provoking lessons meet a desperate need in the world of Bible studies today.
Our ladies have used the Colossians and the Proverbs work books and I have found them true to scriptures as well as very instructional in every way. Mrs. Nielson has a unique way of explaining the scriptures while instructing the student in the tools of independent, inductive bible study.
Kathleen Nielson has given us a series of superb guides to in-depth Bible study. Her studies bring together sound insights from the Scriptures and practical wisdom for daily Christian living. An excellent way to hear Gods Word afresh.
Dr. Kathleen Nielson has a special gift for understanding the Bible as literature, which makes her a superb guide for understanding any passage in the Old or New Testament. She is also a big-picture thinkinger who sees how each part of the Bible fits into the whole story of salvation. Her practical, Christ-centered Bible study guides will help you dig deeper into the Scriptures and go deeper in the knowledge of God.
Kathleen Nielson's Bible studies provide a veritable feast for those who hunger and thirst for God's Word. With rich insight and wisdom, she invites her students 'to grapple with the text' as she provides helpful contexts and comments interspersed throughout stimulating study questions. Kathleen's studies are good food for the soulchallenging, convicting, and very, very encouraging. I highly recommend them.
Our ladies look forward to Kathleens Bible studies. She asks great questions that invite us to pause and think about literary form, meaning in words and phrases, and the big picture in the overall text. She does this in an inductive format that is engaging and challenging. Colossians is no exception to her excellent series of studies.