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While this yearlong study is designed for individual devotional use, it would work particularly well for small group discussion led by a mentor.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2015
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LeAnne4 Stars Out Of 5Good Devotional for TeensNovember 13, 2015LeAnneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4My freshman in high school is going through Get Your Story Straight. Overall, she enjoys it, but she has said that sometimes the questions are 'hard'. While she is going through this book alone, I think she would benefit from having a friend or her small group reading it, too. I do not recommend this book to preteens or teens not yet in high school, just based on my personal thoughts about some of the relevant topics. But, those subjects (often found in "The Word Applied" section) are good for high school teens to stop and think about and then connect it back to the Bible lesson for the week. And Day Three("Straight to my Heart') is great for teens to stop, reread the passage, and then answer questions. I really do appreciate how the 52 week study is separated into five days of lessons to do weekly. The layout gets the teen into a good rhythm of reading the Word, applying the Word to her life, answering questions that have her look at how it affects her heart, going back and reading the Word again, and ending on Day 5 with Journaling and Prayer. The focus on our teen's story intertwining with Christ's story is definitely what I desire for her to truly grasp, and Get Your Story Straight is a good start & resource as she grows her own faith.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.*
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5get ready to change your focusNovember 1, 2015Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Bible study is excellent and perfect for teens, but also one that adults would enjoy and learn from. I love the layout of this as it is divided by weeks and days, meaning that day 1 begins with a Bible passage which is the basis for the week's study. I love how this really allows the reader to really delve into the passage and ponder on it for days instead of just reading it, and spending a few moments and moving on to something else the next day. This is really an in depth study that puts you right into the passage as you are asked to identify the conflict, the characters, the speaker, the main idea, everything that makes the passage come together. I am excited to really take my time going through this and sharing it with others.
Author: Kristen Hatton
Located in: Edmond, OK
Submitted: September 29, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the wife of a pastor and mother to three teenagers. Needless to say, life can be chaotic! Writing helps me process and I have found my passion in helping others to be set free by the gospel. I also love to exercise, cook and travel.
What was your motivation behind this project? After starting a girls Bible study six years ago, I quickly ran into a problem. I could not find good curriculum for future studies to do with my group. The majority of what I came across was topical, focused more on morality and good behavior than on the worth and work of Jesus. This only furthered my concern that too many Christians believe the gospel saves but do not see how it applies to all of life in very specific ways. Therefore, out of need I began to write my own lessons and finally decided perhaps I was being called to write the book I wished was already available!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? 1. To see more of our need for a Savior and more of who Jesus is for us through the unfolding, progressive story of the Bible. 2. To gain a better understanding of theological terms often neglected in Christian teaching today in order to relish in the beauty of what it means to be justified, the truth about our sanctification, the freedom of grace (even and especially when we still sin) and the reality of living out the gospel with one another. 3. To see how the gospel applies to all of life.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Since this book and my next have been born out of what I've observed as a mother and Bible study leader to teens, I have written exactly what I want to see transform those I know and love personally.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My husband is a huge influence and his sermons are the foundation for most of my writing! Authors I love include Tim Keller, Paul Tripp, Steve Brown and Barbara Duguid. And I really enjoy Kathleen Nielson's women's Bible studies.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Get Your Story Straight is for teen girls and guys, but just as applicable for adults. Though the story applications are written with high schoolers in mind, our adult hearts are no different. Therefore I believe any adult would benefit and grow from this devotional. Also my next project - currently in the works - is a book to help teen girls know their true and secure identity in Christ. I am super excited about this one, too, though I do not yet have a release date to share.