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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.5 X 7 X 0.7 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414737
ISBN-13: 9780802414731

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Publisher's Description

What can God do with fifty days?

In only fifty days Peter was radically transformed. He went from being a man in the shadows denying even knowing Jesus, to a man boldly proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus in the middle of the temple courts. How did the change occur? And more importantly, can such a change occur within us—today, in the here and now?

For fifty days, I invite you to dwell in the first twelve chapters of Acts. Here we meet Peter face-to-face and encounter the source of his power. We become challenged to grab hold of that power ourselves, believing that God wants to do something in and through us that is unexplainable apart from Him. Let’s give God fifty days and see what He might do.

The purpose of this study isn’t simply to reiterate a message. (You can find many studies on Acts.) Our purpose is to reignite a movement of the power of the Holy Spirit in each of us individually and in our churches collectively. Are you ready?

— Erica Wiggenhorn

Participants will enjoy:

  • A verse-by-verse study spread over ten weeks (5 lessons/week)
  • Many biblical, theological, and historical insights
  • Text-based discussion questions that truly provoke thought

Author Bio

ERICA WIGGENHORN is the founder of EveryLifeMinistries, bringing the truths of Scripture to transform lives. She teaches in various local and national venues and serves on the women's ministry leadership team for her church. She's also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God's Word through Bible teaching, conferences, seminars and retreats. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan. For more information about Erica, her Bible studies, and writing/speaking ministry, visit www.EricaWiggenhorn.com.

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  1. Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very thorough and in-depth - not for beginners
    September 4, 2016
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    An Unexplainable Life: Recovering The Wonder And Devotion Of The Early Church by Erica Wiggenhorn is a 10-week Bible study of Acts 1-12, which breaks these twelve chapters down verse-by-verse and reflects upon them over the length of 50 days (5 days per week). In the introductory material, Erica states, "In only fifty days Peter went from a timid man, full of fear and hiding in the shadows, to a courageous follower of Jesus... What do you suppose God could do in and through each of us in fifty days if we spent time with Jesus in this study of His Word?" This is not just another basic study of the book of Acts. Instead, this is guidebook for understanding the level of devotion and wonder that Peter and other members of the early church had, and bringing that forward into your personal life with God so that you may reach your full potential in His eyes.

    I love the formatting utilized by this book; the questions for you to focus on are separated and in blue print, and there are blue "picture frames" for you to draw or write your impressions of the personal truths being discovered. I do not love the fact that most of the Bible verses you are expected to read are not included in the print. One particularlesson covers Acts 1:9, Daniel 7:13-14, Acts, 1:10-11, John 16:7, and Acts 1:14 (in that order), which requires a lot of flipping around in your personal Bible. While I understand the issue of conserving space and wanting to encourage people to work in and with their own Bible, it would have been nice to have a few more of the one-verse quotes included in the text. Also, with various translations having differences in wording, it would have beenan aidin seeing the author's reference to each specificScripture passagea little more clearly.

    While referring to the closing exercise of Week 1, Day 1, Erica states, "You may be a brand-new Christian, so this next exercise may be a little difficult for you to complete."Here's the thing: I would not recommend this to a new Christian. While it is very thorough and digs very VERY deep, this also makes it understandablycomplicated. I frequently found myself having to re-read the same Scripture passages two or three times in order to fully connect the passage with the study. This is also not something I would recommend for you to take on as a quick relaxing study in between dealing with the kids. It's made to take all of your focus and make you really think about what you've read and how you can integrate that into your life. It's not the light fluffy Bible study that so many companies seem to be mass-producing. Overall, I'm giving this 4/5 stars.

    Honestly, it's a bit complicated for me right now. I read through it, but am not at the point in my life where I can sit and fully focus on every one of the exercises to gain the full benefit of this study's impact. That being said, I plan on putting it on a shelf and returning to it in a year or so when my life is more stable and I can truly appreciate the changes that this study dictates.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review.*
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great verse by verse study of Acts
    August 31, 2016
    Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.. ~Luke 24:45

    An Unexplainable Life, by Erica Wiggenhorn, is a verse-by-verse study of the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts. The workbook is divided into 10 weeks, and devotes approximately half a dozen pages of homework to each day.

    Im excited to continue this 50-day study, and to see how much this book will impact my thinking and gain a fresh understanding of Acts.

    I love the interactive design, the insightful questions presented, and the space to write in my responses.

    Acts is the story of Christs mission becoming reality in the lives of his followers. To study it is an invitation for it to become your reality and mine. ~Erica Wiggenhorn



    4 Stars

    Cover: Okay

    Title: Like

    Publisher: Moody Publishers

    Pages: 288

    I received a Review Copy from MPNews.
  3. Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Bible Study
    August 2, 2016
    Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My impression of the study is that it is fairly in depth. It only covers the first 12 chapters of Acts, which is about 28 chapters long. Yet the study is 10 weeks long. There is quite a bit of author commentary in this bible study, including short stories from the author's life and background pieces relating to the reading. Each day's worth of the study is about 4 pages long.

    I haven't had the chance to finish the entire study. I won't be done until about mid-October however I did want to comply with getting the review of the study done.

    From what I have done, I believe this study has the ability to spark a move of the Holy Spirit. However I think that depends on the engagement of the person doing the study and prayer prior to sitting down with the study each week.

    I personally notice that I feel that spark of the Holy Spirit when I spend time just praising Him for who He is and pray asking the Holy Spirit to show up in my study time. I also think that bible study is a necessary in life, it helps us to understand who God is and learn His character.

    (FYI I did get this study from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truely an Amazing Bible Study
    July 29, 2016
    joanna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From the Back Cover

    Can you explain your life apart from God?

    Most of us live a shadow of the life were called to. Perhaps more than any other book in the Bible, Acts shows us what life can be when lived in the power of God.

    An Unexplainable Life is an in-depth study meant to reignite a movement of the Holy Spirit in us individually and in our churches collectively.

    Verse-by-verse study of Acts 112, spread over ten weeks (5 lessons/week)

    Full of biblical, theological, and historical insights

    Text-based discussion questions that truly provoke thought

    Ericas love for God, His Word, and His church shines on every page. She masterfully guides us deep into the text, challenging us with Scripture as she shares how it is challenging her.

    Engage honestly with this study, and you will be changed. Go through it with a small group, and you will come away as a powerful force. Complete it as a church, and who knows what the Lord will do?

    "Acts is the story of Christs mission becoming reality in the lives of His followers. To study it is an invitation for it to become your reality and mine." Erica Wiggenhorn



    About the Author

    ERICA WIGGENHORN is the founder of EveryLifeMinistries, bringing the truths of Scripture to transform lives. She teaches in various local and national venues and serves on the women's ministry leadership team for her church. She's also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God's Word through Bible teaching, conferences, seminars and retreats. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan. For more information about Erica, her Bible studies, and writing/speaking ministry, visit www.EricaWiggenhorn.com.

    My Review

    NOTE: I reviewed the paperback version.

    When I received this book, my first word was "WOW". This is a Bible study that takes the reader verse by verse through Acts 1-12. This is an intense study that is perfect for those who truly want to know the word of God better. I like how all the questions and activities are in blue ink while all the commentary from the author is in black ink. The number of questions impressed me. The study is also full of cross references that pertain to the study. The introduction explains about a group leaders guide and some extra material available on the authors website. The book is organized beautifully. I love the touch of watercolor that ties into the blue colored questions. The paper is a nice thickness to be able to journal and write as you go through the study. This book is really a work of art. I wish I could find more Bible studies like this one.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-program 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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