AUTHOR: Sue Edwards
PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2015, (80 pages).
- It offers in-depth study at a "minimum time commitment"
- There is a "digging deeper" section that challenges readers and students on where and what to probe.
- It can be used together with web resources provided to supplement the study.
- It is packed with contextual information on the sidebars
- There are 8 lessons in all, not too long, not too short.
Each week, readers follow a familiar framework. First, there is a brief introduction to the study, something that groups with or without leaders can easily benefit. When group members read something together, they can best appreciate the contexts together. Second, there is the important task of reading the passage of study.This is followed by questions to guide the discussion. Here, I would suggest the group decide together as a group which questions to focus or study in depth, given the limited time. Well and clean, the Bible study booklet contains generous space for personal notes to be written directly into the book. The sidebars contain interesting notes, quotes, challenge prompts, and occasional commentary by Edwards herself.
The Discover Together series of Bible studies have been put together by Sue Edwards as an "Inductive Bible Study" resource to promote in-depth Bible study. Edwards is Associate Professor of educational ministries and leadership at Dallas Theological Studies and has thirty years of experience in the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer, and overseer of several women's ministries. This resource is written primarily for women's studies but I think the study is useful enough to be used by both genders. The subtitle "Discovering Joy through Relationship" should entice groups to seriously consider studying Philippians.
This is a great resource and I warmly recommend it for all groups!
Rating: 4.75 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me courtesy of Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.