A "how-to" study for finding joy in authentic relationships and community
Women long for healthy, deep relationships with those around them. Knowing what those look like can be tricky, however. Where do we go to seek them? How can we approach them? How can we maintain those relationships, despite our own weaknesses?
Sue Edwards is happy to lead the way through Scripture to discover and maintain beloved, organic friendships. Paul's letter to early Christians is an ideal place to find these answers. This short letter highlights the skills that strengthen authentic connections--skills like trust, humility, healthy self-sacrifice, a generous spirit, and more. It also sheds light on how to overcome toxic connection-killers like envy, comparison, and critical attitudes.
Philipians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship works its way through Paul's words as a model for deep, authentic community and healthy relationships between believers. When readers reach the end, they'll have a thorough sense of the content of this ancient letter, and of its relevance for today. Although Paul was under house arrest, he was able to draw joy from his relationships, and we can do the same, no matter our circumstances. Edwards strives to ensure that this Bible study will do more than transfer intellectual information; it will also transform hearts and inspire practice and application.
My take on this book:
I always start a new Bible reading plan on Jan. 1 and this year I decided instead to do Bible studies so I decided to use this book to study the book of Philippians. First of all I really like the size of this book, its easy to keep with my Bible and since it's not very thick its easy to fold back the pages. There are eight lessons and the format for each one provides recommended scripture reading along with an optional verse to memorize. I love that there are plenty of questions that have me thinking about what I have read, but it is really the digging deeper sections that are peppered through out the margins that really allowed me to go deeper into my study. There are also short video clips where the author shares her personal insights, these videos are easily accessible. This study would be great for groups or individuals, I am doing it alone and really enjoy taking my time, I usually spend about seven days on each lesson. Overall a great Bible study that is informative, insightful as well as enjoyable to do. I have used a few of the Discover Together Bible studies by Sue Edwards and always enjoy them, and feel like I grow spiritually as I do the lessons.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.