Monday, September 27, 2010

Becoming a Woman of Faith by Cynthia Heald

Becoming a Woman of Faith, is the newest volume in Cynthia Heald's series of bible studies from Navpress publishers. To make the most of this book, "all you need is a bible, writing tool and an expectant heart", according to the book.  Appropriate for individual or group study, this volume is marketed to be an 11 week bible study course- in which one chapter is covered each week until completeion. Each of the 11 chapters covers one aspect or theme concerning the issue of strengthening one's faith.  For individual study taking 11 weeks to complete this book may be  too long; one chapter each day would be a sufficent amount of  time to dedicate and to digest the material of each chapter topic. It is not intended that this book be read cover to cover in its entirety in one sitting.  It is important that the reader interact/ react to the passages, and questions in order to get the most out of this study. There is room to write down one's thoughts - albeit, not enough room.  Perhaps having a journal with extra space would be more appropriate to dedicate enough room to write down thoughtful responses and personal reflections.
Faith is often criticised by skeptics who lack faith.  This book offers a concrete definition of faith, solidifying the reality of faith from the realm of fantasy to objectivity.  This book assumes the reader already has some degree of faith, and that she has already placed her faith in God.  This study guides the reader to her own understanding by providing applicable biblical verses and thoughts for which the reader can reflect upon.  As a blogger for Navpress publishers I recieved a free copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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