Friday, October 22, 2010

Becoming a Woman of Simplicity, 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. As with the other studies in this series each of the 11 chapters covers one aspect or theme concerning the issue of strengthening one's biblical sense of simplicity. 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.

 This study guides the reader to her own understanding by providing applicable biblical verses and thoughts for which the reader can reflect upon. The author's own commentary and thoughts are included under the "thoughts from an older woman" passage in each chapter. There is also a "reflection" section as well. Selected quotes from notable Christian writers are included throughout the text of this bible study as well.  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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