I was blessed recently by Brenda Ruse (see: Reading With Discernment) to review a couple Bible study books she had gotten. She was also kind enough to send along a “cheat sheet” of sorts that she uses and it helped me tremendously when considering each book and writing my review of it. It’s nothing special but was a simple way for me to organize my thoughts. I’m excited to be able to use it from now on. I can’t wait to share all the new resources for the Devotional Bible Study link that are coming my way.
My goal this year has been to try and put together a good list of resources for Christian women of devotional and study books that we can use. Many authors today are just not on the same page with conservative Christians and it’s hard to find something that you can promote 100%. But they are out there and I am so thankful for all the ladies who have helped me create the list already there and are continuing to send me good material. This book is one of those good ones.
A Life Exalted
What I Learned/Liked about the Book:
This book is a Bible study. There is no going around that. It is what makes this book such a good one. It’s not so much about learning a principle or a lesson, as many study books are, but it’s about knowing your Bible better – being able to point to passages and know what they say regarding Christ’s surrender and exaltation.
The questions that the author poses in the book are based directly on Scripture passages (except for the application questions) and are easy to answer. They aren’t obscure answers that you have to really think about in order to answer (and then wonder continuously if you answered it right or not). I really liked that about this book because you know that a new Christian, or someone who isn’t strong academically could do this study and understand it. There would be no confusion and no struggles while reading it.
In reality, this study is not so much about what the author is writing – there aren’t a lot of “words” to the book. The study is more about teaching you to use Scripture to learn. It’s very different from what other study books do. Many other books are based on opinions and not on Scripture. In this study, the author starts you thinking with a few short paragraphs and then has you go through Scripture to see what the Bible says about the principle she wants you to learn.
One of my favorite parts of the book was the name study she has towards the end. The author shows how to take a name for God and follow it through the Bible to see how it is used and the context for it. She gives a short example and then leaves it as something that you can continue on after the book is finished. It’s a great option for continuing Bible study once your “Bible study book” is done.
What I Did Not Like:
There was one instance in the book where the author quotes Beth Moore, which I don’t particularly like. I’m sure most people would not even have known it was a quote from her because the author cited all her sources for quotes at the end of the book and just put a number at the end of the quote to allow for readers to check into it if they chose to. If it weren’t for the fact that I was checking the source for a different quote, I myself would not have known that she quoted Beth Moore. The quote itself was a good quote but it just kind of bugged me when I saw her name. I know I am probably going to get shot for saying that, hah, but I’m just being honest.
I thought this book would make an excellent study (and there is another that comes before it by the same author that I assume would be along the same lines) for women’s groups as I really think all women, no matter their level of Christian growth, would be able to do this study and learn from it. It wasn’t so simple that I was bored. I actually found myself liking the simplicity of it and learning from it because of that. It’s also one that can be done by itself. It doesn’t need a discussion time in order to understand all aspects of it. It would work well in both settings.
Check out more great resources at the Devotionals for Women link above or go directly to:
Bible Study Books
Spiritual Growth Books