Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Review - Ephesians, The Discover Together Series


Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season

This insightful Bible study uses the example of Paul's church in Ephesus to show readers how they can be victorious Christians, living in God's Word, and free from sin. Part of the discovery series, the Ephesians edition includes tips for either individual or group use, inspirational sidebars and short, 3-5 minute teaching videos. Scan the video QR code in the book with a smart phone or visit the series website to watch Sue provide historical and cultural background, teach important truths found in each week's lesson, or ask thoughtful questions to encourage deeper discussion.


Sue Edwards (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women's ministries. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country. She is the coauthor of Women's Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women, and the author of the new Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.

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I really like this Ephesians study. My first impression of this study is how really pretty they are. The pages have beautiful flowers and birds printed on the pages and the colors are just very pleasing. I like that the books are geared toward women visually.

I like a Bible study that allows me to get deeper into God's Word and really pull out everything that the Lord is teaching. This study does that. This is not one of those "fill in the blank studies" but a study that goes in-depth into the book of Ephesians. I really liked that I had to dig deep to answer the questions and yet they weren't so difficult as to be off-putting.

For those of us that like to learn even more, the author actually has "Digging Deeper" Scriptures to help us understand the passage of the Bible that we're studying, thus tying the whole Bible together and helping us understand the Word of God even more. She also has information on the sides of the page to help us understand through commentary. I really liked this as it just helped me to process what I was learning. There are also Scriptures to memorize, if you so wish, that goes along with what you're learning.

The author also has a Facebook group where you can join others in this study. I really like this because everyone shares what they are learning from the study and there is a lot of insight that I hadn't thought of. It's like being in a Bible study, yet you aren't leaving the comfort of your home, but you still have that wonderful fellowship of a group Bible study.  Sue also has videos on there that you can watch to get more information and understanding. I just think this is really great - especially for those who aren't able to leave their homes to join a group Bible study. Women in pain or illness can join this group and have the fellowship and help they wouldn't have by doing the study by itself.

I highly recommend this study. I enjoyed it so much and learned a tremendous amount about the book of Ephesians. It is a beautiful study both visually and in content.


Join the online Bible study here. Just LIKE the page and then follow along. There will be a launch party for Ephesians on April 11th and the online Bible study will begin the following week on April 15th.  
Women crave Bible studies that challenge them to grow in their faith. But after balancing carpools, sports schedules, or work deadlines, you may not be able to commit to another evening out of the house. Now you don't have to.  
Whether studying with a small group or by yourself, you know can join popular Bible teacher Sue Edwards on the Year of Discovery. Sue will be leading women through her studies with online chats and discussions on her Facebook page. All year long. Every week. Any time of day. From the comfort of home. Make-up and hair-do optional. Come as you are!  
Each week you will find quotes, links to articles and other resources, and videos to help you as you study. Complete the lessons at your convenience. Then visit any time of day to comment or ask questions. Sue will be there frequently to respond, encourage, and equip!

Blessings - Julie

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