I really enjoy joining Bible studies through my church, as it's a time for great learning AND fellowship with others that live for the same reasons I do. I do, however, also participate in Bible studies on my own, typically with a particular book I've found and I'll just work on it daily. It's my morning quiet time. A good cup of coffee, a devotional, my Bible and a Bible study book is my morning routine.
I recently had the chance to review a couple of Bible study books out of a new series by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose, which is really sparking the reason for this post. I was SO impressed by these books. First, a rather simple thing in the big picture, but their appearance was fabulously modern...the one book a bright pink, the other a deep orange, both nothing but the title and a vase of flowers on the front. So many books written about spirituality and religion and the Bible come off as stuffy and boring from just lack of a good cover designer!
The series is called "Fresh Life" and the books are each a "20-Minutes-a-Day study of different portions of the Bible. The two I've reviewed are Live Deeply: A Study in the Parables of Jesus and Live Relationally: Lessons from the Women of Genesis. I've, by no means, gotten all the way through each, but again, am very impressed as to what I've seen so far. Filled to the brim with scripture, Bible descriptions, and thought-provoking questions, as well as sidebars with more to learn about and encouraging prayers, a lot is placed into these daily studies, which I think truly results in the reader having to expand her mind to absorb what the Lord is bringing through the authors.
Each daily lesson is divided up into 5 different parts:
Lift up (prayer)
Look at (God's word)
Learn about (new insights)
Live out (application) and Listen to (quotes from other believers)
You can use these study books for a small group, or as I have, just for your own use. There are two other books in the series, Live Intimately: Lessons from the Upper Room and Live Fearlessly: A Study in the Book of Joshua.
To learn more about this great series, or to purchase, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.