Thursday, November 10, 2016

i am found by Laura Dingman

i am found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek With God and Others by Laura Dingman is a six week Bible study for women focused on breaking the shackles of shame and replacing with the truth of God's word the lies that hold us in bondage.

Each week involves a Bible verse or two to memorize, and five days of study. Each day has questions to answer and scripture to examine. Sometimes the scripture is printed, and other times the reader is directed to use her own Bible. At the end of each week, is a "Truth, Lies, and Action" section that is designed specifically to help the reader identify the lies she believes in regards to that week's topic, the contrasting truths of scripture, and creating intentional steps to replace the lies with truth in our life.

The structure of the study is very user friendly. Each day's "workload" is quite manageable and allows for deep thought and introspection. This study is drenched in and founded on scripture and it's truths. The brief personal stories that are at the beginning of each week's content are relevant and relatable. Overall, i am found is a very well written and helpful study that would benefit any woman willing to put the time into it, either individually or in a group.

I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, See Part 255

A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker

A Mile Wide: Trading A Shallow Religion For A Deeper Faith by Brandon Hatmaker is about how the Christian faith is meant to be much broader and deeper than how the average American Christian lives. The title comes from the old saying "a mile wide and an inch deep." In contrast to that, Hatmaker contends that the Christian faith should be both a mile wide and a mile deep.

The main strength of this book is its attempt to broaden the typical definition of faith. We should break out of the go to church on Sunday and live just with Christians mode. If we see through the gospel lens, any moment with any person can be a gospel moment. If we live on mission, any moment can be missional. Getting outside of our comfort zones in terms of the kinds of people we are in relationship with, and the opportunities we seek out to serve can only strengthen and increase our faith.

Hatmaker uses examples from his own somewhat unorthodox life and church to illustrate the above points. The second half of the book is much stronger than the first half. While the average person may benefit from reading A Mile Wide, it may be most helpful to those in some kind of leadership, or those specifically seeking ways to broaden their faith experience. Each chapter ends with a list of several discussion questions that would be useful either in a group setting or individually.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255