Books in Review: Trustworthy
I was quite excited and curious when I read about this Bible study. Not long after I did, the church I was attending had a ladies Bible study through this book. The premise of addressing a topic that many Christians struggle with (trusting God) and using a portion of biblical history that some Christians don’t know much about (the divided kingdom) was an interesting combination that drew me in from the start. I enjoyed participating in this study (although I initially forgot to review after I finished it) and would recommend it as a great resource for a group Bible study ~ Bethel
“Trust” can be a scary word. It means that you are willing to give up some control of your life to follow the lead of someone else. This is often hard for us to do, because many of us have experienced betrayal when we trusted the wrong person. Many of us bring those experiences into our relationships with others, including God. While we know in our heads that God is not like any of the people who have betrayed us, our hearts cannot help but remember the hurts of betrayal from the past. This means that we shut God out and try to use our own methods for running our lives. It makes us ask the question: “How can I learn to trust God?”
In her Bible study Trustworthy, Lysa Terkeurst uses the stories in 1 and 2 Kings to help us see that God is trustworthy, as well as what can happen when we don’t learn to trust him. Through 6 weeks of weekly videos on DVD filmed on location in Israel and 5 days of personal reading and reflection in the study book, Lysa guides participants to understand the sometimes confusing narrative of Israel’s history during the divided kingdom and well as helping them understand how a lack of obedience and trust in God is what led to many of the problems these kings faced. From their example, we can learn how avoiding trusting in God can have devastating consequences so that we can make the choice to avoid their mistakes. The book, full of illustrative graphics, places to write, and a leader’s guide, and the DVD, full of beautiful visuals to illustrate these truths, are great resources if you are looking for your next group Bible study. Get your copy today!
Personal Rating. My only criticism is that I am not a fan of book studies with daily homework because I prefer to read a book straight through. Despite my personal taste, this is very well done for this type of study. I loved the breakdown of the often confusing part of biblical narrative. If you like that type of study, I would highly recommend this book.
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Bethel Grove is a Christian young woman who loves to read and write, eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards, and disciple teen girls as a youth leader. What started as a hobby of writing book reviews and doing deep biblical studies eventually led her down the path of self-publishing and helping other Christian authors launch their books. She hopes to someday be a vocational youth minister and well-known author.
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