Friday, December 28, 2012

Chase - book review

What are you chasing? We are all chasing after something that we think will make us happy. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind. We want to believe God is real and to live like it.

When I saw Jennie Allen had released a new small group study, I was very excited. Last year MOMS group did Stuck and I enjoyed how it made you dig and think more. After reading the above snippet and saw that it was the story of David's love for God, I had to get it.

When the box arrived, I opened it right away to see if followed the same format as stuck. In the box came a study guide, leader's guide, DVD, and question cards like Stuck. Only this one seems to have more depth of questions to it. Now all I had to do was find a group to do the study with. Both of my study groups were in the middle of studies. So, I tapped a closer girls. Sure, they're a little too little for all of the questions but they were amazing at how well they grasped most of the topics. Kids don't need to come back from lessons learned, they're already so in touch with their faith. I took notes from what the girls and I went through so that I can see how close their answers will come to the grown ladies when I get a chance to work this study with them.

My girls loved the DVD portion of it. They didn't want to stop watching. Their answers to the questions were either right on or far out. When their questions got too far out, I knew that we were done for the day.

The way Jennie Allen walked you through David's like and tied it to what we go through was amazing. What are we chasing and what should we be chasing? Who are we, what is our identity? We need courage. We need to be obedient. We need to have belief. We need repentance. We need to surrender completely and fully to the Lord. We can't keep this or that piece. He wants it all. She wraps up the study with the idea of being chased down and connects it to "chasing down" their adoption of a boy from Africa.

The leader's guide breaks down what the goals and responsibilities of a leader is and how to encourage discussions. Each session is broken down into a main idea and a main goal you want to meet each week.

The discussion cards have a key scripture and 12 questions for each session. I didn't use the cards with my girls yet. As I was reviewing the material to write this, I noticed that the girls might enjoy answering some of these. I remember from Stuck that the questions really got the conversation going and that the conversation usually turned to answer some of the other questions.

I love a study that shows you how to read the Bible and see your life inside of it. This study does that. I think it would be best used with women who have experienced more in/of life because of the depth of some of the questions. But any age could find value and knowledge in the teachings Jennie Allen has put together here.

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