Included in Christ Review

Book Review: 

I think I have a thing for Bible Study guides. Actually, let's face it, I have a thing for anything that is in a book form and is set up as a question/answer system. So give me Bible Study guides, quiz books, activity books, coloring books, etc. and I will be all in.

So it's no surprise that I requested another Bible study book. I need to get going on doing all the ones that I have.

Heather is a college instructor on writing and composition. She is into verbs that stick out and make an impact, so she chose seven verbs for this eight week study of the book of Ephesians: included, chosen, seated, strengthened, renewed, filled, and proclaiming. Those words do sound enticing, don't they?

Now, I haven't gone through this Bible study day by day, but I have looked through it and read the introduction to try and get a feel for the way it is laid out. It's not as much of a verse by verse as I was hoping for when I requested it, but I do like the idea of these seven words and searching them out a bit more. Heather also seems to do a lot more writing in her daily guides than what some Bible study writers do. Beings she teaches writing, I think this does make sense. It also seemed there maybe wasn't as much Bible reading, though I also noticed she included some of the verses right into her text so maybe that's why it seems that way.

The one thing I noticed that is different in this study guide from others is the emphasis Heather places on writing your Savior story and your shadow narrative. Your Savior story is what she calls the story of your life in Christ and what led you to where you are today, while your shadow narrative is what keeps you from experiencing full life in Christ. She puts emphasis on journaling. She also emphasizes learning by comparing and contrasting and providing visual images. To her, the mosaic on the front cover of this guide signifies her included identity in Christ.

I think the book of Ephesians is a powerful book and I am looking forward to going through this study.

I received this book from Moody Publishers and was not required to write a positive review.