Monday, March 7, 2011

Same Life, New Story

I just finished reviewing the bible study book Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious.  This is a 10-week bible study designed for women who want to learn about how they can change their perspective to change their life story. Many of us are in life circumstances that we have no control over.  Often, those circumstances are difficult and sad.  All of us have something in our past that we regret. This book is about biblical women who responded to the call of God in their lives, even during times of hardship, and learned how to move beyond their past and into a life led by God.

Jan covers the lives of Naomi, Leah, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Anna, Jehosheba, Abigail, Naaman's servant girl, and Elizabeth.  What a variety of women with such powerful stories!  She also includes personal  anecdotes and stories of women from today.  All are linked together to walk you through the process of getting over the past, your fears and the things holding you back from living the life God wants you to live.  It really is all about perspective.  The life we think we should have isn't always the life God has planned for us.  And we have to learn that God knows best.  When we are willing to embrace the plans God has in our lives, then we are truly living to the fullest.

The chapters end with personal reflection questions, a journal entry guide, and group discussion questions.  The questions are clear, thought-provoking and to-the-point.  There isn't any hiding the "ugly" truths of life, yet she has a way of being honest and funny at the same time.  I enjoyed reviewing this book and would recommend it to my women's bible study group.

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