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Friday, June 27, 2014

REVIEW: Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Title: Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
Series: none
Author: Jen Wilkin
Published Date: expected July 31st, 2014
Publisher: Crossway
Format: ebook
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781433541766
Copy provided by: publisher
Genre: Bible study
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Many Christian women find great encouragement and joy in and through women’s Bible studies. However, popular Bible teacher Jen Wilkin is concerned that sometimes we let our emotions rule our study of Scripture and forget that the Bible is primarily about God, not us. Challenging hungry women to go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will help you refocus your efforts on feeding your mind first and foremost. Whether you’re young or old, married or single, this accessible volume will energize and equip you for Bible study aimed at transforming both the heart and mind.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I want to preface this by saying that I've never done any Bible study in my life and I'm working right now thorough a yearly daily reading of the Bible this year. Reading through this book, the author mentions methods of reading and studying the Bible that apparently people do that are the "wrong way", and then she gives methods to do it the "correct way".
Since I've never done either, I suppose its easier to teach me her correct way and move on. I found her methods to be logical and thoughtful. I can understand how re-reading a passage multiple times would lend to remembering it, not necessarily memorizing it verse for verse. The author leads you in ways of understanding the Bible in ways that work for you, not necessarily parroting others' viewpoints. I've always been a fan of independent thinking.
The only question I have for the author would be, if I've never done this before, how would I know the good commentators from the bad commentators?

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