11/13/11

"Live Abundantly" & "Live Reflectively" Bible Study (Reviews and Giveaways)

5 STARS!
Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses(Heitzig) is an engaging Bible study on the life of Moses. He was saved from death on the Nile and raised as an Egyptian prince. He met his wife at a Midianite well, witnessed the birth of a nation as the Red Sea parted and watched water gush from a rock with one touch of his rod. He died overlooking the Jordan River. Through viewing the water moments of Moses’ life, readers will be encouraged to consider the moments in their own lives that shape who they are and who they are becoming.

5 STARS!
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians (Heitzig and Rose) challenges readers to dig deep into the book of Ephesians to find the spiritual treasure God has for them. The book of Ephesians is God’s “last will and testament” that bequeaths his spiritual treasures to His beloved children. Covering topics such as living in God’s will and receiving peace no matter the circumstances, it reveals the magnitude of every Christian’s inheritance—a gift “exceedingly abundantly above” what you could ever ask for. 

The Fresh Life series teaches readers to:
  • Lift up...a prayer
  • Look at…God’s Word (answering questions concerning what the passage says)
  • Learn about…what the passage means (sidebars define words and profice background information)
  • Live out…what they have learned (personalizing the text and learning how it can impact their daily life)
  • Listen to…quotes from well-known figures to build on the truths uncovered in Scripture
Readers will develop a deeper intimacy with the Lord and walk away feeling inspired to move forward in their walks of faith. Live Abundantly and Live Reflectively continue the rich biblical tradition of the Fresh Life series. They offer wisdom that will leave readers encouraged in their present situations and hopeful for the spiritual journey ahead.

About the Authors: Lenya Heitzig is an award-winning author and popular Bible teacher. She and her husband founded Calvary Church of Albuquerque—one of the fastest-growing churches worldwide. She is the author of Holy Moments: Recognizing God’s Fingerprints on Your Life and also contributed to the best-selling New Women’s Devotional Bible. Heitzig serves as Executive Director of She Ministries of Albuquerque, overseeing weekly Bible studies and yearly retreats. She and her husband Skip live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Penny Rose is the award-winning author of numerous books. Penny thrives on teaching at conferences and retreats nationwide. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, Kerry, a pastor at Calvary of Albuquerque.

Here are a couple pictures of the inside of the books -

  
My Review -
These are EXCELLENT Bible study books! I think these are probably the best I have seen! They are such nice, in depth exercises. These are not quick 5 minute studies. This will easily take 20 - 30 min. for each one. I take that back... I can't really consider these just Bible Study books, they are more like "God study books" or "Your life study books", they are so much more than just Bible study! So for someone who really wants a more comprehensive bible study, that is really geared to putting the Bible into your everyday life - this is the series for you!

First it asks you questions about the Bible, kind of using that to help explain what you have read.
"In what two ways did Christ give Himself to God?"
Then they ask you questions about your own life, they ask you to be honest, but you are really only being honest with yourself and God. 
"Have you ever loved someone sacrificially? What was the circumstance, and what did it cost you?" 
They have charts for you to fill out.
"Behaviors such as Gossip hold us captive. Activities like worship set us free. In the chart list behaviors that hold you captive and ones that set you free -"
Holds you Captive                              Set You Free   

They also have activities for you to do such as - write a prayer or -
"Plan a  funeral service for your old life.Write down a list of things you want to put to death and bury the list in your back yard."
It is activities such as these that sets it apart from other Bible Studies! You are learning so much about yourself, becoming a better person, AND learning more about God! But in a fun way. I really don't think you will mind spending the 20 min a day to do this.

I think this would be good for a new believer or a well seasoned one! I have been a Christian for a long time now and I found these to be fresh and very helpful.

Thank you so much - B&B Media Group for sending me these wonderful Bible Study books to review!

The Giveaways -
I am giving away both beautiful books separately, so there will be 2 winners! In your comment please tell me which one you would prefer to win -
Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians
or
Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses

* Please either comment here or email me at (forevereading at gmail dot com) with your email address!!
* If you are not a follower, please become one (but not necessary to win).
* Winner will be chosen and announced via random.org on Nov. 23rd.
* Winner will then have 48 hrs to respond with their mailing address before a new winner is chosen.

**Please be aware that I do not have any rules on how many of my contests you enter or how many times you win! So good luck everyone!

12 comments:

  1. I'd like to enter to win the Watershed Moments of Moses. It looks great! Thanks for sharing.

    Diane

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  2. Great review :)
    I love seeing what the inside looks like too :)
    (not an entry)

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  3. The Watershed Moments please...
    RJB
    loki304(at)tds(dot)net

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  4. These look like great study guides.
    I would love to have the "Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians" book.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Hi, Wendy! These sound like really great and uplifting books. I like the quote about planning a funeral service for your old life. Brilliant idea. :)

    Have a great week, my friend!

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  6. I have been deeply involved with a few bible studies this month that are ending, and would love having something to go to when they are done, so please do enter me in your giveaway! These books sound so wonderful and passionate. They seem like they would be great ways to explore the word of God. Thanks for hosting this!
    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

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  7. Either book sounds wonderful and useful for study. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :O)

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

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  8. Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians - Thanks for the giveaway!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. Hey Wendy,
    I've seen these but haven't really taken a look at them. I start the day with a good prayer and a few words of wisdom!
    Have a great week!
    See ya,
    Dana
    Readaholics Anonymous

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  10. Sounds like exactly what I am looking for! I hate "bible study" or devotional books that are light and fluffy and take only 5 minutes to read. And I like the structured layout, very easy to follow. I could really use this in my own life but also in the Tuesday night Bible study I do! Enter me please

    ashmandabarATgmailDOTcom

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  11. forgot to say, the one I want is live abundantly

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  12. Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses sounds like a fascinating study. I'm in!

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