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Trusting God for Everything--Psalm 23: A Personal Retreat Guide (Prayer Retreat Guides) Paperback – September 1, 2009

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From the Back Cover

Uncertainty about the economy, employment, health, and relationships often gives us fearful, worried lives. But Psalm 23 offers a picture of what it looks like when we live our life with God here and now, every day. Such a life of connecting with God moves us toward becoming people who live with joy and gratefulness and are able to bless enemies and live intentionally, free of judging others. Throughout this retreat, you’ll see how God provides for everything you need, that God can be trusted to lead you and restore your soul, and that God walks every step with you in all situations. Enter into a life of trust and confidence in God.



About the Author

Jan Johnson enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences, hoping to ignite within listeners a burning desire to know God in an authentic way and to live out a kingdom life in the daily companionship of Jesus. She holds degrees in Christian education and spiritual direction (DMin), which along with many years of Bible teaching have equipped her as an author, spiritual director, and retreat leader. Jan has written nineteen books and more than a thousand Bible studies, including Invitation to the Jesus Life, Enjoying the Presence of God, Savoring God’s Word, and When the Soul Listens.

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Product Details

  • Series: Prayer Retreat Guides (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600066615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600066610
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jan Johnson is the author of twenty books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. Also a speaker, teacher and spiritual director, she lives with her husband in Simi Valley, California. She holds a D. Min. in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction and writes primarily about spiritual formation and social justice topics.
Visit her at her website: www.JanJohnson.org.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Will Review It! on May 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Trusting God for Everything: Psalm 23 was subtitled "A Personal Retreat Guide." I was quite excited to realize this book would be a guide for getting time alone with God to grow in my faith. Finding tools to slow down and allow God to quiet my mind are important to me as learning these concepts allows me to help not only myself but many other women as well.

Each chapter confirmed the previous chapter's message, which was basically growing closer to God through understanding His Word and letting it seep into your soul in a way that that Scripture had not previously done. Psalm 23 was the main Scripture presented.

I enjoyed the history of Psalm 23 as well as the explanation of the individual words and their original meanings. I also appreciated the consistency of each chapter: Opening to God's Message, Immersed in God's Message, Responding to God's Word and Resting with God in the Message. I also found the many questions for personal exploration interesting and helpful for personal introspection.

This book would be a good start for someone who needs to take a break from life and get back to God. The guide may also be good for a few women to use together if even just for a walk in the park as the guide suggested.

There were several areas of the guide I found concerning. I noticed a few references with a New Age undertone. One was to imagine God speaking to me and what color would I imagine during that interaction? I liken that visualization exercise with the New Age concept of Chakra. Imagining a conversation with God and having to visualize a color is not a biblical concept. God does not need anything added unto Himself as He is the epitomy of color.

Also, I was to imagine an empty chair next to me and God sitting in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Milk Donor Mama on May 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Trusting God for Everything: Psalm 23 by Jan Johnson is a personal retreat guide / bible study of the meanings of the 23rd Psalm.

Most Christians know this Psalm by heart, although Johnson argues that few of us know the intent of the psalmist who wrote it.

The line "I shall not want" is also sometimes translated as "I have all that I need" or "I want for nothing". Johnson asserts that this line is how we should live our lives in the presence of God. With God at our sides and in our hearts, and trust in God that He will provide, we can be certain that our needs will be met in His time.

Johnson takes the reader step by step to show how God provides for everything in our lives and that God will lead us to where we need to be, together with us always. Johnson provides questions for the reader to reflect upon.

This is a beautiful lesson, especially in the difficult economic climate of today.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NavPress, the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ibjoy1953 on July 27, 2011
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This book is designed for a ladies retreat study with seven sessions taking you through Psalm 23. In this study, you don't just read the verses and read a little bit about each verse, you read, and re-read over and over again. After you read the verses, you meditate on what you have read, you immerse yourself into Gods message to you. You read and understand the meaning of the words, the theme of the scriptures you read, and you picture the passage you have read. Then you respond to God's message to you and you rest in the message God has given you. Throughout each lesson there are lots of questions to answer which I love, because I seem to understand so much more when there are questions about what I've read to answer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this study, though I didn't do the study in a retreat setting, I studied through the book on my own. This is one great thing about this book. It can be used many ways, not just the retreat setting it was designed for. The author so wonderfully designed this book breaking down each chapter and each section in the chapters to make the study more profitable to those using it. She did the planning work for us, we just need the book, along with our Bibles and start studying. This book is a valuable resource for any library as well. I encourage ladies to seriously check out this book for themselves, and request it for your next Bible study.
I received this book free from NavPress to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55
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There are two points to immediately make about this book, one is that it is a study guide and the second is that it invites interaction with what the author phrases as `questions you had not thought of', thinking in new ways and identifying issues at hand.
Psalm 23 is a familiar psalm, but for some it has become over-familiar and this study guide reconsiders that familiarity, not by over-analysing phrases and portions, but by pausing and looking at the context in which the praise is written and the sentiments expressed.
This is not an in-depth study of Psalm 23, but it is heartening to have the reader pointed to books on the Shepherd Psalm, which are able to devote a more considered exposition. This is an uplifting book and will be of benefit to those setting out to explore the 23rd Psalm anew. It is set out as a resource to use at a retreat but readers may choose to use it for personal devotions.
I am a bit uneasy about the different Bible versions referred to throughout as I commonly use the KJV, but this takes nothing away from enjoying the way that the author has set out helpful themes for meditation, embraced a wonderful overarching theme of `trust' in sections such as Trusting God to Lead and Trusting that God is with Me and formatted the sections of the book well to encourage active use. It is a book that groups will enjoy, participants will write in and reinvigorate their interest in the Psalms.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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