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Breaking Free from Fear (40-Minute Bible Studies) Paperback – July 10, 2012
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This book is designed so that all the group’s participants will complete each lesson’s study activities at the same time. Discussing your insights drawn from what God says about the subject reveals exciting, life-impacting truths.
Although it’s a group study, you’ll need a facilitator to lead the study and keep the discussion moving. (This person’s function is not that of a lecturer or teacher. However, when this book is used in a Sundayschool class or similar setting, the teacher should feel free to lead more directly and to bring in other insights in addition to those provided in each week’s lesson.)
If you are your group’s facilitator, the leader, here are some helpful points for making your job easier:
• Go through the lesson and mark the text before you lead the group. This will give you increased familiarity with the material and will enable you to facilitate the group with greater ease. It may be easier for you to lead the group through the instructions for marking if you, as a leader, choose a specific color for each symbol you mark.
• As you lead the group, start at the beginning of the text and simply read it aloud in the order it appears in the lesson, including the “insight boxes,” which appear throughout. Work through the lesson together, observing and discussing what you learn. As you read the Scripture verses, have the group say aloud the word they are marking in the text.
• The discussion questions are there simply to help you cover the material. As the class moves into the discussion, many times you will find that they will cover the questions on their own. Remember, the discussion questions are there to guide the group through the topic, not to squelch discussion.
• Remember how important it is for people to verbalize their answers and discoveries. This greatly strengthens their personal understanding of each week’s lesson. Try to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to contribute to each week’s discussions.
• Keep the discussion moving. This may mean spending more time on some parts of the study than on others. If necessary, you should feel free to spread out a lesson overmore than one session. However, remember that you don’t want to slow the pace too much. It’smuch better to leave everyone “wantingmore” than to have people dropping out because of declining interest.
• If the validity or accuracy of some of the answers seems questionable, you can gently and cheerfully remind the group to stay focused on the truth of the Scriptures. Your object is to learn what the Bible says, not to engage in human philosophy. Simply stick with the Scriptures and give God the opportunity to speak. HisWord is truth (John 17:17)!
Top Customer Reviews
A 6-Week, no-homework Bible study
I've heard good things about Kay Arthur, so when I had the opportunity to read and review one of her books I jumped at the chance. Granted, this is not a full fledged, narrative style, exposition of a topic; it's a question and answer style study. It doesn't reveal her skill as a writer, but it does reveal a part of her theology.
If the validity or accuracy of some of the answers seems questionable, you can gently and cheerfully remind the group to stay focused on the truth of the Scriptures. Your object is to learn what they Bible says, not engage in human philosophy. Simply stick with the Scriptures and give God the opportunity to speak. His Word is truth (John 17:17)! (Breaking Free, page vi)
One of the marks of a good teacher is how they view God's Word. Many will claim that their teaching is based on the Bible, but the real test is; do they actually preach from it? Kay Arthur follows through in this study.
Each section starts with scriptures relevant to the topic. In this case she pulls a multitude of scriptures dealing with fear. She is also careful not to pull single verses, but rather sections of text to maintain some context.
Kay also encourages Bible highlighting, inductive studying, rather than just cursory glances at the scripture. She encourages familiarity with the text.
With all that coming right at the front I was able to tackle this book with confidence. It was going to be a joy, rather than a struggle. In other words, I was ready to face my fear of examining a book dealing with an emotional topic.
Kay follows through on her stated premised of sticking to scripture.Read more ›
I spend a lot of time worrying, even before this pregnancy. I know I'm supposed to trust God, not worry, but I still do it.
Studying the Bible using Breaking Free From Fear has helped me think on God's Word and less on my problems. Learning about fear and the opposite - trusting in God, as well as learning and storing the Scripture in my heart and mind, has really helped me counteract the worries that I face every day.
The Bible study contains Scripture within its text, mostly NASB. Grab your Bible if you're a KJV reader, like me. The study is divided into six weekly studies, but you can work at your own pace. Being a working mother, sometimes I have to go at a slower pace, since time is an issue. Each lesson invites you to Observe, read Scripture, and ponder as you answer the Questions provided. There's even room to write in the book, if you choose to.
You can study the book alone or as a group study. This is a great study resource. I previously studied another 40-Minute Bible Study by Kay Arthur titled Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
This is the second book from this 40 minute Bible Studies series that I have worked through and you can see the first book I reviewed here. As I have stated in my previous review, I am not a huge fan of all the "doodling" Arthur makes you do with all of the Scripture. All of the Scripture is listed right in the book, but underlining, circling, drawing pictures, and all the other things you are supposed to do - well, I just find it distracting. I am sure it works great for some people- it probably just depends on your learning style. Anyway, I gave it a chance, and did that stuff at first, but then I just kept working through the Bible study and ignored all the suggested markings.
One of the things I like about Kay Arthur is that she likes to let Scripture speak for itself. She provides thought-provoking questions to keep the discussion moving making it great material for your small-group or Sunday school class. One thing I wish it had was an answer key in the back. I didn't have this issue with the last book, but with this particular study there were several times that I was just plain stumped by a question. It would have been helpful to have had the author's answer somewhere to figure out those parts where you are just not sure what is being asked.
One other thing I would note is the 40 minute time frame. This particular study, I am sure, would take a good bit longer than 40 minutes to finish each week. If you have a group that can keep moving at a good clip - then this will be fine. But if you have a group like mine that will want to discuss many of the questions in greater detail, then be prepared for the lessons to take longer than 40 minutes.Read more ›
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This is a book that we were reviewing in MOP's. I started late in the book so I decided to start over on my own. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nikki Marvin
This study has helped me focus on truth and the fear of God that makes all other fears nothing. All things are under his power and authority. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Diane
This is a good little study to do with groups that do not like to do or will not do homework. It addresses the anxiety that we all face on a daily basis from a Biblical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by tralaine
Great book, you really need to use this in a group setting, so everyone can contribute. It is good to get many different perspectives.Published 9 months ago by Sheri Harte Willis
This book brings together verses from the Bible about the subject of fear. It has helped me already and I am only about a fourth of the way through the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pamela Bryant
I just didn't find material and method of presentation that good. I like the bible verses, but the text that goes with the bible verses could have been better. Read morePublished 14 months ago by lorenzo