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Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience Paperback – August 1, 2017
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About the Author
Pam Farrel and her husband, Bill, are the authors of Men Are Like Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti (more than 300,000 copies sold) and Red-Hot Monogamy. In addition, Pam has written 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband and The 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make. They are cofounders and codirectors of Love-Wise, an organization to help people connect love and wisdom and bring practical insights to their personal relationships.
Jean E. Jones is a teacher of God’s Word, a contributing writer for Crosswalk.com, and a member of the International Society for Women in Apologetics. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Clay, a Christian apologetics professor at Biola University.
Karla Dornacher has written and illustrated 15 Christian gift books. She continues to inspire and encourage others through her coloring books, blog, Bible journaling, and social media. She and her husband, Michael, make their home in Washington State.
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I am spending 30-45 minutes per day on each lesson. The lesson could be completed in less time or, using the online helps, much more time devoted.
Most chapters cover one Psalm. The chapters each include a full size coloring page and a "margin-sized" book mark based on the coloring page. The chapters (and online helps) also encourage performing arts, culinary arts, and literary arts.
The Chapters open with the Psalm printed as stanzas, not as verses/prose. Nothing else is on the page except a small decorative trim, leaving plenty of room for marking key words, lists, comparisons, or even art journaling.
Although I have only worked the first chapter, I found that the author uses other Psalms and New Testsment references to allow scripture to interpret scripture. She also uses spends some time explaining Hebrew "poetry" and figurative language for even greater understanding.
While the lessons are not difficult, I have found something to "chew on" in each lesson. The lessons teach information, but also provoke spiritual growth.
I expected a skinny book, light on study, heavy on coloring pages. I found a book that encourages the arts while nurturing the soul.
If you want to spend quality time in the Psalms, I highly recommend this book.
Written for both small groups and individual study, the emphasis is on studying 10 Psalms and using creativity in various expressions to take one further in understanding the messages of hope in those Psalms. The lessons were designed to meet the needs of those with busy schedules and those who desire to spend more time doing the creative expression options. I received an advanced review copy and timed all the lessons in the eight chapters. The daily average time spent in the lessons was under 20 minutes if options were not done.
Included in the study are Pam Farrel's Hope Alive section and Karla Dornacher's Creative Connection, both found in each chapter. Pam from her personal experiences gives encouragement on how to live a life of hope and how to study God's Word using creative expression. Karla's illustrations are beautiful and represent the messages in each Psalm. Her words, illustrations and tips will inspire you to find your own creative ways of expressing God's Word.
Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience, a book that will change how you study, meditate on, and pray the Psalms.
The collaboration of the three authors, each with their own special gifts and talents, has created a truly unique Bible study (part of the book's title accurately states "A Creative Bible Study Experience"). This is not just your standard "read the book, study the Scriptures, and answer a few questions" type of Bible study.
Author, Jean E. Jones, provides the lesson material. Each chapter begins with Day 1's lesson which starts by introducing the psalm to be studied (Chapter 1, Day 1's lesson introduces the Book of Psalms). There are 5 days of lessons in each chapter. The lesson material is not overwhelming and is stated in the introduction to take about 25 minutes. There is some Scripture to lookup from other books in the Bible but the references are all relevant. Each day's lesson will actually be leading you, using clear directions and prompts to look inward and to write your very own personal psalm which is located at the end of each chapter. I believe this is a very beautiful and unique way to learn and be guided to write psalms which are your very own - psalms you can write out, memorize and cling to when you need hope and encouragement.
Author Pam Ferrel, shares her own personal experiences and inspiration in the Hope Alive section in each chapter. As she writes, "I share honest, personal examples of how studying these psalms has kept hope alive in my own life and how this study will encourage and equip you to hold on to hope.”
Author and Illustrator, Karla Dornacher, brings her beautiful and hope-filled inspirational artwork throughout this book and provides "techniques for expressing Scripture with art in Karla's Creative Connection at the end of each chapter." Karla has also included a full-page beautifully illustrated passage from the psalm studied in each chapter which you can color using your own creativity - a beautiful way to end each week. And there are other ideas listed in each chapter for creatively experiencing each psalm studied.
This would be a terrific study either for a small group, a couple of friends, a mentor and mentee or even just to do on your own. The book includes suggestions and plans for how to use the book for small groups as well as for individuals.
The paper used in this book is a really nice heavier-weight type paper which will help prevent bleed-through when using markers for the illustrations (it is recommended to place a blank sheet of paper behind the artwork you are coloring with markers). I had no bleed-through with my Tombow markers but there was some shadowing when I tested with watercolor pencils (Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer) so you might want to test your markers, watercolors or other media first in the end pages of the book in the blank space around the two pages of Karla's beautiful bookmarks which you can use for your own Bible or journaling artwork to see if you need to prep the page with some clear gesso (I use Prima Marketing Art Basics Clear Gesso which is excellent and available on Amazon).
There is a lot of great information about the Psalms - the different types, their history, authors, time periods, their poetic structure and more.
This book is very well organized and it is consistently organized using the same structure throughout every chapter from beginning to end.
There are helpful instructions for reading Scripture included in the book which is important information for new believers (especially if they are doing this study on their own) and good reminders for more mature believers as well.
Just looking through this book to get an overview has given me high hopes and expectations for this study of the Psalms.