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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 book suggests a time line, which I ignore. Going inconsistent stretches between use has not been detrimental.
I think my favorite thing about Discovering Hope in the Psalms is that it's guided creativity. For those who want to do Bible journaling or some other creative expression, but who don't feel creative or know where to start, this is a fantastic book.