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Ecclesiastes:Understanding What Matters Most (Following God Discipleship) (Following God Through the Bible Series) Paperback – September 15, 2011

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About the Author

STEPHANIE SHOTT'S life was divinely interrupted

and her heart was radically transformed by the Living

God in 1987. Since that time, the Lord has allowed

her to serve as a Bible teacher and conference

speaker to women of all ages along with the privilege

of serving Him as a missionary to Costa Rica and the

Guaymi Indians of Panama. In her own words, "Young

or old, rich or poor¦¦God has placed each one of us

on planet earth for such a time as this. May we be

Esther-like in fulfi lling that purpose." Stephanie has

been married to her terrifi c and talented husband,

Donald, for 22 years, and they have two wonderful

sons and a godly daughter-in-law. Stephanie and

Donald live in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: AMG Publishers; Student/Stdy Gde edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899570240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899570242
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Bible study has been exactly what I've needed in this crazy season of my life. Every day I've gained new insights or been reminded of a truth that's been buried under the clutter of my life! I love how honest and straightforward this study is. I am using it as a personal Bible study, which works great, but would love to try it with a group. It's so applicable to every day living. I definitely recommend it to any one wanting to be encouraged and challenged by God's word. I also recommend it to a lady who feels like she needs a good honest friend to walk beside her. The author makes you feel like she's your sister or your dear friend who loves you and just stopped by to share a word for you today!
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Stephanie Shott invites us to take our faith deeper by learning from one of the wisest men in Scripture. Her style is warm, inviting, and deep. This is a great resource for personal study or small group or discipleship study. Understanding What Matters Most helps us take this into real life, applying principles and wisdom to our interation with others, our choices, and our view of what "really matters". I highly recommend this as a resource for churches, study groups, and for individual study.
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As a woman who has led and participated in numerous small group Bible Studies, I have completed many Bible Studies throughout the years. I have found that Stephanie Shott's "The Book of Ecclesiastes" is one of the best. It is thought-provoking, thorough, and well-written.

This study is broken down into six sections:

Life Lessons from History
From Vanity to Victory
Days of Our Lives
The Serious Side of Life
Having a Proper Perspective
Our Heavenly Sieve

Stephanie encourages us to dive deeper into God's Word. She asks challenging questions and gives us helpful insights, such as, "Life is ever-changing, yet each new season we face comes with purpose," "Solomon's life is proof that wisdom doesn't necessarily equal perfection," and "There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience."

I am looking forward to the next study in Stephanie Shott's Following God through the Bible Series and I highly recommend women to take this journey into Ecclesiastes, whether in an independent Bible Study or with a Bible Study group.
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So far I am really enjoying this study. It starts out with a week of history so we know how and why Solomon became king. We recently did a study on Proverbs in our Sunday Life Group class. This will be a great follow-up. I would recommend it for personal or group study!!!
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Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 (NIV)

We read that passage at my mother's memorial service.

Now that I'm blanketed in winter, it seems like a perfect time to work my way through Stephanie Shott's study of Ecclesiastes: Understanding What Matters Most, the latest offering in AMG Publishers' Following God through the Bible series.

Because if I've been set in this small place for this brief time, I want it to count for eternity.

I need to decide between a life of purpose or a life of pleasure.

In order to leave a legacy that lasts.

This is a six-week walk through a book of the Bible that we might not spend enough time in, except maybe for the seasons verses. Solomon was the wisest man ever. Yet he sought happiness in wrong places and made a bunch of wrong choices.

Stephanie writes, "Ecclesiastes was written by a man who had it all, took a disastrous detour, strayed from the Living God, and then penned his analysis (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) in order to prevent others from making the same mistakes he had. It's kind of a "Been there, done that, seen that . . . you don't want to go there" kind of story.

This is a verse-by-verse workbook with five lessons a week and a memory verse. Stephanie weaves in personal stories and insights, and there is plenty of time for reflection and application.

The side margins highlight important thoughts and scriptures. Like:

Life is too short to spend it looking at all the bad things that have happened to you.

A godly reputation built over a lifetime can be lost by one single act of foolishness.

Life is ever-changing, yet each new season we face comes with a purpose.

"Set your minds on things above, not on things of the earth.
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Though this study wasn't written for one specific demographic, it has been awesome for the Bible study of young single, recent college grads that I lead. Finding suitable Bible study material for this age group is hard, there just isn't much available that doesn't focus solely on dating, or isn't for young/immature Christians. There is a ton of stuff for high school and college kids, and there is a ton of stuff for wives and moms, but these women don't fit there. When the group decided they wanted to study Ecclesiastes, I knew I would need some help. After looking at several different options, the group chose this book hoping it would be good.
I can't even begin to explain how valuable it has been. This study has lead to so many discussions about life that first year or two out of school, when they are making so many decisions and experiencing so many things that they have never done before, everything from managing finances with a Godly perspective, to establishing friendships when you aren't in college anymore, to relationships with coworkers, honoring God in all aspects of life.

Thank you Stephanie Shott for this.
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