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Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble (Drawn In Bible Study) Paperback – June 20, 2017
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But the questions are terrible! Some are so overly simplistic, they don't engage me at all. One of the questions is downright wrong (page 8, number 7: "Vashti's snub causes a kingdom-wide uproar..." I re-read the Message translation and my NRSV, THERE IS NO UPROAR. There is only a hypothetical one, suggested by Memucan. Someone clue me in if I am missing something.)
I am a life-long Lutheran, not formally educated in theology or the Bible, and a youth minister in the church. I was excited to see this series, but will not recommend it.
The Drawn In Bible Study | Esther is small bible study book breaks down the book of Esther into bite size chunks with the scriptures in the book, with questions to guide your study, reflections, and prayers as well as room to color, journal, and enjoy the words you’ve encountered.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but I love this little study although a great personal study this is a fun alternative to a simple read & discuss group study. There is leader talking points in the back of the book to guide discussion plus it would be fun way for those who may not share normally to share their colorings, which could lead to discussion. The possibilities are endless!
Personally, I really enjoyed this book. It helps that the commentary is provided by a well-respected theologian, Eugene Peterson, and they used The Message instead of NKJV.
I recommend this for women and youth girls to explore scripture and mediation in a new way!
First, it's a study of Esther. She has a story of quiet grace and strength and is one of my favorite females in the Bible. I could do every study on her and still look for the next one. There is always something new to learn from her. The questions (of which there are a lot for each session) are not the typical scribble-something-down-just-to-get-it-done type questions. They require a lot of thought and introspection.
Second, it's a four session study, with a background introduction from the author. The scriptures are in the book for you. (I, of course, always recommend reading multiple versions when you're doing an in depth study.) I've found that shorter studies keep the other women interested. There is a lot to dig into between sessions and that may turn some off, but we do every two weeks so that gives you plenty of time to get the "homework" done.
Third, each session has multiple parts to it. There is the scripture and questions, but there are also pages for coloring and doodling. At first, I thought it wasn't a good format for coloring, but I figured out that the spine of the book can be forced to lay flat, allowing you to get to the whole page for the coloring. I like that the scripture is broken into parts with the questions immediately following. There are also little bits from the author to help you understand some of the historical and cultural references. The end of each session has questions for reflection or additional consideration as well as a guided prayer.
This is a new and unique format for Bible study. I'm really excited about it and look forward to doing it with our group in the fall. There are also studies on Ruth and Mary in the series. (Yes, I'll be looking forward to those too!!)
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