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Included in Christ: Living A New Story from Ephesians (A Bible Study) Paperback – June 6, 2017
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I can’t think of a better combination than a Bible study on Ephesians written by an English professor. Heather’s writing style is warm and relatable while delivering the timeless truths of Scripture for which we’re so desperate. If you’re longing to be chosen, filled, strengthened, and renewed, look no further than this study on Ephesians.
founder and Bible teacher at Cultivate Women’s Events
Author of All Things New, a study on 2 Corinthians
Heather does a masterful job of bringing the book of Ephesians to life and practice. With authenticity and wisdom, she highlights seven powerful verbs that refocused me on my identity in Christ. As a ministry leader, wife, parent, and friend, I am finding that, by reflecting on those life-giving verbs, I am regaining a renewed sense of His smile and delight.
Cru, US Leadership Development and HR
We all yearn deeply for value and significance. Heather winsomely guides us through Ephesians to our true identity—being included in Christ.
Former Cru staff and current therapist/owner at Crossroads Counseling, Ann Arbor, MI
A soul-searching, challenging, but affirming look into the book of Ephesians. Heather’s tender heart and transparency leads women to embrace their unique Savior Story in a clear, personal way.
C&MA Women’s Ministries, and Alliance Peacemaking
This is the Bible study I’ve been waiting for! Heather leads us to love grace more, to rest in the power of God’s Word, and to more freely and passionately follow our deeply personal Savior in the story He is writing with our lives.
Area Director of Cru in Tidewater, VA
Heather Holleman’s deep knowledge and application of Scripture, along with her memorable illustrations and use of contrasts, will propel you to a deepening and fulfilling relationship with Christ. You cannot complete this study without your heart and life being captivated and transformed!
Director of Women’s Ministry, Hunt Valley Church
Included in Christ is a fresh, applicable study for women. We all need to understand the significance of our “Savior Stories” and the toxicity of our “Shadow Narratives.” Heather’s expertise in the written word helps us to learn and remember His work on our behalf so that we can live in His story with victory.
Victoria Evans Peasley
Director of Women’s Ministries, Calvary Church of Valparaiso
Get ready for a fresh look at Paul’s powerful letter to the Ephesians. Be prepared to walk intimately with God along the way as He helps you see your own story from His perspective. You will love this study.
National speaker, talk radio host, and author of Your Powerful Prayers
Before I was even finished reading the introduction, I wanted to stand up and cheer! God's Word is so full and alive, and seeing these familiar words from Ephesians unpacked this way excites me!
Cru at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
With refreshing openness, Heather takes us through the book of Ephesians and skillfully guides us to identify the narratives that prevent us from experiencing who we are in Christ and to exchange them with our story of redemption. Included in Christ is a life-changing study for all who long to live in the fullness God designed.
Freelance writer, and photographer of No Matter What, It’s a Good Day When
A well-written study, like a good verb, can change a life. Each time I opened this beautiful book, I envisioned myself seated at a farm table interacting with Heather and Jesus, unpacking vivid verbs and journaling about what God was teaching me. I have been changed.
Kourtney Goerges Street
Director of Operations, Cru17
My heart, soul, and mind so needed the truths in this study of Ephesians. Included in Christ is for every woman who desires to get to the root of her calling and purpose. It’s Scripture-saturated, honest, soul-searching, beauty!
By Design podcast and blogger
Belonging and acceptance hold sacred space within many of our deepest longings and most painful stories. In Heather Holleman’s masterful work, we are invited into a creative and grace-filled journey toward a much sought-after place of rest, safety, grounding, and security. She has woven the gift of our stories, the power of imagery, and the elements of inductive Bible Study into a deep encounter with the metamorphic message in Ephesians that we are always and forever “included.”
Pastor of women and small groups, Cornerstone Church, Boulder, CO
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The topic is one all women can relate to. We all want to belong and be included. There are lies we have believed, and this study takes those lies and exposes them, giving us the truth in Scripture that has been there for us all along.
I highly recommend this study to any woman who struggles to belong, no matter what their level with the Bible is. It's a down-to-Earth study that includes places to journal thoughts and answer questions.
Honestly, it's everything I'm looking for in a Bible study. I really think you will learn and be inspired just as I am.
I received INCLUDED IN CHRIST from the publisher for review purposes, and all thoughts expressed here are my own.
To complete this study you will need, a Bible ( one that you love the most will benefit you the best and everyone has their preferred choice), something to write on and with. Even though this study comprises eight weeks, five days each, keep your own pace and what works best for you. God may be calling you to spend time on something in this book that might be relevant to what He wants to teach you and what you are going through. I guess what anyone needs in completing any Bible Study is an open mind and a willing heart. This book can be used in an individual, couple or even a small group study through the book of Ephesians.
Each chapter in this book will ask you to think carefully about the crucial verb in each section and to picture a scene in our mind about this verb, such as 'how does a person understanding this verb live?' You first begin to answer the question bu first identifying their opposites or contrasts to enhance how we make sense of our new identity in Christ. You will begin with a shadow narrative about the particular verb you are studying. How that applies to your life, what are you doing or should be doing and then using your five senses see if you can develop a short story about how He is currently writing about this verb in your life. These can be positive or negative and can be things you want to share or just keep to yourself. By the end of the study you will quickly identify ways your Shadow Narratives prevent you from fully embracing and fully inhabiting God's Word and you will have new stories to tell, your Savior story, to truly learn from the Scripture.
I received Included in Christ by Heather Holleman compliments of Moody Publishers and Side Door Communications. Each of this daily and weekly studies are to help you understand how you can become a new creation in Christ and embrace that and learn to let go of the old you, the former person who is trying to keep you from all Christ has in store for you. Think of it like spring cleaning for your soul and its about time to learn to let go of that excess baggage we've been carrying and lighten our loads and embrace the joy that comes from having a Christ centered life. These are perfect for small group studies or even a couple's study that will enrich your relationships in ways you never dreamed possible. I would give this a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
I received a digital copy from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.