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Joshua: The Power of God's Promises (Lifeguide Bible Studies) Paperback – February 22, 1999
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Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
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The booklet is designed as a group exercise, hence the price of £3.50 a copy. It has leadership notes in the back for various questions and group discussions/ice breakers and personal reflection questions at the start of each section. Following this, there are usually 12 questions and a 'now and later' section, connecting the theme to other passages.
Although this format is good, and the questions cover the chapters in depth (except boring listy bits), the sections can be a little long for 1.5hr sessions, and it really does require a disciplined group leader to circumvent digressions.
Saying all this, the booklet is adept at exploring Joshua and does give you a good feel for the book as a whole. To an extent, it's slightly easier to see why certain things happen in Joshua at the end and the whole 'ethnic cleansing' angle, is slightly more understandable when you hear of Rahab, and the wickedness of the Canaanites.
As a conclusion I would say this booklet provides a good group study framework for the book of Joshua and does engage you in exploring it. However, as it provides little in the way of apologetics and as Joshua is a rather nasty book anyway, it'd probably be best avoided unless you feel called to tackle it as a group. A good alternative would be either the cover-to-cover booklet for Phillipians, or the Steps to Freedom in Christ course, both of which avoid the more difficult and thorny parts of belief.