- Series: Drawn In Bible Study
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: NavPress (June 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631467859
- ISBN-13: 978-1631467851
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother (Drawn In Bible Study) Paperback – June 20, 2017
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Color with Friends. Be drawn in to scripture
Deepen your friendships as you gather around Scripture for coloring and conversation. Drawn In offers simple four-week Bible studies—perfect for groups or personal devotions. Coloring quiets your heart and mind so you can enter fully into Scripture’s stories. The Bible’s passion and personality come through in The Message, surprising new and long-time Bible readers alike. Discover the delight of being Drawn In.
More than 24 images to color in each study including full-page illustrations.
Bright white paper, thick enough to eliminate bleed through - this is not Bible paper.
Inspiring questions to help you connect with the Scripture.
Ample space to write in, journal, and fill with your own illustrations.
Select passages from The Message Bible awaken your heart to the Word of God.
Notes from Eugene Peterson provide historical background and insights.
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I like how not only does it give the scripture but some notes from Eugene Peterson who created the Message version. It is designed to be used as either a personal study or for groups so its pretty versatile.
There are 3 in the Drawn In series right now: Mary, Ruth, and Esther. I hope he does more of these types of studies on other Bible figures. Maybe even other Bible women. It's definitely different and I really enjoyed going through it.
My 4-star rating regrettably comes because the tightly bound paperback doesn’t lay flat, which makes it clumsy if you want to color the illustrations as intended. Nevertheless, the overall content of this highly recommended book makes an insightful, innovative, spirit-filled way to enliven Bible study and get better acquainted with Jesus’ Mother Mary.
Using the Message translation, Peterson guides us to notice details in the story to ponder in our own hearts what Mary might have been thinking and feeling. Then we're asked to see how these words affect our own lives today. Coloring pages are included so we can pause and contemplate the ideas we're studying. A helpful guide to facilitating a Drawn In Bible study makes up the final chapter.
As a Catholic, I was immediately drawn to this book on Mary, and within the scope of an introductory four-week Protestant study, it delivered what it promised. Using the Message gives a slightly different perspective on the words we may have become overly familiar with, but the scripture references are provided if we want to use a more traditional translation for our study. The price is also attractive to small groups on a budget. After completing this study, Catholics who would like a more in-depth look at Mary might want to look at studies by Edward Sri or Scott Hahn.
Reviewer: Alice Berger
Tyndale provided a free review copy in exchange for my honest review.
The books are roughly 5" x 8".
Bible Study: There are four main sessions that include scripture from The Message Bible, devotional thoughts by Eugene Peterson, questions for discussion, and a prayer. Coloring pages are woven throughout the session. There are also notes at the end of the book to guide someone in how to effectively lead the study.
Why include coloring pages? The author says "the act of coloring will help your orienting response, the brain function that allows you to filter out background distractions and attend to the matter at hand...By coloring as you engage in this Bible study, you'll be more attentive to what the Scriptures have to teach you." It gives your hands something to do while your mind is meditating on the Word.
What to color with? You could use colored pencils, but only if they are very sharp. Many designs have very tight spaces. I tried using gel pens, and they work well. The pages are thick enough that the ink does not bleed through the paper. However, if the ink is still wet when you turn the page, it can transfer to the following page. This could create a problem if you are coloring bits of multiple pages in a short amount of time.
If you like coloring, this type of Bible Study is a new and interesting option!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.