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Trusting God for Everything--Psalm 23: A Personal Retreat Guide (Prayer Retreat Guides) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Most Christians know this Psalm by heart, although Johnson argues that few of us know the intent of the psalmist who wrote it.
The line "I shall not want" is also sometimes translated as "I have all that I need" or "I want for nothing". Johnson asserts that this line is how we should live our lives in the presence of God. With God at our sides and in our hearts, and trust in God that He will provide, we can be certain that our needs will be met in His time.
Johnson takes the reader step by step to show how God provides for everything in our lives and that God will lead us to where we need to be, together with us always. Johnson provides questions for the reader to reflect upon.
This is a beautiful lesson, especially in the difficult economic climate of today.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NavPress, the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
This book is designed for a ladies retreat study with seven sessions taking you through Psalm 23. In this study, you don't just read the verses and read a little bit about each verse, you read, and re-read over and over again. After you read the verses, you meditate on what you have read, you immerse yourself into Gods message to you. You read and understand the meaning of the words, the theme of the scriptures you read, and you picture the passage you have read. Then you respond to God's message to you and you rest in the message God has given you. Throughout each lesson there are lots of questions to answer which I love, because I seem to understand so much more when there are questions about what I've read to answer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this study, though I didn't do the study in a retreat setting, I studied through the book on my own. This is one great thing about this book. It can be used many ways, not just the retreat setting it was designed for. The author so wonderfully designed this book breaking down each chapter and each section in the chapters to make the study more profitable to those using it. She did the planning work for us, we just need the book, along with our Bibles and start studying. This book is a valuable resource for any library as well. I encourage ladies to seriously check out this book for themselves, and request it for your next Bible study.
I received this book free from NavPress to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55
Each chapter confirmed the previous chapter's message, which was basically growing closer to God through understanding His Word and letting it seep into your soul in a way that that Scripture had not previously done. Psalm 23 was the main Scripture presented.
I enjoyed the history of Psalm 23 as well as the explanation of the individual words and their original meanings. I also appreciated the consistency of each chapter: Opening to God's Message, Immersed in God's Message, Responding to God's Word and Resting with God in the Message. I also found the many questions for personal exploration interesting and helpful for personal introspection.
This book would be a good start for someone who needs to take a break from life and get back to God. The guide may also be good for a few women to use together if even just for a walk in the park as the guide suggested.
There were several areas of the guide I found concerning. I noticed a few references with a New Age undertone. One was to imagine God speaking to me and what color would I imagine during that interaction? I liken that visualization exercise with the New Age concept of Chakra. Imagining a conversation with God and having to visualize a color is not a biblical concept. God does not need anything added unto Himself as He is the epitomy of color.
Also, I was to imagine an empty chair next to me and God sitting in it.Read more ›
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In the early pages of this book, Johnson differentiates the 23rd Psalm from the other psalms by calling it a "confidence" psalm---While most psalms are prayers born out of despair... Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Fylvia Fowler Kline
This seven session retreat guide takes you through the inner workings of Psalm 23. You repeat portions of the passage in each session gaining an insightful familiarity with it. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Stephanie Cherry
I absolutely loved this book. It was a discipline to set aside very quiet, undivided time to do this book (with five kids in the house). However, the benefits were amazing. Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by adayriddle
This 94 page retreat guide is set up in 7 chapters that explore the 23rd Psalm. It is designed to read slowly in a quiet retreat like place. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
In Trusting God for Everything: Psalm 23, Jan Johnson helps the reader focus on the text of Psalm 23 and guides the reader to apply this section of scripture to their life. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by KMiller
This book by Jan Johnson is just a small looking book, fewer than one hundred pages, but it is a valuable Bible study tool, a tool to help one draw near to God. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by sc2424
This book is called "A Personal Retreat Guide". It is the first book of its kind that I have read. I thought it was a Bible study, but it really is something different than... Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by coffeyreader
There are two points to immediately make about this book, one is that it is a study guide and the second is that it invites interaction with what the author phrases as `questions... Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Donald M. Macdonald