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Posted February 29, 2012
Stuck No More!
Everyone gets ‘stuck’ at one time or another. We get bogged down in our daily lives by commitments, discontentment, and emotions. Sometimes we don’t even realize how stuck we are until we reach that critical moment in our lives when it suddenly feels like ‘it’s all too much!’Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Enter the Stuck study by Jennie Allen, which focuses on the “places we get stuck & the God who sets us free.” Similar to the grieving process, the process of getting unstuck involves coming full circle with our emotions – working our way from feeling broken, mad, discontent, scared, overwhelmed, and sad to getting our selves unstuck. In a series of eight lessons, Jennie shows us how to get honest with - and build trust in - God in order to fix what is not working in our lives. Even with a Master’s degree in theology, Jennie addresses her audience in a close, sit-down, mom-to-mom kind of way that is easy to relate to.
Although designed for small groups, the full impact of the Stuck study is not lost on those who wish to participate on an individual basis. As Jennie points out, “the goal of this study is to dig deep into Scripture and uncover how it applies to your life.” Whatever approach you take – introspectively or within the community of a group – Stuck provides participants with sound, straightforward perspective on allowing God to into our busy, crazy lives. What Stuck is not is a ‘quick fix’ method of solving problems. Rather, what you get out of it is what you put into it. Take time to do the work and study the Bible and in time you will get unstuck.
Each lesson involves watching a short, 10-15 minute video, working through the study questions and four application projects assigned to each lesson, and engaging in discussion (or reflection) using thought-provoking discussion cards in each of the ‘stuck’ areas.
From the perspective of a mom, Stuck is a wonderful study that has much relevance for the issues faced by today’s busy mom. The lessons are short, yet focused; packing a powerful punch to those of us feeling the pressure to be more or do more than what seems humanly possible.
*I was provided a copy of the Stuck study by Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted November 28, 2011
¿The vision is that we would see broken spots in our soul.¿ I received the leaders¿ kit for this group Bible study program that contains a leader¿s guide, a workbook, a DVD with eight video lessons, and a deck of conversation and scripture cards. The Bible Study Meeting: The leader is reminded to listen, not lecture, and not to counsel. The lessons, except lesson one, are to be completed at home before the meeting. To do the lessons properly I would say they would probably take 30-45 minutes at home to study and complete. The homework discussion at the meeting should last 20-30 minutes. The DVD lessons are very nicely produced. The speaker is engaging and the backgrounds in the video are very nice. The video and teaching should last 10-40 minutes. There is a deck of cards that contain questions used as conversation starters. The cards for that week are set out and each lady chooses her favorite one. The scripture card for the week is also placed out. The ground rules for the card session are: 1. Be concise 2. Keep sharing confidential 3. Rely on scripture for truth 4. No counseling Meeting attendees are reminded of these rules at each meeting. The women are then asked to ¿share¿ their answers to the question they chose. This session should last 30-75 minutes. I chose three questions randomly as examples: 1. What do you love more than God? 2. What things in your life right now get you down? 3. How has your past contributed to your stuck places? The material as a whole is very good and we all want to be able to say ¿It is well with my soul.¿ I would say that this Bible study would appeal to young women, immature Christians, and not-yet believers seeking God for their lives. Jennie talks quite a bit about her life and her children in the DVD lessons, and I think this age group would find it most engaging. It is very much a feelings based study, and some of the sharing the women are asked to participate in is very personal. The fact that the leader is to remind them at each meeting that the conversation is confidential means that it could be very damaging if that confidentiality isn¿t held. The print in both the leader¿s book and the study guide is gray instead of black and is very difficult to read. While lovely to look at, it is very hard on the eyes. My hope is that in later printings the print will be darkened. With only eight lessons, I think this is a good way for women who feel they are stuck in their spiritual lives and to receive a needed push to move forward.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2011
Jennie Allen has created a women's study that seems workable and effective. With many topics that are of interest to people of all ages, adding a theological spin to help guide discussions. The topics are pertinent and useful. It is well laid out, and easy to follow. The only comment I have that may be negative (or positive depending on your tradition) is that the language she uses for God is overbearingly masculine. In a woman's study especially, creative usage of the broader feminine aspects of God, as revealed to us through Scripture, would prove valuable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2011
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