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Suggestions for Using This Study 7
Chapter 1 The Faithfulness of God 11
Chapter 2 Encountering Doubt 19
Chapter 3 The Gift of God 27
Chapter 4 Faith in Action 35
Chapter 5 Walking by Faith 43
Chapter 6 The Shield of Faith 51
Chapter 7 The Testing of Faith 59
Chapter 8 Faith and Prayer 67
Chapter 9 The Work of Faith 75
Chapter 10 Heroes of the Faith 83
Chapter 11 Keeping the Faith 93
About the Author 105
Posted October 18, 2010
In her book, Becoming a Woman of Faith, Cynthia Heald provides modern women with a scriptural study that will help them grow and develop their faith. While the initial conversion experience is a welcome one, believers often fall away as they experience the troubles of daily life. Through a series of subject based readings, Heald guides women through the process of learning the Bible's truths about God's faithfulness and love. Along with scriptural readings, Heald also gives readers quotes from Christian writers and her own insights so that women can gain a full understanding of scripture and the development of faith.
Although many Bible studies can be overly intellectual, Cynthia Heald gives modern women a series of readings that will give them the means to develop a mature faith that will withstand trials. In addition, because the studies focus on the love and faithfulness of God for us, they also instill hope in people who are often troubled in today's society. While the new Christian will be able to gain much from this book, even the Christian with many years since their conversion will be able to learn from these studies and develop their own faith and personal relationship with God. A woman who studiously reads Cynthia Heald's book will grow their own knowledge of scripture and faith.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted September 27, 2010
Becoming a Woman of Faith, is the newest volume in Cynthia Heald's series of bible studies from Navpress publishers. To make the most of this book, "all you need is a bible, writing tool and an expectant heart", according to the book. Appropriate for individual or group study, this volume is marketed to be an 11 week bible study course- in which one chapter is covered each week until completeion. Each of the 11 chapters covers one aspect or theme concerning the issue of strengthening one's faith. For individual study taking 11 weeks to complete this book may be too long; one chapter each day would be a sufficent amount of time to dedicate and to digest the material of each chapter topic. It is not intended that this book be read cover to cover in its entirety in one sitting. It is important that the reader interact/ react to the passages, and questions in order to get the most out of this study. There is room to write down one's thoughts - albeit, not enough room. Perhaps having a journal with extra space would be more appropriate to dedicate enough room to write down thoughtful responses and personal reflections.
Faith is often criticised by skeptics who lack faith. This book offers a concrete definition of faith, solidifying the reality of faith from the realm of fantasy to objectivity. This book assumes the reader already has some degree of faith, and that she has already placed her faith in God. This study guides the reader to her own understanding by providing applicable biblical verses and thoughts for which the reader can reflect upon. As a blogger for Navpress publishers I recieved a free copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
I just finished this Bible Study this morning. It is the second one that I've done by Cynthia Heald in recent months. I was so excited to begin it. And I know why. Cynthia Heald is a wise woman. This Bible Study is similar to the Becoming a Woman of Grace study. It is more focused on God's Word than on Mrs. Heald giving her thoughts about the Word. And I appreciate that. But, I love what she has to share. Her thoughts are candid and honest and encouraging. The quotes she includes are worth remembering and contemplating. This study addresses doubt, testing, walking by faith, and staying strong in our faith.
The chapter on doubt was especially good. I'd like to include a sample of how she writes...
"After many years of walking with the Lord, I have experienced countless testings. I can say that with every test came the way of escape--a whispered Scripture in my heart to guide or encourage me or a check in my spirit to turn away from what I was about to do. I was given a way out, but it was always my choice whether or not to take it. If you find yourself telling God that the testing is too great or it's overwhelming you, perhaps it's a signal that you are trying to face it in your own strength instead of His. In God's mysterious way, He sets a limit on the test--God will allow only what will strengthen your faith, not tear it down, if you turn to Him for help." p.65 I like how she puts things. It's straight to the point, but not watered down.
"I become so focused on myself and the strength I need to live daily that I forget that "He will cover you with his feathers...His faithful promises are your armor and protection." Psalm 91:4 NLT"" p.56 She is honest about her own heart and her own struggles.
And I loved these quotes from the chapter about doubt...
"In dealing with the arrogant asserter of doubt, it is not the right method to tell him to stop doubting. It is rather the right method to tell him to go on doubting, to doubt a little more, to doubt every day newer and wilder things in the universe, until at last, by some strange enlightenment, he may begin to doubt himself. G.K. Chesterton " p.25
"A doubting temper, fond of dwelling on difficulties and objections, is fatal to unity of mind, heart, and will. doubts, if they assail you, are neither to be timidly shrunk from nor idly played with, but honestly faced and fought. But the grand secret of conviction is to dwell first and constantly on the positive evidence of truth. E.R. Conder and W. Clarkson" p.21
This Bible study has encouraged me so much this past month and challenged me to remember the truths I know about what it means to walk by faith--to live out my faith--and to seek to glorify God daily by having faith in Him.
The only thing that puzzled me is why she chose to quote from the NLT when she quoted from scripture. It seems that a lot of studies are quoting it these days and I'm not crazy about it because the NLT did go the way of gender neutral language (from what I understand--I don't have a copy of it) and it is much more of a paraphrase than other versions of the Bible. It doesn't take away from this study for me though because she only quotes scripture once in a while. Almost all of the time, it is for the reader to look up the scripture for herself.
I do highly recommend this study. It is the best Bible study series for women that I've done in a long time. I did receive this book as a complimen
Posted February 16, 2010
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