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Suggestions for Using This Study 9
The Father and the Child 13
Chapter 1 The Supremacy of Love 15
Chapter 2 A New Commandment 23
Chapter 3 The Source of Love 31
Chapter 4 Bearing Fruit 39
Chapter 5 The Character of Love 47
Chapter 6 Loving the Saints 53
Chapter 7 Love in Action 61
Chapter 8 Love Forgives 69
Chapter 9 Love Reconciles 77
Chapter 10 Loving Words 87
Chapter 11 Love Never Fails 97
The Father and the Child 104
About the Author 109
Posted June 24, 2010
Often books about love address one aspect of loving--the act itself, but not what is behind the love. It is the heart that is behind the love that matters and this is what Cynthia Heald digs into in this study. She addresses what love is, what it looks like, what it means to love one another, forgiving one another and reconciling, as well as how to speak to one another in love. I was blessed by this study as I have been by the others studies I have done by her. Her studies point you to the Word not to yourself or to popular psychology. This study would be a wonderful one to do to by yourself or with a Bible study. Often I find that small groups actually do "book" studies with questions attached that point people to the Word and to their own hearts and experiences. I would describe this book as one that points you to the heart of God--a loving heart. This study focuses much more on reading the Word than Ms. Heald's words. There are wonderful quotes and short stories which she shares, but the majority of the study is questions and reading the Bible to see what it says.
I use Cynthia Heald's Becoming a Woman of series as part of my morning devotionals and I highly recommend them. They are biblical and don't read into the Word and infer things. It is hard to find good Bible studies that don't ask you to infer how the people in the Bible are feeling or expand what the Bible says. But, Cynthia Heald doesn't do that in her studies. She points you to the Word and has you read a lot of passages in the Bible (sometimes singular verses, but also a lot of passages). This one did include a lot more verses than passages, whereas the other books I've gone through had me look up a lot more passages.
I enjoyed this study and I hope it will encourage you if you go through it!
Please note that I recieved a complimentary copy of this book for review from NavPress.
Posted June 20, 2010
As far as Bible studies go "Becoming a Woman Who Loves" is a solid effort. I was given the opportunity from NavPress to review the study. I did this study on my own and must admit that while I could see great value in it for someone who really struggles with being loving this study was pretty typical. It used and sited all the verses you would expect. The questions posed are easily answered with shallow, let me get though this responses.
I did like the general set up and pacing of the study. Where I would recommend this book highly is at a woman's Bible study. A group of woman going though it together that could discuss the points and passages a bit deeper I think would benefit more then doing the study solo. It also creates accountability in putting into practice what the study addresses, walking in love.
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Posted May 24, 2010
Becoming a Woman who Loves by Cynthia Heald is a short, eleven chapter Bible study, that focuses on loving how Jesus loved. Each chapter uses numerous scriptures to show how important love is for a child of God. It gives you questions to think about and time for reflection. I liked that this book didn't just give you the scripture and allow you to read it out of the book, you had to look it up and search through the scriptures yourself. It also gave ample space to write out scriptures and thoughts. I found it would be an excellent resource as a personal study guide or to do in a small group setting.
*Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Navpress. I was not required to write a positive review.*
Posted December 30, 2010
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