Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God's Word

Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God's Word

by Denise J. Hughes


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Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God's Word by Denise J. Hughes

The Satisfaction You Seek
Dwells in the Depths of God's Word

Do you come to God's Word with questions and doubts that arise from life's disappointments and hurts?

Denise J. Hughes, author of the Word Writers Bible study series, has been there, yet she's found a peace that runs deeper than her circumstances. In Deeper Waters, she invites you to...

  • learn to hear God's voice through the pages of His Word
  • discover a joy you never thought possible when reading the Bible
  • make connections in Scripture that transform your way of thinking and living

You don't have to be in seminary to be a serious student of the Bible. God's Word is for everyone. Dive in and experience the joy that awaits in deeper waters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736968164
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 807,751
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Denise J. Hughes is the author of the Word Writers Bible study series. An adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, she is also the editorial coordinator for (in)courage and a popular blogger and speaker. She lives with her husband and three kids in the Los Angeles area. Follow her at and on Instagram @DeniseJHughes.

Table of Contents

The Voice We Hear 9

Part 1 Determining in Your Heart: Ezra had determined in his heart… Ezra 7:10

1 The Exile We Know 19

2 The Lament We Feel 29

3 The Decision We Make 35

4 The Challenges We Face 43

Part 2 To Study God's Word: … to study the law of the Lord… Ezra 7:10

5 The Water We Need 53

6 The Way We Wait 63

7 The Time We Spend 73

8 The Words We Write 85

9 The Prayers We Keep 93

Part 3 To Obey God's Voice: … to obey it… Ezra 7:10

10 The Truth We Live 107

11 The Compass We Follow 117

12 The Failure We Grieve 125

13 The Purpose We Reclaim 137

14 The Grace We Give 151

Part 4 To Teach God's Precepts: … and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel… Ezra 7:10

15 The Women We Welcome 163

16 The Roots We Plant 173

17 The Story We Share 181

18 The Song We Sing 193

Epilogue - Starting Today

Read It: 365-Day Bible Reading Plan 203

Write It: Psalm 119 215

Pray It: Prayers in the Bible 239

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 247

About the Author 249

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Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God's Word 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
YlvaSchauster More than 1 year ago
In "Deeper Waters", Denise J. Hughes shares how God's Word has shaped and influenced her life. By using details from her personal story, she illustrates the importance of reading your Bible often and how she found comfort in reading it. She also gives tips on how to read the Bible, explains different methods and provides a plan on how to read through the Bible in 365 days at the end of the book. I really, really liked this book. Denise's story was very inspiring and I could often relate to her. She accomplishes to stirr a desire in the reader to dive into God's Word and become more familiar with it. Her style was also easy to read and very engaging. I found the plan in the back of the book very helpful to read through one's Bible in one year, too. I would recommend this book to anyone who's wanted to get (back) to reading their Bible for some time or simply enjoys inspiring stories from real life.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters is a normal devotional. It starts off with Scripture verses, then it goes into a story that talks about the devotional and he talked in depth – deeper in depth than the original deep water. The stories are great and long which I like very much. It teaches you a few things along the way . It also makes you laugh, what a book. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God’s Word, by Denise J. Hughes, offers personal insight and practical ideas that the reader can easily use to study the Bible more effectively and intentionally. Abounding with grace and encouragement, this book is well-written and very engaging. The helpful tips included in this book are extremely worthwhile for anyone who desires to make the most of the time they spend reading and studying the Bible. I appreciated how this book was organized into thematic sections. I also appreciated that the ideas presented in the book were applicable, helpful, and edifying, rather than being overwhelming or burdensome. I came to the end of the book with an understanding of several practical Bible study techniques that I can implement immediately. Deeper Waters is heart-felt and sincere. It is grounded in a love for the life-giving truth of God’s Word. It is thoughtful, insightful, practical, and uplifting. I plan to reread this book often, and recommend it to others whenever I have the opportunity. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated in the review, whether positive or negative, are entirely my own.
Caryn-C More than 1 year ago
In her new book, "Deeper Waters", Denise Hughes had me at this: "I've never struggled to believe God is real, but I've struggled mightily to believe He is trustworthy." I highly recommend this book to *anyone* who can relate to that statement! Denise shares her personal story and why she had trust issues with God along with what she did to come to the place of knowing that God IS trustworthy and that He had her all along. She explains to the reader how to do more than just read the Bible by sharing ways to gain understanding, including how to study and be deeply rooted in God's Word. Deeper Waters is a beautifully written addition to her devotional Word Writers series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters (have paperback) is now my bible’s companion as resource and reminder. Denise J. Hughes reminds us again by providing guidance and simple instructions on how we would know God’s voice. Simply put in order to know His voice we need to know his Word. By knowing His Word and applying it in prayer especially needed during life’s difficult circumstances and challenges that we will all face eventually. Denise provides numerous examples of her own life’s journey. So have your Bible, notebook, highlighter and colored pens ready because she wastes no time in how you can do so as well. Read It! Write It! Pray it and RAP… you have to get the book in order to find out what these all mean. Be sure to invite a friend or two.
TiffanyAn More than 1 year ago
Want to go deeper in your faith with God? From the person who believes but simply hasn’t begun to read the Bible on their own to the ones that face questions about life’s trials that make it hard to believe, Deeper Waters is for you! Learn to take your next step in knowing God more, so you can trust Him more and know Him better and more personally with tips for how to truly go deeper in your Bible study, your faith, and in daily life. In this book, Denise Hughes dares to admit the struggle people often have when they face real-life troubles that platitudes don’t fix and the resulting questions about faith. She doesn’t gloss over the difficulty, but weaves her story in with the actions to take that can offer help in finding peace through it as it did for her. Even if your issue is different, maybe a shallow reliance on only Sunday sermons, but you’re ready for more, then hang on for the rest of the book because she shares practical ways to make your faith personal and alive. This is a great blend of personal story and application as Denise uses her journey to guide you to discover that you can find joy in your faith and change your daily living. She includes tips and activities, too. Want a deeper faith? Dive in to Deeper Waters!!
GrdmaRonda More than 1 year ago
This book has touched my heart and soul. Denise J. Hughes has shared her story and given us a guide to bring us closer to God through His life changing Word. Deeper Waters is a treasure of a book that leads us to intimately read, write and learn the Bible in a personal, life-transforming way. I will always keep this book near to re-read, refer to and use through-out life's journey.
JulieMcD More than 1 year ago
Do you ever read a book and find yourself needing to absorb and re-absorb its instruction? Like everything is clicking; it resonates with your soul. Deeper Waters is that book. It is the book one needs to have, to mark up, and to refer back to as we spend our time leaning into the arms and word of God. I read this with sticky tabs and highlighter in hand because there is so much worth soaking in and sharing and I took so many notes! Notes for me, notes to share with friends, notes to follow in my own devotional and Bible reading time. Denise Hughes shares her own faith walk and guides all of us through the often murky waters of our own faith walks with beautiful words and practical, yet encouraging nudges for everyone seeking a closer relationship with Jesus.
DebFoster More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best, most helpful books I've read in a very long time...and one that I will keep on the shelf to keep referring back to. Who knew there was so much encouragement and instruction in the book of Ezra?! While it isn't a specific study of Ezra, the author uses Ezra as an inspirational backdrop and an effective compass to point the reader in the right direction for digging deeper into scripture. Most books either tell a story or give instruction. This book is a perfect blend, combining glimpses of Denise's personal hurts, family tragedies, wrong beliefs, and struggles with her real life experience. It then offers practical advice and steps to learning and claiming truth from God's word and applying them to our own lives. It is autobiographical, narrative, and instructive all in one book! It is a nice size, good feeling, inviting-to-look-at book. (Maybe that isn't important to some people but I love the way a book feels and how inviting and easy to read the pages are.) It is divided into four parts which flow beautifully: 1. Determining in Your Heart... 2. To Study God's Word... 3. To Obey God's Voice...4. To Teach God's Precepts. Again, I was amazed at the writer’s gift to be able to parallel the book of Ezra and to pull out such a useful tool to encourage a deeper walk in the scriptures. It then offers a reading plan and room to write scriptures in the back. If you have ever felt like you were so new to the scriptures that you didn't know where to begin studying, this book is for you. If you're a lifelong learner but need fresh direction and motivation, this book is for you. If you're somewhere in between or if you're looking for a way to encourage a friend, this book is for you. If I could sum it up in one sentence, I would use the author's own words from page 126: "This book is about determining in our hearts to study God's Word and obey God's voice because, when we do, we're set free from the brokenness that binds us and the old sinful patterns that permeate our choices." Can I get an "Amen!"?
Leah_S_Loy More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters by Denise J. Hughes is a book that will transform your life and help you realize the importance of the Bible in your life. Her way of storytelling connects to anyone who reads this book.  She gives us such wonderful examples and ideas of not only how to gain the most from reading the Bible, but also the importance of why we need to read it and what we gain by doing so.  Denise has a heart for God’s Word, and to see women connect across the generations. This book is vital for anyone, no matter if they are new or seasoned in their faith, or wondering what the importance is behind reading the Bible. Denise has a beautiful way of expressing the role the Lord's truths and promises play as He speaks to our everyday lives. This book will guide you in such a way that will draw you closer to the Lord and how to walk WITH Him every step of your life! I am blessed to have been a part of the launch team and would highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a reset of their spiritual life and to get back on the path the Lord has set for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has honestly changed my relationship with how I read my Bible. Denise's honest journey has completely inspired me and drawn me into a closer walk with God. I am so thankful for this beautifully written book.
LisaAppelo More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters is a mix of memoir alongside practical methods to dig deep into God's Word. Denise Hughes takes us into her own story of suffering and crisis of belief. This book is chock full of ways and helps to really study the Bible. She shares ways to mine out truth that's relevant and to hear God direct and guide through His Word. It's both a why-to and a how-to study the Bible. So happy to have this book as a resource and reference for a lifetime of rich Bible study.
MeiAu More than 1 year ago
Every now and then, the words in a book affect us so immensely it completely changes our view of lives. This is one of those books for me. Denise shares a tragic event early in her childhood that forever changed her family. In the midst of her questions and struggles, she started reading the Word of God in the chapel of a hospital. The words were confusing to a young child but slowly and surely the God of the universe reached down and spoke profoundly to her young heart. Her many stories are shared with tenderness and grace. Over the years, God revealed Himself to Denise in significant ways and she falls deeply in love with not only His Word, but the Writer Himself. This book is not just about Denise’s story; it is about God’s love story for all of us and His desire to heal us from our brokenness. Denise has a beautiful way of illustrating how scripture applies to our daily lives. Her writing is deeply personal and immersed in the truth of His Word. I love Denise’s heart to inspire women to gather in community, share our stories and encourage one another with His truth and love. Many times, I felt as though Denise was sitting across the table from me softly sharing the beauty of a life deeply rooted in His Word. It's a memoir/devotional/guide all wrapped up in one book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters draws you in with great storytelling of Denise's personal life. However, it does not leave you stranded there. She shares how the Word of God was not only words, but gave her access to the very heart of God. While many memoirs share the author's story, Denise writes so that we know how to make God's word real in our own lives. If finding a deeper relationship with the God who reveals Himself in Scripture is what you are searching for, you will want to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Denise really opened up my heart through her writings in this book. This book made me dig into the deepest parts of myself and explore my relationship with Jesus. I thought I knew Jesus for years but Denise helped me see I didn't. She helped me grow into a relstionship with our Heavenly Father that cannot be explained. I will buy and refer this book for and to friends and family.
Gail Bones More than 1 year ago
Denise Hughes weaves personal stories of tragedies and trials led her to questions and doubts about her faith. God reassured her of his love and drew her deeper into a disciplined, regular study of his Word as a way to overcome. She is an excellent writer and a great storyteller. You will find this book both enjoyable and practical.
BeckyKeife More than 1 year ago
A few weeks ago my plane was delayed on the tarmac of LAX for an extra two hours. The thing that turned this frustrating inconvenience into a blessing was that I had extra time to read this book. And today it launches into the world--and I know it will be a blessing to anyone who reads it. Denise J. Hughes is a gifted Bible teacher who is passionate about the Word and bringing women together. Deeper Waters shares her personal experience of the life-changing truth of God's Word while equipping readers in very practical ways to learn how to read and study the Bible and pray. If you've walked a hard road, if you've ever questioned God's goodness, if you feel intimated by the Bible or don't know where to start, Deeper Waters is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a timely book! Denise J. Hughes shares impactful stories of heartache and times she questioned those around her. We can all relate to her story, her journey and life. The underlying theme of this "deep" and relevant book is that we will know God's voice when we know His Word. Denise beautifully shares that we are drawn by a voice of beauty and we are held by a voice of truth. But not every beautiful voice will hold truth. In this life, a variety of voices will most certainly call to us and beg for our attention. My favorite quote of hers is: "We'll find our way when we choose to listen to the voice of a trusted Friend." Keep this book nearby!
tickledpinktammy More than 1 year ago
I have followed this author and done a Word Writer study of hers, but this book was something else! The writing is so good. I felt like we were sitting across from each other sipping tea. Her transparency in sharing personal experiences made you understand where she's been and admire where she comes from in her writings. Many of her suggestions for taking my study of the Word of God to a deeper and personal level, I look forward to starting soon. I highly recommend this book if you are seeking a more fulfilling relationship with God. I wanted to pass it to a friend, but I have so much underlining and notes in margins that I will need to purchase one to give my friend now! FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review. I was not asked by the publisher nor the author for anything in return. I have given my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. There is so much wisdom within its pages that it was difficult to take it all in after one reading. I will read, and refer to it, again and again. I have quoted various sections to anyone who will listen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Today (September 1st) thousands of people in Texas are literally surrounded by deep waters. Denise J. Hughes has written a book filled with insight for those walking through difficult times--losses, cancer, divorce, etc. When we face circumstances where we question if God is there or if He even cares, Denise shows us how to find the answers in God's Word. But this is not a book filled with cliches or platitudes. Denise has been in the trenches of grief and doubt and found a way through. We can discover who God really is only by going deeper into His Word and Denise shares specific ways we can study scripture with understanding. I received this book as an advance copy, but my review is completely honest. I loved this book.
ADelightfulGlow More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters is beautiful and poignant and points you to dig deeper into the Word of God. Denise J. Hughes shares stories and questions and lessons from her life that led her to go deep into the Word and seek out God and her journey found her falling in love with Him, His Word and studying to know Him more. She has a heart to encourage everyone to go deeper and dwell with God. I love how Denise shares about writing out the Word and how much it has impacted her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeper Waters is the story of how God broke through the worries, fears, and distractions of an ordinary woman's life and created in her a thirsty passion for Him that runs deep. Denise shares her journey with others in hopes that they too will seek out the deeper waters of God's love. Reading this book is like sitting with a dear friend. Denise’s sweet, gentle voice comes through on each page. If you are looking for a book to rekindle your passion for the word of God, this is a must-read.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! I had my highlighter out the whole time I was reading it and there's more green on the pages then white. That's how much I gleaned out of this book. Denise shares her heart openly, which makes this book really easy and enjoyable to read. She shares her own journey of getting deeper into the Word of God and then shares what she learned along the way with us so we can get more out of the Bible as well. I have read other books on how to study the Bible but this is the absolute best book I've ever read for giving lots of ideas and information. She gives us the tools to share what we've learned with other women. She shares why it's so important to know God more deeply through His Word. It's all SO good! I gained so much from this book. It's a book I'm keeping in my quiet time basket because I'm referring it time and again as I study the Word of God. Plus, there are prayers in the back as well as a Bible reading plan. It's the perfect book for making your time with the Lord really count. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author and publisher
Rachel Swanson More than 1 year ago
With a depth of wisdom beyond her years, and a gifted craft of writing, you will get sucked into this book within the first page of her raw and emotionally captivating story. Part memoir, part biblical study, this is a "no fluff" book. She provides the raw and real truth as she walks you through her own struggles to believe, truly believe, in the truth of God's character.