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Monday, July 28, 2014

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with both our Hearts and our Minds

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women's Bible studies.  She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts.  Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in the Dallas, TX area.

You can connect with Jen via her blog found at as well as The Village Blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Jen also writes often at The Gospel Coalition.

We all know it's important to study God's Word.  But sometimes it's hard to know where to start.  What's more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture.  How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible?

Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God's Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.

My Thoughts:
I was blessed to receive a complimentary pre-release copy of Women of the Word for the purpose of review from Janni Firestone, publicist at Crossway.  Blessed?  Blessed because after reviewing this book, I believe it could possibly radically transform the way women read and study their Bible.  The results of such transformation would reach into homes and women's ministries across the country paving the way for a clearer understanding of Who God is...knowing Him and making Him known.
Wilkin's passion is to increase Bible literacy among women.  The best part about her book is that it presents more than just one more "formula" for getting in a little bit of Bible reading each day.  Nor is it another guilt laden "sermon" about how we need to be reading our Bible more and how bad we are if we aren't doing so.
With the patience of a faithful friend coupled with the concern that women learn to give God's Word more than a passing glance out of a felt obligation, Wilkin points readers to the main objective of reading the know God.
"It has been said that we become what we behold.  I believe there is nothing more transformative to our lives than beholding God in His Word.  After all, how can we conform to the image of a God we have not beheld?"  
"We must read and study the Bible with our ears trained on hearing God's declaration of himself."
"Seeing who He is shows me who I am in a true light.  A vision of God high and lifted up reveals to me my sin and increases my love for him.  Grief and love lead to genuine repentance, and I begin to be conformed to the image of the One I behold."
Wilkin spends the bulk of the book fleshing out the five P's of Bible study:

  • Study with Purpose
  • Study with Perspective
  • Study with Patience
  • Study with Process
  • Study with Prayer
Women of the Word is only around 155 pages long, but don't let it's length mask it's depth.  I would highly recommend this book for your next Women's Ministry study.  The book releases July 31, 2014.  Go Here or Here and pre-order yours today!

You can read an excerpt HERE.