Women Of The Word And A Book Giveaway

know God's and His Word I have a passion for God’s Word, to study and help other women do the same.

Our study should always be about getting to know God and what He says. Too many times we make it about knowing ourselves more, changing our circumstances or to make us feel better. I keep thinking about Paul’s words- “that I may know Him…”!

We only get to know Him by studying His Word!  When our Bible study focuses on God it will transform our heart by training our mind because it places Him at the center of the story- not us.

I just read a great book by Jen Wilkin- Women of the Word- How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.

In her book she lists 6 reasons why so many women feel that their Bible study or time with the Lord is unproductive. She says they approach their study and time with the Lord in the following ways:

1. The Xanax Approach

This approach treats the Bible as if it exists to make us feel better. The danger in this is it makes the Bible a book about me. I ask how the Bible can serve me, rather than how I can serve the God it proclaims.

2. The Pinball Approach

This approach just flips to a passage and read whatever I turn to, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to me. The problem is the Bible was not meant to be read that way. It gives no thought to cultural, historical, or textual context, authorship or original intent of the passage in question.

3. The Magic 8 Ball Approach

I have a question- should I marry this person, go here, apply for that job, etc…I open the Bible, put my finger to a passage and see if the signs point to yes. The problem is the Bible is not a magical book and it does not serve our whims, or is its primary function to answer our questions. This misconstrues the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Word, demanding that the Bible tells us what to do rather than who to be.

4. The Personal Shopper Approach

If I want to be godly women or how to deal with self-esteem issues but I don’t know where to find the verses about that so I let ____________ (a famous Bible teacher) do the legwork for me.  The problem in this approach is that it doesn’t help us build ownership of Scripture. Much like the pinball approach we ricochet from passage to passage getting only the fragments. Topical studies do help us to grow but it should not be all we do. They are a great supplement to Bible study, not a substitute. If that is all we do we will miss out on the richness of learning a book of the Bible from start to finish.

5. The Telephone Game Approach

This is when all we read are books about the Bible and not the Bible itself.  The problem is we can quote the writer and not the Scripture. It should not substitute our own study. Just as topical studies, we need to use these books as supplements to our study.

6. The Jack Sprat Approach

This is picky-eating. Only reading and studying the New Testament and maybe Psalms and Proverbs. Avoiding the Old Testament or only reading about the characters I like or can identify with such as Esther or Ruth.

The problem is All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable- all of it. We need a balanced diet of the word. A well rounded approach to Bible study challenges us to learn the full counsel of God’s Word.

Do you see anything familiar in these approaches?

I know I have been guilty of all of them in the past. My study, growth and knowledge have grown and continues to grow since I started inductive Bible study many years ago through Precepts. There is so much to learn and study- the more you learn the more you want to know.

Jen shows you how to study inductively taking you through 5 P’s of sound study:

Purpose, Perspective, Patience, Process and Prayer.

Reading this book and applying what she shares about studying scripture will help you to dig into the rich truths of who God is from all of Scripture , to follow and serve Him.

I am giving away a free copy of this book in the link below.

women of the word book

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

8 Responses to Women Of The Word And A Book Giveaway

  1. I have been doing my own personal Bible Study and Finish Romans that I did (January 2013 to May 2014). Now, I am currently studying in the Letter of 1st John. I adopted the method through How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur. I need to improve on that and be able to dig a lot more out of it.

  2. allenmickle says:

    I’m entering for my wife. She is one of the most dedicated students of the Word of God I know. I know that all of us have the tendencies listed above in approaching the text, and I suspect the book will be helpful for her as well!

  3. Michelle says:

    I’m studying online with Beth Moore this summer. I & II Thessalonians
    Would love to win this book. Thanks

  4. Michelle says:

    I just figured out how to enter the giveaway…sorry.
    What would I like to change?
    I would like to delve deeper into scripture…inductive study method

  5. Meredith says:

    Unfortunately, I tend to have the Jack Sprat approach but want to have a love for the entire Word of God! I want to eagerly approach each word as I do in books like Pslams and Romans!

  6. kathryncl says:

    I have always struggled with finding an approach to bible study that helped me learn more about God. Since starting the precepts Titus study it has made the Word come alive for me. I couldn’t put my bible down. I love how it teaches you to study the bible mainly under the Holy Spirits’s influence instead of relying too much on commentaries and other outside sources

  7. Looks like a pretty good resource. Okie dokie…I entered. I can use the help. 🙂

  8. kimlenon says:

    Thank you for your comments and entering the giveaway! If you ever need help or resources to study more in-depth please feel free to email me.
    I will be giving away another great Bible study resource soon. Please sign up to follow my blog with your e-mail and you will be notified of other posts and giveaways.
    Blessings, Kim

    The winner has been chosen at random by Raffelcopter- click on the link to see if you won.
    (The winner has also been notified by email)

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