Monday, January 11, 2016

Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship by Sue Edwards STUDY GUIDE REVIEW

Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship

Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship

   This slim paperback book is a study guide for the book of Philippians. The author of this guide is Sue Edwards who seems to be qualified to teach on such a subject as relationships considering the work she does teaching others not to mention the six books she as written. This large yet slim book has an appealing cover making it pleasant for those women who, like me, want everything around them to reflect God's beautiful creation. The interior has plenty of room for notes and observations and answers to the questions given. The study is well thought-out and organized and goes through the book of Philippians carefully,    
   Personally, I didn't learn very much new from the explanations given because I have been blessed to learn from great Bible teachers and authors all my life. However, one cannot begin to count the lessons and convictions obtained when one works through a book of the Bible! Although the information in this book seems basic, who can say what God will teach through it! I also thought the side notes were helpful and interesting. 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. 
More about the book:
A "how-to" study for finding joy in authentic relationships and community
Women long for healthy, deep relationships with those around them. Knowing what those look like can be tricky, however. Where do we go to seek them? How can we approach them? How can we maintain those relationships, despite our own weaknesses?
Sue Edwards is happy to lead the way through Scripture to discover and maintain beloved, organic friendships. Paul's letter to early Christians is an ideal place to find these answers. This short letter highlights the skills that strengthen authentic connections--skills like trust, humility, healthy self-sacrifice, a generous spirit, and more. It also sheds light on how to overcome toxic connection-killers like envy, comparison, and critical attitudes.
Philipians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship works its way through Paul's words as a model for deep, authentic community and healthy relationships between believers. When readers reach the end, they'll have a thorough sense of the content of this ancient letter, and of its relevance for today. Although Paul was under house arrest, he was able to draw joy from his relationships, and we can do the same, no matter our circumstances. Edwards strives to ensure that this Bible study will do more than transfer intellectual information; it will also transform hearts and inspire practice and application.