Many of you have requested more Bible study reviews! I’ve got one for you today!
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About two months ago I recieved an email from Kay Harms announcing the release of her new Bible study Joseph – Keeping a Soft Heart in a Hard Place. There was something about the description I read that really struck me.
Maybe it’s because I was hurt deeply by a friend last year. Or maybe it’s knowing that many women are struggling with hard places and hardening hearts.
Here’s the description from the back of the book:
Whether your heart was broken by someone thoughtless or someone cruel, someone from your past or someone in the next room, someone who left or someone you lost, God can heal your hurting heart. And even if your pain wasn’t inflicted by a person at all, but you were the victim of cruel circumstances, your heart can be healed.
The Genesis account of Joseph – loved and favored by his father, but despised and rejected by his jealous brothers – shows us how to keep a soft and teachable heart during our most difficult days. If you’ll walk with Joseph from the pit to the prison to the palace, you will gain perspective and practical tools for healing in this seven-week, verse-by-verse Bible study. Appropriate for individual or group use, this study features an optional “zero week” to help you develop a foundational understanding of Joseph and his unique family if you are not familiar with their stories.
Join Kay as she delves beyond the facts and faces of Joseph’s story and dwells more on this amazing man’s heart. You’ll find hope and healing for yesterday’s hurts and tomorrow’s trials.
I dashed off an email to Kay asking if she’d be willing to send me a copy to review and a second copy to giveaway to one of you. She immediately and graciously said yes!
I’ve finished Week Zero (more on that in a minute) and Week 1 and have read through random lessons throughout the rest of the book. While I haven’t finished the entire study yet, I got a good feel for Kay’s style of writing and the depth of the study.
As I read through Joseph – Keeping a Soft Heart in a Hard Place I felt as if a girlfriend was sitting across the table from me – speaking frankly, encouraging me to dig deeper, and gently guiding me to uncover what God has for me in this study.
So let’s talk logistics for just a few minutes.
- This study can be done in 7 weeks or 8 weeks. Week Zero is optional. I recommend you do it if you can! Week Zero takes a look at the family history of Joseph. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get mixed up about who married who and when. There’s a great exercise in which Kay asks you to make “baby bracelets” for Joseph’s children. It really helped me to write out the names, their meanings, and note their mother’s name. If you or your ladies have a really solid Biblical background, you might not find that chapter necessary, but I still think it’s a great review.
- Each week has 5 days worth of lessons and one page of discussion questions.
- If I were leading a group through this study, I’d pull our discussion right from those questions. There are always 8 questions – a variety of reflection, application, and factual questions.
- You can do the book as a group study or walk through it on your own.
- All you need to complete the study is this book –Joseph – Keeping a Soft Heart in a Hard Place.
- There are optional DVD sessions for each lesson. Teaching sessions are approximately 25 minutes each. Once released, the DVDs will be available for purchase via Kay’s website.
Check out this short preview video below. You might just feel like I do – that you wish you could invite her over for coffee!
Kay does a great job of gathering information from us in different ways. Sometimes there are multiple choice questions. Other times she asks us to check off the items on a list. Sometimes the questions are open-ended. Other times there are fill in the blanks. It’s a lot more interesting to complete then just question, answer, question, answer.
Kay sticks to the scriptures. Be warned, your pages in Genesis may look a little more loved than when you started (as they should)! Kay also pulls out scriptures throughout the Bible that apply.
Even if this story is a familiar one to you, you will uncover new truths in God’s Word!
As I wrapped up my reading of Joseph – Keeping a Soft Heart in a Hard Place earlier today, God gifted me with a big a-ha moment. I expect He’ll do the same for you – repeatedly.
I’ve underlined a lot of passages. I think you will too!
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Joseph: Keeping a Soft Heart in a Hard Place can be purchased on Amazon.
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*Disclosure: I received two copies of this book – one to review and one to giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.