Are you a busy Mom who can’t seem to make it to a bible study but you want to get more out of your time in the Bible? Maybe you already have a Bible study method but are always looking for ways to enhance it. Then Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin is for you.
She begins with a definition for Bible literacy then walks the reader through a few common unhealthy habits that many of us may have found ourselves doing at one time or another. The next five chapters she equips us with her five P’s of sound study:
Study with Purpose
Study with Perspective
Study with Patience
Study with Process
Study with Prayer
I like the way the author encourages small steps in the Bible study process. She acknowledges that not everyone has a Hebrew/Greek Lexicon so she suggests just looking up a difficult word in the dictionary. Her three distinct stages of understanding a passage of scripture is through:
Comprehension-What does it say?
Interpretation-What does it mean?
Application-How should it change me?
Included toward the end of the book is an exhortation for teachers in pursuing their own study time and facilitating a Bible study group which I found very helpful. She concludes with a reminder to seek His face and through that we will become imitators of him:
Our study of the Bible is only beneficial insofar as it increases our love for the God it proclaims. Bible study is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. It is a means to love God more, and to live differently because we have learned to behold him better. And it means to become what we behold. The reciprocal love of God is a love that transforms.