This is a good six week study of Colossians for new Christians or those relatively new to Bible study. It is not a comprehensive study of the book but does explore the main ideas for each section. The thrust of the entire study is, “Everything we need we already have in Jesus.” (Loc 30/1729)
There are several aspects of this study I like. One is that there is a brief daily study that can be done in a few minutes by those with time constraints and also a more in depth daily study for those willing to put in more time. Another is that Ciuciu asks readers to rewrite each section of Colossians as it is studied. I have recently begun doing that and really appreciate the benefits of rewriting the biblical text.
Because this study is not comprehensive, it does not extensively cover every verse nor subject in Colossians. One topic Ciuciu does not really look at is in Col. 2:15, that Jesus disarmed powers and authorities and what this means to our daily life. I thought that would have been important as one aspect of Jesus being everything we need.
I like the study method Ciuciu introduces: FEAST (focus on God, engage the text, assess the main idea, spark transformation, turn to God in worship). I really like the final worship part as it helps readers form a habit of worshiping God daily. I like that there are additional resources available on line, such as videos. The links are provided in the book. There are also additional resources at the end of the book, like a very good devotional guide for leaders.
I do recommend this study. Those who do the study will be trained in using Bible study aids and then be encouraged to do one section all on their own, without Ciuciu's questions and suggestions. It is a good way to learn how to do inductive Bible study while being reminded Jesus is everything we need.
You can read an excerpt and download a free coloring packet here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Asheritah Ciuciu is an author, speaker, and blogger. She grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and studied English and Women's Ministry at Cedarville University in Ohio. Her passion is helping women find joy in Jesus through a deeper walk with Him, and she shares personal stories and practical tips on www.OneThingAlone.com. She is also a regular contributor to FortheFamily.org and Ungrind.org. She and her husband raise their spunky children in Ohio.
Moody Publishers, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.