Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Her Restless Heart Bible Study by Barbara Cameron


Are you discontent or restless? Do you long for something more but cannot identify what it is?

Cameron has written this study to help women explore their hearts and their desire for real and lasting love and acceptance. The aim of the study is to allow God to satisfy that desire and satisfy their restlessness.

This is not a typical “Bible study” in that Cameron uses her own Christian fiction as a backdrop to explore biblical themes. Narratives from her novel Her Restless Heart are provided in the text so there is no need to buy the novel upon which the studies are based.

The study is spread out over six weeks. Each study begins with a Scripture for the week and an excerpt from the novel. Readings for five days follow. Each day's reading includes additional excerpts from the novel, commentary on selected Scripture and personal application. Questions for reflection are provided throughout each day's reading. Cameron concludes each day's study with an “As You Go” suggestion.

When I first saw the study, I was a bit hesitant as to it's value. A study based on a novel? But as I read through the study, I was impressed. The fiction excerpt is a good jumping point for the subsequent Scripture investigation. Rather than dealing with biblical facts, this study deals with the desires, hurts, and insecurities women experience. I can imagine the lively discussions participants would have when they gather once a week to watch a short video by Cameron. There are also some recipes included from the fiction series, so there could be a tasty potluck at the study conclusion.

The workbook I read is only one part of the complete curriculum. Go here to see the full line of materials including the leader's guide, the DVD, and a video trailer.

Barbara Cameron is the author of more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. She lives in Edgewater, Florida.

Abingdon Press, 187 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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