Women of the Word – Jen Wilkin

Synopsis

Many Christian women find great encouragement and joy in and through women’s Bible studies. However, popular Bible teacher Jen Wilkin is concerned that sometimes we let our emotions rule our study of Scripture and forget that the Bible is primarily about God, not us. Challenging hungry women to go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will help you refocus your efforts on feeding your mind first and foremost. Whether you’re young or old, married or single, this accessible volume will energize and equip you for Bible study aimed at transforming both the heart and mind

My Review

Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin was a perfect read for me. Here I am, new to Christianity, enjoying reading the Bible, going to Church and feeling closer to God. This book has taught me a lot and will keep teaching me more, as I continue to refer to it, as I learn Bible Literacy.

Jen Wilkin’s book can be read in conjunction with her short YouTube videos and I am finding this very helpful. It is helpful in my personal studies and will no doubt help me in my Bible study group sessions. Jen Wilkin’s book teaches how to read the Bible with meaning. Rather than reading with simply ourselves in mind, we first learn to know who God is, love him for who he is, understand the text and it’s historical context before we consider how the text can help us in our daily lives. Jen’s approach is not easy, but I can see that it is thorough and I have learnt a lot. There is a process to follow and that suits me. It also suits my study and writing habits.

I particularly found the reflection pages helpful in confirming my understanding, along with Jen’s stories of her life. The pages on prayer are also extremely helpful. I have learnt to pray before each and every study/reading.

In terms of my own Bible Literacy, this is a perfect place to gain an understanding of how to approach the Bible. ‘Mind before heart. God before self.’ I have now started to study James and will take my time. Jen doesn’t suggest a fast paced approach, rather one of greater understanding which will lead to reflection.

I was hesitant to read this book at first, as I have very little knowledge of the Bible… I need not have worried.  I would highly recommend this book for anyone new to Christianity and anyone who has been reading the Bible for their whole lives. Thank you Jen for the wisdom and love you have poured into your book.

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