Ever been surrounded by a group of women who made you feel very put together? Their lives were in such shambles that you praised God that you weren't like them. Or what about the opposite, a group of ladies who all wore the June Cleaver facade? On the outside looking in, everything was perfect?
Then there are those rare groups that contain real women. No masks or brick walls allowed. With naked emotions everyone comes to the group broken and in need of a Savior.
Because I was traveling by myself, I slipped the She's Got Issues DVD Curriculum into the van's player and listened to the six sessions as I drove. I am so thankful for this time because I was able to focus on the many topics that hit home. The approximately 20 minute sessions made me hungry for more even while the topics pulled up characteristic flaws that I try to hide. Because of the length of my trip, I was able to replay a few of the sessions. Practical points to peel back the onion and get to the core of the issues.
After listening to the video, I began reading the book. (A little backwards, I know, but it is what it is.) Unlike many Women's Bible study curriculum, the DVD wasn't just a synopsis of what the book contained. Instead it was an overview and tied the topics up very well.
Each topic is covered by two chapter. The first chapter explains what the issue is with the second chapter covering practical ways to release the issue to God. At the end of each chapter is a prayer, journaling exercise, group discussion questions, and a code to view a video of Nicole discussing the chapter. (These videos are different from the DVD sessions.)
The fourteen chapters contain a lot of information and scripture. In some way, I felt like I was reading a book of the Bible written by Paul - lots of commas and deep thoughts. I found myself having to reread paragraphs to grasp all that the saturated sentences contained. This isn't a bad thing just understand that due to the writing and depth of topics this study isn't going to be a fast read.
What I love about this study is how Nicole helps you figure out the "why" behind our issues. Because, it is when we realize why that we can start to allow the Holy Spirit to move within us. Her book also includes quizzes and assessment tools to help you narrow down the problems.
In the next coming months, I will be sharing points from Nicole's study as I glean through the topics and wrestle with the issues that I face in my own life. Maybe someday soon, I will be able to go through the study with a group of ladies! But for now, I will continue to pour through during my personal quiet time. (Thinking about doing this as a book study with the ABCJLM family starting in January. Thoughts?)
Which of the six issues do you struggle with the most - control, insecurity, comparison, fear, anger, and unforgiveness?
Thank you to Tyndale for allowing me to review this book and DVD.