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Max Lucaso said, "The purpose of the Bible is simply to proclaim God's plan to save His children". How can you call yourself a Bible believing Christian and not want to know everything that you can about His word? But here is a question. How do you go about learning to study God's word effectively?
Let me introduce you to Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. I first stumbled across this fabulous author and teacher by accident. When we were moving from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to San Diego California I needed something to listen to while we made the seven day trip across the lower half of the country. I didn't know much about audiobooks at this point, so I started looking into podcasts. One of the podcasts about motherhood mentioned this fabulous study she was doing through another podcast. That is how I found Jen Wilkin. After listening to every single podcast that she has ever put out, I decided that I wanted to read her books. Women of the Word is the first of her books that I read and I have to say, it has revolutionized how I look at the Word of God.
In Women of the Word, Jen clearly and succinctly explains why all Christians (not just pastors and teachers) should study the Word of God. On page 45 she writes,
Both false teachers and secular humanist rely on biblical ignorance for their messages to take root, and the modern church has proven fertile ground for those messages.I could not agree more! She goes on to explain how to go about studying the Word in a way that is effective and practical. Wilkin teaches how to study God's Word with purpose, perspective, patience, process, and prayer. She gives a detailed description (including pictures!) of how she writes and marks so that the reader has a good understanding of it. I also LOVE the fact that Jen doesn't claim that everyone in the church is a teacher. She reminds readers that teachers will be held to a higher standard (James 3:1) and that we need to ensure that we are making disciples of the Word not fans of the teacher.
Overall, I would give Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin a solid A+. I think that every women's Bible study group should read through this book before anything else to ensure that they really are learning the Word with their hearts and minds equally. I also think that this book would be a great resource for a spiritually young believer. I wouldn't recommend it for a brand new believer but someone that is ready to learn and grow on their own could greatly benefit from this methodology.