Lessons from Naomi in the Book of Ruth
Renewed – Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story is an interactive study guide of the book of Ruth, from the perspective of Naomi’s story. The book is broken down into twelve lessons, and can be studied individually, at your own pace. The author also includes notes and helpful ideas for the book to be run as a group study over four weeks – you can obtain video clips and workbooks to facilitate this. The main themes are the story you don’t want, the movement you can’t see, the intersection of our action and God’s plan, and the God who rescues, redeems, and renews.
Each lesson starts with a short personal story and a scripture to focus on. The author provides extra insights with historical facts and sets the scene with additional scriptural background information. There are lots of questions to draw information from the text, interspersed with reflection, and questions for personal application, including some short exercises to complete. Each session closes with a ‘takeaway’ reminder of the main point and a prayer to personalise and apply the lesson to your own life.
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How this book affected me:
Through some of the personal stories, the author shares her own diagnosis with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare genetic condition, which caused severe abdominal pain and multiple surgeries. This brings a relevance which many women, dealing with their own hard story, will be able to identify with. The message is one of hope for all of us, whatever our story may be, that God partners with us and when we are attentive to Him, we can see His hand at work in our lives. “An unfulfilled dream isn’t the end of hope; it might just be the beginning of a new work of God in your life.”
Who would enjoy this book:
Renewed is aimed at a female audience and would be appreciated by those who want to dig deeper into God’s word. It would be suitable for small groups who are willing to commit to individual study, and who would enjoy coming together to further share and discuss the lessons learnt. There is a word of encouragement for everyone but particularly relevant to those who are going through a difficult season. Everything you need to enhance your understanding of the story is provided for you – all you need to add is your Bible, a pen, a quiet space, and some time!
Meet The Author Heather M. Dixon:
Heather M. Dixon is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who understands living with a story that is not easy. Diagnosed with an incurable and terminal genetic disorder that she inherited from her mother, she is passionate about encouraging and equipping women to trust in God, face their greatest fears, and live with hope, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances. When she is not blogging at The Rescued Letters or speaking at women’s conferences and events, Heather loves to make the most of everyday moments. Heather is a regular contributor to Journey magazine and the author of three Bible studies.
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