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FIND THE

perfect BIBLE STUDY

also:

in 5 minutes or less

VERSE MAPPING

what it is and how to do it

Hosting a Bible Study doesn’t have to be scary

BE A SNACK HERO

3 never-fail crowd-pleaser recipes


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LETTER to our READERS

Hello, and welcome to the very first issue of Bible Study Source for Women Magazine! We know how hard it can be to find the right Bible study resources to fit your unique needs. There are so many choices! How do you know if the teaching is biblically sound and grounded in God’s Word? That’s why we created the Bible Study Source for Women community. We’re here to connect you to the best Bible studies by trusted authors and Bible teachers. Our online community and monthly newsletter provide inspiration for spiritual growth, leader tips, stories, recipes, and the latest scoop on what your favorite authors are up to and working on next. But the one thing we won’t do: bombard you with emails you don’t have time to read. You can expect one monthly newsletter. Just one. But it will be so chock-full of good stuff, you’ll look forward to seeing it in your inbox every month! Our prayer is that, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey, being part of the Bible Study Source for Women community will help you deepen your relationship with Christ and connect with other women. We’re glad you’re here. Your Friends at

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Top Bible Study Topics To build our Bible Study Finder, we asked thousands of women which topics they most enjoy studying. Here’s what they said:

Christian Living

Discover how to live the Christian life, and what makes living your life in Christ different from living life apart from Christ.

Prayer

Probe the most fundamental, intimate, perplexing and deeply rewarding practice of our relationship with God—talking to God and hearing from him through prayer.

Relationship with God

A true, genuine relationship with God cannot leave you unchanged. Transform your strongholds into strengths and your problems into power by pursuing a closer relationship with God.

Identity and Confidence in Christ

Overcome the lies you tell yourself, and take off the masks you hide behind by basing your identity on the unshakable truth of who God says you are.

Balance, Simplicity and Grace

For all the pleasers, the over-achievers, the over-spenders, the pre-occupied, and the stressed-out perfectionists, there’s hope! You can find balance, achieve simplicity, and receive grace.

Joy and Thankfulness

Does failure embarrass you? Does comparison embitter you? Has loss crippled you? Has pain almost buried you? Experience the paradox of joy and thankfulness in the middle of your mess.

Overcoming and Healing

Tear down the roadblocks. Hurdle the barriers. Demolish the strongholds. Break free from the prison. Restore the broken. Heal the hurt.

Purpose and Direction

Get to know yourself and how God has made you so you can find direction, embrace your purpose, and live out your calling.

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FIND THE

perfect

BIBLE STUDY

for you and your group in 5 MINUTES or LESS! Find the right study for your women’s group by answering four easy questions.

1. WHAT TYPE OF STUDY DO YOU WANT TO DO? • Book of the Bible: Dive deep into the study of a Bible

3. WHAT IS YOUR GROUP’S BIBLE KNOWLEDGE? • Beginner: Group is comprised mostly of women who

character, or go through a complete book of the Bible systematically, or add tools to your Bible study methods toolkit.

• Topical Issues: Have a need in a specific area of life?

are new to the Bible or who don’t feel confident in their Bible knowledge.

• Intermediate: Group has some experience with

Study the Scriptures that pertain to that need. See the Top Bible Study Topics for ideas to suggest to your group.

2. WHAT LEVEL OF TIME COMMITMENT BETWEEN SESSIONS WOULD YOU LIKE? • None: No personal homework • Minimal: Less than 30 minutes of homework • Moderate: 30 minutes to one hour of homework • Substantial: An hour or more of homework

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studying the Bible, and they have some familiarity with the stories in the Bible.

• Advanced: Group is comfortable with the Bible, and can handle the challenge of searching the Scriptures for themselves.

4. WHAT FORMAT DO YOU PREFER? • Print and Video: Watch a Bible teacher on video, followed by a facilitated discussion.

• Print Only: Have the group leader give a short talk and lead a discussion of a study guide or a book.

Plug your answers into the Bible Study Finder, and discover the studies that best fit your group!

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Christine CAINE Christine Caine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. Together with her husband, Nick, she founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. Powered by hot extra-dry skinny cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down. Christine and Nick make their home in Southern California with their daughters, Catherine and Sophia.

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UNEXPECTED

UNASHAMED

Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure

Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

Most of us want to have life under control. But God wants us to know that because he is in control, we don’t have to be. Nothing in our lives takes God by surprise—personal upheaval, relational challenges, financial stresses, family transitions, career disappointments, chaotic world affairs—during all the unexpected we can expect God to be good and do good. Take God’s dare to trust him in every unknown of your life. Five sessions

Shame has no place in the purpose, plan, and destiny God has for us because shame lies to us, and shackles us in the prison of our past. If we want to change our futures, we must believe God is bigger than our mistakes, our inadequacies, our pasts, and our limitations. We must choose to see ourselves the way God sees us, and lay hold of his power to live a beautiful, full, life-giving future filled with purpose. Five sessions

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“I M AG I N E TH E

DIFF ER ENC E W E CO U L D M A K E

I F W E L EA R N E D

to do

THE UNEX PEC TED

while facing

THE UNEX PEC TED. ” CHRISTINE CAINE

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L O V E , J O Y - and -

PRESENT OVER PERFECT

Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, more Soulful Way of Living Do you long to live a life of meaning and connection? Instead, are you pushing for perfection, settling for busy? Learn an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, play, and connection with the people that matter most. Leave behind the pressure to be perfect, perform faster, push harder, and produce more, and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. Five sessions

When life punches you in the gut, say “yes” to defiant joy: • Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course. • Do your knees knock when thinking about the future? Joy hopes for what can be. • Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage. • Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy weeps with you, then helps you move on. Six sessions

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Shauna

NIEQUIST

Shauna’s three great loves are her family, hosting dinner parties in her slightly-messy, normal home, and being a bookworm, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything. Shauna and her husband have two wild and silly and darling boys.

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DEFIANT JOY

What Happens When You’re Full of It

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Candace PAYNE

Candace is a viral sensation whose video of trying on a Chewbacca Mask became the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date. But behind the mask, she has a storied journey of extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth that drove her to discover her path to simple joy. She’s the mom of two school-aged children, wife to an amazing hubs, and worship leader at her church.


CONTENTMENT

GRACE, NOT PERFEC TION

Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy

I A M LO V E D

Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love

Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Simplify your life by simplifying the three major areas: your space, your time, and your mind. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace, Not Perfection, and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart. Four sessions

There’s something about a woman who knows she’s loved that gives her an extra measure of boldness and confidence. This study of the book of 1 John compels us to live out of the fullness of God’s unconditional love. Confront barriers keeping you from experiencing God’s complete love. Develop a more intimate understanding of God’s love that will transform your attitude and actions into reflections of him. His love truly changes everything! Five sessions

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Emily LEY

Emily is Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. Her Simplified Planner won the Best New Product award for 2015 at the National Stationery Show. Emily is a businesswoman, wife, and mama to three. She enjoys Friday pizza parties on the living room floor, strong cappuccinos with her college-crushturned-husband, and making memories to savor for a lifetime with her twins and preschooler.

Wendy

BLIGHT

Wendy is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, Bible teacher, attorney, and author. Audiences say, “With Wendy’s powerful testimony, we have had ladies lay down strongholds that have held them captive for years!” “She is real and does not pretend to be perfect.” Wendy’s favorite place to be is at home writing and enjoying time with her husband and their two children.

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VERSE MAPPING: what is it, and how do I do it? Forever Change How You Study Scripture

by KRISTY CAMBRON

MOMENT OF HONESTY: I DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHAT I READ IN SCRIPTURE. The Bible wasn’t sinking into my heart. I could go about my day without time in the Word as long as I was cherry-picking verses out when I needed something from God. (Facebook is a good place to find inspirational verses, right?) I’d read a page or two in a Bible study. Write some things down. Pray. And that was it. I didn’t go deeper.

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Then, my dad was diagnosed with leukemia. When the crisis hit, it caused me to see that I had been coasting in my spiritual journey for many years. I realized God was only as deeply embedded in my heart as the troubles I wanted him to fix. But no more. No more reading the Bible without really getting it. No more doing devotions just because I think I should. I wanted to need to. I wanted to surrender and be taught by the Holy Spirit. And when I opened up to my best friend about it, she said, “Kristy, why don’t you try verse mapping?”


“No more reading the Bible without really getting it. No more doing devotions just because I think I should.” WHAT IS VERSE MAPPING? Verse Mapping is a method of studying the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse in the Bible. Plain and simple? Verse mapping is getting real about studying the Bible. All of it. It’s not just reading. It’s researching everything you can in a verse to learn more about who God is and how He wants to speak to you through His Word.

The process is simple.

• Verse: Select and write your verse to map. • Design: Write your verse in two to four different translations, and identify key words.

VERSE MAPPING LUK E

Gathering the Goodness of God’s Word by Kristy Cambron

• Develop: Look up key words in Hebrew/Greek. Write down definitions, synonyms, and root words. Discover any underlying meaning in the verse and note it.

• Actions: Research and document the people,

places, and the context. Ask: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Note connections to other concepts in Scripture you find in your research.

• Outcome: Write a summary of what you’ve

learned. Anchor the verse you mapped to your life. This is the treasured truth the map brought you to.

That’s it—five simple steps to change-your-life study time with God! All set? Let’s map.

Let’s be honest— do you have difficulty understanding Scripture? Do you want to research the context of Scripture, but you’re daunted by Greek and Hebrew? Do you hunt for connections in Scripture but fear you’re over-complicating things?

VERSE MAPPING AC TS

Feasting on the Abundance of God’s Word by Kristy Cambron

If you want to harvest as much as you can from Scripture and apply it to your life today—then

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Kathie Lee GIFFORD Kathie Lee Gifford is a television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress. After seeing the Billy Graham-produced film The Restless Ones at age 12, Kathie Lee became a born-again Christian. She attended Oral Roberts University, studying drama and music. She began her career as a Christian entertainer, and is best-known for her Emmy Award-winning 15-year run with ‘Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.’ Currently she co-hosts ‘The Kathie Lee and Hoda Show’ on NBC Today.

PURSUING GOD Encountering His Love and Beauty in the Bible Margaret Feinberg Genesis and the Gospel of John are written to spark our desire to pursue a deeper relationship with God. In Genesis we realize God created us for love, and we are meant to pursue God’s love and become expressions of it to our world. In John, we see the beauty of God radiating in Jesus Christ; when we pursue God’s beauty we encounter the person in whom God placed his whole heart on display for the world to see. Study Guide $12.99 $9.09 | DVD $29.99 $20.99 Leader Pack (DVD & Guide) $41.99 $25.19

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T H E R O C K , T H E R O A D, A N D T H E R A B B I Come to the Land Where It All Began Kathie Lee Gifford & Rabbi Jason Sobel Do you want to deepen your faith? Join Kathie Lee as she visits sites in Israel that have impacted her life. Coauthor Rabbi Jason Sobel, a messianic Jewish rabbi, provides insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before. • The Rock (Jesus Christ): Hear about Kathie’s life-changing connection with Jesus. • The Road (Israel): Explore ancient landmarks and historical sites. • The Rabbi (God’s Word): Dig into the original languages and deeper meanings of Scripture.

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Margaret FEINBERG Margaret Feinberg is one of American’s most beloved Bible teachers. Her books and studies have sold more than one million copies, and she was recently named one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today. Margaret savors life with Leif, a pastor in Park City, Utah, and their superpup, Hershey. A self-described “hot mess,” Margaret believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.

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H O W T O STA RT A B I B L E ST U DY in your neighborhood (it’s easier than you think)

by Rozanne Frazee Of course, a pastor’s wife would say it’s easy to start a Bible study in your neighborhood. You probably think I have done this all of my life—Right? WRONG! Until a few years ago, I had never considered starting a Bible study. So, when God stirred my spirit to start one with my neighbors, I tried to shake it saying, “God, if you want me to do this, show me clearly.” A few months later, Randy and I hosted a potluck dinner for the neighborhood. Enter Sandra, whom I had never met, but she knew who Randy and I were. The first words out of her mouth were, “Hi, Rozanne, I called your church to see if there were any Bible studies this summer, but they told me there weren’t.” Knowing that couldn’t be right, I suggested I check into it for her. Instead of simply leaving it at that, I hesitantly asked, “What would you think about starting a Bible study here in our neighborhood?” Her eyes lit up and she said, “Oh, I have always dreamed of simply walking to a Bible study after I came home from a long day at work.” I smiled, and we agreed to chat the next day. I silently giggled to myself “Ok, God, that was clear enough!”

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After Sandra and I blanketed our 100-house neighborhood with invitations, fear began to grip me. “What if no one comes? Worse yet, what if they DO come? They know I’m a pastor’s wife—will they expect me to have all the answers? I don’t!” But I pressed on with prayer, prayer, and more prayer.

Here are some of the obstacles God helped me overcome. I can’t teach! I found a plethora of Bible studies available with wonderful teaching videos of people who teach really well. We chose one we were interested in, and let the ladies know the study was meant to get us in God’s Word for ourselves and discover what He had for each of us. We used the discussion questions provided in the companion study guide to facilitate discussion.

Share the responsibility. I chose a co-leader. My co-leader covered meetings I couldn’t make. If you want, you can alternate weeks.


My house is not “Pinterest perfect.” Not many of us have those anyway, so most will feel right at home. If you wait until your house is perfect, you’ll never do it. There may be someone in the group who enjoys entertaining; ask them if they would open their home for the gathering, and you can focus on leading.

Keep it simple, sweetheart! Don’t try to serve a gourmet meal or dessert every time, unless you want to. Store bought goodies and iced tea/ coffee are fine. If you want to celebrate at the end of a study, then do a potluck so not all the food preparation falls on you.

Don’t start the study prematurely. Christians get a bad rap sometimes if we appear as though we are all about trying to evangelize or recruit for our church. If you are new to the neighborhood and want to get to know other women, the Bible study probably isn’t the way to start. Get involved in other activities happening in your neighborhood first. For me, it meant participating in the neighborhood garage sale, helping canvas houses for signatures to start recycling pickup, and joining the Neighborhood Watch group. This demonstrates commitment and love for your neighbors before asking them to jump on what you want to do.

Remember it is the Holy Spirit who brings people to salvation. Make the salvation message clear but don’t push. Let the study/discussion plant seeds and God will do some of His best work! So, what happened in my neighborhood? They did come! Twenty ladies from many different churches; everyone in a different place in their spiritual journey. Some who faithfully attended church and some who hadn’t been in church in many years. My favorite treasure is that several of the teenage daughters started coming. In the spring, one of them became a believer and was baptized in a neighborhood pool!

My best advice, if you are feeling the nudge to begin a Bible study in your neighborhood, answer that call with a “Yes”! You will be amazed at the outcome, not only with the group, but how God impacts your own heart.

RECOMMENDED

for neighborhood groups: CHURCH OF THE SMALL THINGS Making a Difference Right Where You Are The little pieces that make a life aren’t necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness—and sometimes they look a whole lot like packing lunch. Six sessions

Melanie

SHANKLE

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UNINVITED Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

Lysa

TERKEURST

The enemy wants us to feel rejected... left out, lonely, less than. Discover how we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, shaken, or taken—a love that does not uninvite. Six sessions Study Guide $12.99 $9.09 | DVD $29.99 $20.99 Leader Pack (DVD & Guide) $41.99 $25.19

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GO-TO, NEVER-FAIL, CROWD-PLEASER

recipes

Breakfast

Cookies

(Gluten free!)

This recipe is adapted from Nikki’s Healthy Cookies, from Heidi Swanson’s lovely blog, 10cookbooks.com.

from B R E A D

INGREDIENTS 3 large ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 ½ cups) ¼ cup coconut oil, warmed just a little so it isn’t solid (or alternatively, olive oil) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups rolled oats 2/3 cup almond meal

& WINE

by

Shauna NIEQUIST ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2/3 cup shredded coconut ½ cup chopped walnuts ¼ cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, then add in coconut oil and vanilla. 2. Add the oats, almond meal, salt, and baking powder, and stir until combined. Add the coconut, walnuts, and chocolate chips, and stir again. 3. Form the dough into 12 balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten them a little bit. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes. Makes: 12 cookies Heidi’s recipe calls for chopped dark chocolate, cinnamon, and unsweetened coconut flakes. I reduce the amount of chocolate because it’s breakfast, and the point of this cookie is that I want to feel deeply virtuous when I eat it in the morning, so I replace most of the chocolate with chopped walnuts. Also, forget what I just said about virtue, because I use sweetened coconut. It’s the only kind I can get without a trip to Whole Foods, which isn’t always part of our weekly routine. The sweetened coconut makes the cookie sweeter, obviously, so you don’t miss the chocolate as much. And I omit the cinnamon, because I don’t really like cinnamon. Also, Heidi makes sweet little cookies, little bites almost, but when it’s five in the morning, I only have it in me to do one batch, so I make big breakfast cookies, dropped on to the baking sheet in heaping tablespoons. And sometimes I make a cherry almond version: instead of the walnuts and chocolate chips, add ½ cup slivered almonds and ¼ cup dried cherries; instead of vanilla, add almond extract.

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lasagna

soup

from R E A L

SIMPLICITY

by

Rozanne & Randy FRAZEE

INGREDIENTS 4 pounds of ground beef 1 cup chopped onion 3 cloves of minced garlic 8 cans (14.5 ounces each) beef broth

4 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes (with basil and garlic) 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 5 cups uncooked Mafalda or corkscrew pasta 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cook beef, onion, and garlic in a large soup pot or Dutch oven until browned. Drain. 2. Add the broth, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning. Heat to a boil. 3. Stir in the pasta right before you want to serve and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is done. 4. Stir in cheese. Serve with additional cheese if desired. This recipe can be made a day ahead, but do not add the pasta or cheese until just before serving. If you make the soup ahead of time and freeze it, wait to add the pasta until you have thawed the soup and are ready to heat it.

pumpkin

bread

from L I S T E N , by

LO V E , R E P E AT

Karen EHMAN

This is the most heavenly bread—with the perfect blend of sweetness and spices. I found it in an old 1960s cookbook I bought at an estate sale for a quarter. You’re welcome.

INGREDIENTS In a large bowl, blend: 3½ cups pumpkin 3½ cups sugar 1 cup oil 2 eggs

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium bowl, stir together: 4 cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons cinnamon 1½ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon nutmeg 4 teaspoons baking soda

For the frosting: 2 cups powdered sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla Half-and-half or whole milk

1. Bake the Bread: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones just until incorporated and being careful not to over mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in two large, greased loaf pans. Cool 15 minutes. Flip out of pans and cool for 20-30 minutes. 2. Make the Frosting: Combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Thin with half-and-half or whole milk until it is slightly thick but pourable. Drizzle frosting over the top of the bread. When frosting is set, wrap in foil. FREE SHIPPING on orders $10+! Use promo code BSSW18

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“ Our most meaningful

purpose

CAN BE FOUND EXACTLY IN

our most painful

Brokenness ” ANN VOSKAMP

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Ann VOSKAMP Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann (“plain Ann without an ‘e’”) knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. She left university to marry The Farmer, and had half a dozen babies plus one birthed from the heart and flown home from China. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada, and attends Brethren Bible Chapel.

ONE THOUSAND GIFTS

T H E B R O K E N W AY

A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

“How,” Ann muses, “do you break the bondage of fear that has white-knuckle control on your life and instead embrace everyday blessings? How can you live life with a heart overflowing with delight?” Ann encourages participants to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God’s gifts—to find the good in life in all circumstances. It’s only in this expression of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted. Five sessions

The lesson from the farm is this: Never be afraid of being a broken thing. The seed breaks to give us wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop, the wheat breaks to give us the bread. And the bread breaks to give us the feast. God does great things through the greatly wounded. God sees the broken as the best and He sees the best in the broken and He calls the wounded to be the world changers.

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RESTLESS Because You Were Made for More Jennie Allen

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“Do I matter?” Answer this important question by discovering the best way to use your spiritual gifts. Through the story of Joseph, explore how his suffering, gifts, story, and relationships fit into the greater story of God—and how our stories can do the same. Then, try Threads—a tool to help you see your own personal story and to uncover and understand the raw materials God has given you to use for his glory and purpose while on this planet.

Sheila WALSH Sheila first came to fame as a Scottish-born contemporary Christian singer, and the co-host of The 700 Club. But what endears her to audiences is her story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again. Sheila lives in Dallas with her husband and son, and she loves teaching the Bible, writing daily, her menagerie of animals, and coffee (rumor has it she’s lobbying a wellknown coffee chain to add a bigger serving size called “bucket”).

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Jennie ALLEN Jennie is a recovering achiever who is passionate about Jesus. She founded the million-strong IF:Gathering, where she says she gathers deep kindred souls around food she didn’t cook and she asks terribly intrusive questions. She’s a risk-taker who married Zac, a crazier risk-taker. Then God thought it would be funny to give them four crazy strong risky dreamer kids. As a true Austin, Texas family their life revolves around the Friday night lights.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life Sheila Walsh Have you experienced hurts so deep it has hardened your defenses, keeping you from allowing God in? Do you fear your mess is too big for God? Enter a safe place with God by practicing a daily connection with him through confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture. Though we will never be completely “fixed” on earth, God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. Our brokenness is the key to finding God’s strength in the middle of the mess.

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MORE OF OUR BIBLE TEACHERS Laura S T O RY Laura is a Grammy Award−winning singer and songwriter who started her musical career as a bass player. After almost losing her husband to a brain tumor in 2006, she wrote “Blessings” which earned her a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song in 2012. Besides making music and writing books, Laura works at Perimeter Church in Atlanta doing music and women’s ministry. Laura’s family includes husband, Martin, daughter Josie, and twins Benjamin and Griffin.

Lynn C O W E L L Lynn is a part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaking team, speaking to pre-teens, teens, multi-generational, and women’s conferences and retreats on a regular basis. Lynn and her husband, Greg, of 30 years, are the parents of three young adults: Zak, Mariah, and Madi. The Cowells reside in North Carolina where they enjoy hiking in the mountains, wearing well-worn sweatshirts and eating anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter.

Ruth S O U K U P Through her Do It Scared® podcast and Living Well, Spending Less® blog, Ruth encourages more than one million subscribers to face their fears and reach their goals. Her blog post that got the most reaction was about how she took away her kids’ toys, and has never given them back—and they don’t want them back! She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck and daughters Maggie and Annie.

Karen EH M A N Karen is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and a New York Times bestselling author who has written 11 books. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys collecting retro Pyrex ware, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, eating dark chocolate, and feeding the many teens who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen’s cooking. She lives in the boondocks of Michigan.

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Chrystal E VA NS H U R S T Chrystal is a “used-to-be,” career-minded, bean-counter, on-the-path-to-big-bucks, single gal…turned homeschooling, bread-baking, garden-attempting, cloth-diapering mommy-blogger…turned work-at-home-mom who shamelessly uses paper plates, keeps a stock of frozen pizzas on hand, strives for small victories over #fatdemon, runner wannabe, and Starbucks junkie. She is the first-born to Dr. Tony and Lois Evans, wife to gentle giant Jessie, and she’s got college-life and kindergarten happening simultaneously amongst her five children.

Lisa H A R P E R Both hilarious storyteller and theological scholar, Lisa’s writing and speaking overflow with colorful, pop-culture references that connect the Bible era and modern life. She says, self-deprecatingly, “I’m so grateful for the opportunities God’s given me but don’t forget, he often uses donkeys and rocks!” She never married, but always wanted a child. When she heard about a dying orphan in Haiti named Missy, she undertook a two-year fight to save her life, and got to bring her home in 2014.

Jess C O NNO L LY Jess is a gal who is in the thick of it. She is the co-owner of All Good Things Collective print shop and helped start both She Reads Truth and The Influence Network. She and her husband Nick planted Gospel Community Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina where they live with their four children, who she’s crazy about, and their dog Deacon, who she’s still on the fence about.

Geri SC A Z Z E R O Geri famously told her husband, “I quit,” and left the church he pastored (!), beginning a journey that transformed her and her marriage. Geri and Pete Scazzero are cofounders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a ministry that equips churches in a beneath-thesurface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. Geri and Pete raised four daughters in Queens, New York City, and she is an avid cook who stays active by hiking, biking, skiing, and body surfing.

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