Monday, April 1, 2019

If God Is For Us Bible Study {A Book Review + Giveaway Hop}

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Why just the one chapter? The simple answer: there’s so much there! It’s no wonder that so many Christians list Romans among their favorite books of the Bible and Romans 8 as their favorite in the book. Romans is packed with profound truth after profound truth which are then followed up with life-changing promise after life-changing promise. In this 6-week study, Trillia will walk you through Romans 8 and help you cement deep inside yourself the scandalous truths of our great salvation, our inheritance, the assurance of our faith, and ultimately the love of our good Father.

Each week includes 5 daily readings out of Romans, an accompanying devotional, and questions for reflection and study.

 Trillia Newbell is the author of  the kids’ book God’s Very Good Idea, as well as Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016),  Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014) and her latest,  If God is For Us (2019). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She currently is the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Her greatest love besides God is her family. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.

First and foremost, I must preface this by admitting that as of the time of writing this review I have not fully finished this study. I have however read through enough to get a good grasp of the content, the layout, etc. My thoughts are based solely on my experience so far, and not throughout the conclusion of the study.

Now, while this says it's a 6-week study on Romans 8, the first week is actually a review of Romans 1-7. Still, 5 weeks on one chapter? That seems like a lot, doesn't it? I know it does for me. I'm a quick reader, in the course of 6 weeks I could easily read a good 10-20 books at least. How is it possible to spend THAT much time in ONE chapter? I must admit, I had these thoughts when I first checked it out too. But then I really thought about it. When we're studying any other topic, what is the best way to truly get the most out of it? Spending time and breaking it apart word by word, line by line, page by page. Back in high school, I participated in our English academic team and we would take whatever novel or play, etc that we were studying and do just that. In doing so, it allowed us not to just get the surface of the story but all of those underlying themes and details too. By the time our competitions came about we knew those stories backwards and forwards, inside and out. After I thought about that, I couldn't help but realize... why WOULDN'T we give the Bible the same type of consideration. Sure, we might not get through it all in a year- a great and common goal that many Christians strive to do- BUT isn't the goal truly not just to read it, but to understand it and apply it to our lives?

Aside from that, it truly is a great study. The first week in the study is a bit more reading heavy. After all, that initial introduction to Romans covers a lot more ground. In that first week you will have a daily reading, daily response questions, daily devotionals and daily reflections. Now, that sounds like a lot... but again this is just for week one. After this, we still have all of these sections but more spread out. You will have only one reading and one set of response questions for the entire week... the daily devotionals and reflections will remain. It is very easy to follow the structure and with just 5 days per week it offers a little more flexibility to make it work for your schedule. There is some space given that you could write your thoughts directly into the study book itself, but if you get a little wordy like me, I'd definitely recommend having a separate journal for added room too.

Overall, I am really enjoying this study. The structure is just what I personally need to stay on track and to guide me in my studies, but beyond that the content is beautifully done too. I cannot wait to continue working through it myself. If you're looking for a great Bible study, this is definitely one worth checking out.

'If God Is For Us' is available to purchase at your favorite Christian book retailers.

And as part of the Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop Event, one very lucky winner is going to win a copy of the Bible study book for themselves. Enter using the giveaway form below.

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  1. I'd love this for my cousin!


  2. My Mother would enjoy this book to use with her Bible study.


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