What Are You Studying in the Word?

by Jennifer Donovan

Do you have the kind of friends who will ask you that question, point blank? I do, and I’m so glad. I have really come to value spending time in God’s word: on my own with only the Bible, going through a study by myself, or using a study and meeting with a group. Regardless of the poor habits I fall into at times, back-to-school time always reminds me to get back to the important ritual of Bible study. Circumstances, schedules, or personal preference might prevent us from joining up with a group (which is personally my favorite way to study since it enables me to fellowship, be held accountable to do the study, and learn from the others in the group), but there are many great stand-alone resources available for everyone at reasonable prices. I generally try to work through something on my own in addition to participating in an organized class, and studies like this are perfect for that. Read on for several great resources (each with a give away).

This summer, I studied Java with the Judges from the Coffee Cup Bible Studies java.jpgby Sandra Glahn. There are several things that I enjoyed about this six lesson study. It’s a small book (maybe 6 by 8 inches), and spiral-bound, so it was easy to slip into my purse when I went out to the park or to a coffee shop. Even better, it contains the text so that I did not need to bring my Bible along either (this was also helpful as I stumbled to the table in the mornings to study before I had a cup of coffee in me). But more than the format, I enjoyed this lively and very applicable study of Old Testament History. The time of Judges is critical to understanding the Bible as a whole, and Sandra Glahn presented just enough history so as not to overwhelm. This is a perfect study to do individually, because there is enough teaching within each lesson to clarify the passage. The questions are mostly focused on personal reflection, which allows the reader to personally apply each portion of scripture.The author has donated one copy to give away (U.S. or Canada).

Sue Edwards has two new inductive Bible studies– Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World which has nine lessons, and Daddy’s Girls: Discover the Wonder of the Father (sproverbs.jpgome of the attributes of God), which has eight lessons. I enjoy inductive Bible studies, but they do require you to dig in and think for yourself. However, Sue Edwards has easily keyed each lesson so that the individual can decide to just complete the core questions, which take a bit less time, but still give understanding of the text. The Digging Deeper questions challenge the reader to find out more about other facts and passages that illuminate this text. The Summit questions are for a more advanced student and address more complex issues and differing points of view. There is a nice leader’s guide with general tips for leading a group, as well as specific helps regarding the content. There is also a special section called Table Talk specifically for small group discussion. As many resources as there are for groups, the way these studies are structured would also be perfect for the individual who enjoys deep study on her own. Three winners will receive both of these studies (U.S. or Canada).completely-his.jpg

Shannon Ethridge is a woman who has been used mightily by God by honestly sharing her struggles and successes under God’s power. In Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits, she shares about a tragedy early on in her life, and how it lead her to the realization that the Creator of the universe longed for her to be completely His. The book explores Old Testament customs and the relevance to the bridegroom Jesus pursuing us as his bride. There are four 30 day Bible study guides that act as a companion, or a follow-up to the book (although the studies do stand alone as well). The first is Completely Loved. These daily studies are designed to foster intensive heart-to-heart time with God. Each day begins with a couple of chapters of suggested scriptures to read, a short illustrative teaching passage, a few questions for personal reflection, and a prayer. This is a great bedside study for morning or evening personal use and personal application. One winner will receive the book and the study (U.S. only).

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You may have seen these logos in sidebars of blogs you visit. Lisa, The Preacher’s Wife, posts an online Bible study called I AM. . . so you don’t have to be. She is starting round two, with a new group this week (although it’s open to join at any time). So click over to find out how it works. What’s great is that in addition to reading and studying along with her, you can participate by linking up your thoughts on each lesson. Lisa asks questions to help you understand In this way, you can still benefit from a Bible study community–virtually. Isn’t the internet great?

Do you want another way to get a word from God on your computer each day? Add Faith Lifts devotionals to your morning blog-reads. You can read my latest post on Transparency. If you would be interested in contributing to Faith Lifts, check out the details and send in your submission.

If you would like to win any of the studies listed above, please leave a comment, noting your order of preference (be sure to only enter those that will ship to your country). Enter by Sunday for a chance to win. The winners will be posted on Monday, September 3.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Myrna August 30, 2007 at 12:40 am

These all look wondeful. Am I the first to comment???

Daddy’s girls: Discover the wonder of the Father

I AM. . . so you don’t have to be

Java with the Judges

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2 Bev August 30, 2007 at 12:40 am

Here is my entry. I like Java with the Judges, then the Proverbs and Daddy’s girl and Completely his in that order.

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3 Laura August 30, 2007 at 1:01 am

What a wonderful giveaway!

I would love to win either of these.

My preference is as follows:

the duo of Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World and Daddy’s Girls: Discover the Wonder of the Father

Java with the Judges

and

Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits

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4 Laura August 30, 2007 at 1:07 am

Hi Jennifer, my first choice would be the Java with the Judges book. Thanks!

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5 Wendy August 30, 2007 at 1:10 am

This is one of the best giveaways yet!

My order of preference is:
Java with the Judges
Proverbs and Daddy’s Girl
Completely His

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6 Monica August 30, 2007 at 1:25 am

Jennifer,
They are wonderful… First choice would be Daddy’s Girl, 2nd Java with judges… I dont care what I win. A win is a win with any of these studies!!

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7 Caryn August 30, 2007 at 1:45 am

I like them all. But here are my preferences in order:

Proverbs and Daddy’s Girl

Java with the Judges

Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits

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8 Kathy August 30, 2007 at 2:12 am

Studying Proverbs 18:14 about a wounded spirit. Very surprised and comforted by the words.

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9 Martha August 30, 2007 at 7:17 am

Wonderful giveaway!

Java With the Judges
Completely His
Proverbs
Daddy’s Girls

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10 Melissa August 30, 2007 at 7:21 am

I like them all, but my first choice would be the Proverbs set. Second, Java with the Judges, and third, Completely His. Thank you!

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11 Monkey Giggles August 30, 2007 at 7:22 am

Getting into God’s word is just what I need.

Java with the Judges
Completely His
Daddy’s Girl
Ancient Wisdom

Thank you for offering this give away.

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12 Theresa August 30, 2007 at 7:37 am

They all sound good! My order of favorites is:

Java with the Judges
Proverbs
Completely His

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13 Bonnie August 30, 2007 at 7:46 am

Sounds great!

My order is

Java with Judges
Completely His
Proverbs

Thanks!

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14 Proud to be country August 30, 2007 at 7:57 am

Java with the word and judges looks great. Thanks for the giveaway. I do need a new study.
Alyson

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15 Adventures In Babywearing August 30, 2007 at 8:15 am

I would be interested in ALL of this!! Specifically the Proverbs and Java with the Judges ones! Thank you SO much for tipping us off to them, too!

Steph

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16 Natalie August 30, 2007 at 8:15 am

I am so excited! I can’t wait to win one of these studies.

Completely His
Java with the Judges
Proverbs/Daddy’s Girls

Thanks ladies!

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17 Liz August 30, 2007 at 8:17 am

Wow, what a great giveaway.

Java with the Judges looks great to me.
Completely His
Proverbs/Daddy’s Girls

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18 Mama Zen August 30, 2007 at 8:18 am

These all sound wonderful!

Java with the Judges
Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl
Completely His

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19 ELLIE August 30, 2007 at 8:33 am

This is wonderful…..I am interested in
Java
Proverbs
Daddy’s girl
Completely His

What a terrific give-a-way

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20 Juliet A August 30, 2007 at 8:41 am

Java witht he Judges sounds exactly like the sort of book I need next. I really like old testament studies – the seem to be more about the scripture and less about promoting a doctrine.

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21 Sarah August 30, 2007 at 8:43 am

Java Judges, Proverbs, COmpletely His and then Daddy’s Girl.

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22 Mommy Bee August 30, 2007 at 8:43 am

What a great giveaway!
I am interested in…
1. Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl
2. Java with the Judges
3. Completely His

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23 Crystal D August 30, 2007 at 9:00 am

All of these sound very interesting.
My preferences…
Completely His
Java with the Judges
Daddy’s Girl

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24 annabelle August 30, 2007 at 9:17 am

I would loved to be entered into the drawing for all those books. They all sound very interesting, so any of them would be fine with me! Thanks!

1. Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl
2. Completely His
3. Java with the Judges

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25 Carrie Lea August 30, 2007 at 9:27 am

I would love to have the “Java with the Judges”. I am a Sunday School teacher at my church and we are beginning this quarter with lessons from the Old Testament. I think this would be a great help in my studies for these upcoming lessons. Also “Completely His” would be great too, as it makes mention of the Old Testament.

Thank you for condisering me for a winner of either of these books.

God Bless,
Carrie

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26 Jenna August 30, 2007 at 9:27 am

I’m almost done with one of mine. I could use another.

1. Proverbs
2. Completely His
3. Judges

:)

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27 Karen August 30, 2007 at 9:33 am

1. Java with the Judges
2. Completely His
3. Proverbs
4. Completely Loved
What a great way to start the day! :) Thanks for this.

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28 Amy W August 30, 2007 at 9:33 am

I agree with most, Java looks great, and as you said, I don’t need to have my bible with me.

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29 Amy A. August 30, 2007 at 9:35 am

I would love to win any of them. I guess my preference would be:
Edwards
Etheridge
Glahn
Thanks!

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30 Sara August 30, 2007 at 9:55 am

I just read through Judges and was wishing for something to help me understand it better.
Java with the Judges
Proverbs/Daddy’s Girls

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31 Kim August 30, 2007 at 10:07 am

I would love to win any of the books… Thanks so much. Blessings..

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32 Alexa Soto August 30, 2007 at 10:11 am

With a son named Gideon, I really would love the Java with Judges.

Thanks!

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33 jenna August 30, 2007 at 10:13 am

Honestly, any of these studies would bless my life. Thanks for blessing all our lives with these giveaways.

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34 Teresa August 30, 2007 at 10:36 am

I always feel it about this time, after a long summer of hit and miss I am ready to really dive back in and hold myself accountable to a regular study. Any of these books look AWESOME. Since you asked, I will list in order of preference. 1. Java w/ Judges 2. Daddy’s Girls 3. Proverbs 4. Completely His Thanks again for some great reviews!!!

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35 Cheri August 30, 2007 at 10:46 am

Please enter me for Java with Judges and Completely His.

Thanks!

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36 stephanie August 30, 2007 at 10:49 am

Java with the Judges
Proverbs…

Thanks!

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37 Julie Robinson August 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

1. Proverbs
2. Java with the Judges
3. Daddy’s Girls
4. Completely His

Our church has recently started reading Proverbs everyday – there are just enough proverbs for each month so you just read the proverb that matches the date! This is such a great giveaway and will bless many people! Thanks!

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38 Amanda G. August 30, 2007 at 11:04 am

I would love this

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39 lace August 30, 2007 at 11:39 am

What a great giveaway. I would love a bible study.

1. Completely his
2. Java with the Judges
3. Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl

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40 Stephanie August 30, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Sign me up please!

1. Java with the Judges
2. Proverbs
3. Daddy’s Girls

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41 Tessa August 30, 2007 at 12:05 pm

My order would be: Java with judges
Complerely his
Daddys Girl.
Thanks for another awesome contest

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42 CPA Mom and Soccer Mom Angela August 30, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Java with the Judges seems most applicable to my prayer life. I’d love to delve deeper into the OT.

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43 Noralee August 30, 2007 at 12:42 pm

I am looking for a new Bible Study to do and I just heard Shannon Ethridge being interviewd on the radio. Her book sounds great. Count me in on the giveaway. My preference: Completely His, Java with the Judges and then the Sue Edwards set. Thanks!!!

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44 Sarah August 30, 2007 at 1:24 pm

Thanks for this opportunity!
1. Java with the Judges
2. Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl
3. Completely His (If I hadn’t just bought this, it would have definitely been #1!!)

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45 Penny G August 30, 2007 at 1:52 pm

These look like great Bible studies. My preference would be the same order they were reviewed:
1. Java w/ the Judges
2. Proverbs & Daddies Girls
3. Completely Loved

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46 Madidmom August 30, 2007 at 2:27 pm

I’d be glad to win any but I think my order of preference is the same order that you listed them in your post. Although I live in Spain, I have a US address that you could ship them to (family) who will then drop them in the mail to me next time they send a package.

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47 Shonnie Moore August 30, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Wow! I just heard Shannon Eldridge on the radio this morning! I would love to read her book!

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48 Andrea August 30, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Please enter me in the first two…my preference is as follows:
1. Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl
2. Java with the Judges

Thanks!!

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49 Lauren August 30, 2007 at 3:33 pm

I would love to win!

1)Sue Edwards
2)Java with the Judges
3)Completely His

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50 Constance Gilbert August 30, 2007 at 5:08 pm

As a mom, gramma, writer, Bible study leader, & Child of the King I am always desiring to deepen my walk with God through intensive Bible Study so the Completely Loved series caught my eye. At the same time I am always looking for good studies to guide my friends to and through; so any of the studies “fit the bill.” Thanks for presenting a peek at each!!! Connie

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51 Jessica August 30, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Any sound great…I need to get deeper into the word.

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52 casual friday everyday August 30, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World

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53 Angela August 30, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Daddy’s Girls
Proverbs
Java

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54 Stephanie August 30, 2007 at 7:19 pm

I’d like to win “Java with the Judges.” Thanks!

P.S. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE your site?

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55 Katrina August 30, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Wow, great resources. I’ve done Java w/ the Judges already, and agree that it’s great. So please enter me for either Sue Edwards’ or Shannon Ethridge’s. Thanks!

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56 Jenny August 30, 2007 at 9:02 pm

This is such a great giveaway! I am always looking for new books or resources to use to help on my christian walk.

My preference is as follows:

Java with the Judges

the duo of Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World and Daddy’s Girls: Discover the Wonder of the Father

and

Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits

Thanks!!!

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57 Carol August 30, 2007 at 9:18 pm

OOOOHh! I love contests!

I would like the Proverbs set, then Completely His, then Java with the Judges.

Fun, fun, fun!
Thank you!

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58 Cath August 30, 2007 at 10:51 pm

This does sound wonderful. I think my order of preference would be Java With the Judges, the Sue Edwards set, and third would be Completely His.

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59 Sarah August 31, 2007 at 1:35 am

I would love to own the Java with the Judges book! Then, my other preferences would be Completely His, and Daddy’s girls. They all sound so great! I love reading books! Great give away…and great reviews!

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60 Nichole August 31, 2007 at 6:51 am

1. Proverbs
2. Java with the Judges
3. Completely His

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61 Stacey August 31, 2007 at 7:57 am

Java with the Judges sounds like a great fit right now! Completely His then Proverbs would be great too!

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62 Jennifer August 31, 2007 at 8:54 am

What a great giveaway! All of these look great, but I guess my preference would be Completely His, Proverbs/Daddy’s Girl, and then Java with the Judges. Thanks!

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63 Dana Rexrode August 31, 2007 at 9:16 am

I would love a chance to win! In order of preference:

Java with Judges
Edwards Studies
Completely His

Thanks so much for doing this! What an awesome gift it would be!

Dana

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64 Rhen (yestheyareallmine) August 31, 2007 at 9:36 am

-Daddy’s Girl- Discover the wonder of the Father
-Proverbs
-Java with Judges
-Completely His

Thanks! ~Rhen

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65 Tami August 31, 2007 at 10:31 am

First choice: Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits by Shannon Ethridge

Second choice: Java with the Judges from the Coffee Cup Bible Studies by Sandra Glahn.

Third choice: Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World and Daddy’s Girls: Discover the Wonder of the Father

Thanks!!

Three winners will receive both of these studies (U.S. or Canada).

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66 Desi Wilson August 31, 2007 at 10:44 am

These books all sound so great. My preferences are:
1. “Daddy’s Girls,” “Completely loved,” Completely His,” “Java with the Judges,” and Proverbs
Thanks much!

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67 Lisa - The Scrap Princess August 31, 2007 at 10:59 am

Oh I have been wanting to start attending a Bible study at my Church and my schedule never matches the times the women meet….I’d love to receive one of these!
My order of preference is:
Java with the Judges
Proverbs and Daddy’s Girl
Completely His

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68 Kelley Mathews August 31, 2007 at 3:34 pm

I’d love a copy of Java with the Judges, first…I remember when Sandi first taught it to our bible study group years ago. She’s refined it dramatically and added so much historical background–it’s wonderful. Secondly, I’d love a copy of the Proverbs study. Thanks for the resources–just found your site and it looks great!

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69 Annette August 31, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Will be starting the I AM study! Thanks.

1. Java with Judges
2. Proverbs

Unfortunately don’t qualify for Completely His.

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70 Krista August 31, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for the cool link to the online study, I’m definitely going to check it out. Feeling a little claustrophobic these days at home with my 5 month old!
My preferences with the studies would be:

Completely loved
Java with the Judges
Proverbs and Daddy’s Girl

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71 Tricia September 1, 2007 at 11:07 am

I would love to win…..
Daddy’s girl and proverbs
Completely His
Java with the Judge.

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72 Amy September 1, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Those books look great. I appreciate your opening question about having friends that ask about our time in the word. I have been a Christian for 8 years and the last year or so getting into my bible has been really tough. We have moved to a new city and church, we had a baby, my job stress rose significantly. Of course these are reasons I SHOULD be in the Bible more! Anyway, I love the suggestions. Hope to win and if I don’t hopefully I’ll be able to pick these up.

I would love:
Daddy’s girl and proverbs
Java with the Judges
completely His

Thanks for the offer!

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73 Bonnie September 2, 2007 at 12:36 am

I can’t wait to check out the online study. In this past year I discovered how Bible Studies can help so much in furthering your faith education. I thirst for His truth everyday. Thanks so much for posting this.

I would love:
Daddy’s Girl:Discover the Wonder of the Father
Completely His

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74 Beth S. September 2, 2007 at 11:00 pm

I am ready to check out the online bible study. I will do that as soon as I finish this…

I would love:
Java with the Judges
Proverbs and Daddy’s Girl
Completely His

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75 Tammy September 2, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Please enter me into your devotional giveaway. Any and all sound wonderful!

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76 Doreen September 3, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Would love to win!!

1. Java with the Judges
2. Proverbs/Daddy’s Girls
3. Completely His

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77 cute2carry Handbags September 3, 2007 at 5:40 pm

oooh, those look awesome! Hope I’m not too late!

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78 Veggiemomof2 September 24, 2007 at 5:07 pm

I’m not picky, I’ll take whatever He feels you should send me!

I’m doing the Beth Moore bible study “A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place” It’s a new release of the 1st study she ever wrote.

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79 Micaela Beytebiere February 21, 2008 at 1:45 am

Hi, I’ve been wanting to start a bible study with some of my friends and I was very interested in the books by Sue Edwards.
Daddy’s girls: Discover the Wonder of the Father
and
Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for a postmodern world

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