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He Leads Me

I don’t usually write about non-fiction on this blog but I recently discovered a new company producing Bible studies and other tools that I thought you might enjoy hearing about– The Daily Grace Co. I’m not sponsored in any way, I just stumbled across their website, http://www.thedailygraceco.com, and I thought they had some beautiful, enriching products.

Since Daily Grace happened to be having a warehouse sale at the time, I bought a number of different things to try– a few studies, some highlighters designed to not bleed through the thin pages of your Bible, and a set of Bible verse cards. So far I’ve only worked through one study, so I’m not ready to vouch for the quality of their entire line… but I really liked this study on Psalm 23 called “He Leads Me.” It’s a short study, meant to be finished in two weeks, and works carefully through each verse and line of the beloved chapter.

The study includes prompts to read and write out the chapter, as well as including the daily lessons on each verse or individual line. Almost every day includes three or so questions to help you think through and absorb the meaning of the section. I appreciated that the study was encouraging and refreshing to my soul, but it didn’t feel fluffy/lacking in substance.

Keeping that in mind, I did sometimes wish there were a little more content for days when I had time to do a longer study (maybe optional cross-reference suggestions? Bonus questions in the back of the book for further reflection?) but seeing as this was only designed to be a two week study I really can’t fault it much for that. I’d like to try another Daily Grace study on the book of Isaiah next and see if that gives me more meat to chew on.

If you check out their website, let me know what you think. Also, what Bible studies do you recommend and use often?

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Sneak Peek, My Hands Came Away Red

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I’m wrapped up in the beginning of My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay, and so far I’m feeling optimistic! I have a distance to go before I can say whether this will earn four stars, but here’s a glimpse inside:

     “I would like to go to Bible college,” Mani whispered, as if sharing a secret too precious to say out loud. He looked out over the water, unclenched his fist, and let the handful of sand he’d been clutching dribble out.
“My teachers at school know about a Bible college in Bandung. Can you imagine? Three years just to study the Bible and learn about God?” He sounded awed.

Without context I’m not sure if you’ll be affected by this passage the way I was; “Mani” is a young man on a remote island of Indonesia. His father is a pastor there, and the protagonist of the book, Cori, is part of a mission trip to help them build a church.

I’ve reread this paragraph a couple times, touched. While I’ve never been to a Bible college, I’ve had 23 years to study the Bible and learn about God. Easy, convenient access to countless resources, sermons, Godly counsel and all the time I needed to apply myself. Even so, how many times have I been in awe of these gifts?  I may catch my breath a little tonight when I open up the New Testament or reach for the (free) commentary I checked out from the library.