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This Bible study on the parables of Jesus directs women to upstage their performance-driven lives by living for God's applause alone.
Delving into fresh insights from Jesus’ parables, author and speaker Becky Harling directs you to leave behind a life dependent on the accolades of others and go on a grace-filled journey of seeking God’s applause alone.
This study features discussion-provoking questions and exercises for personal or group study.
• 12 sessions
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Great book for all women
We live in a performance-based world. There is constant pressure to “do more” and “do better”. Harling talks about the world’s standards of people pleasing compared to what is pleasing to God. Each chapter is scripturally based and focuses on a specific issue, such as allowing ourselves time to rest or getting out of the grip of perfectionism.
The length and content of the chapters are very manageable for the busy woman, with most having less than 20 pages. Harling ends each chapter with a prayer to internalize the message of the chapter and follows with six days of questions. Each day could be completed in 20 minutes, but are in depth enough for those who want to spend more time digging deeper.
I read through this book rather quickly for the purpose of writing my review and plan to go back through it at a much slower pace. It’s very practical and applicable for areas of all women’s lives, whether she is a stay-at-home mom or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Personally, I admire authors who are willing to share their personal experiences when teaching others. It makes me respect them that much more.
7/22/2011 8:13:27 PM
A superb bible study for women
I am and always will be a big “fan” of bible study books. A superb bible study book especially if is written by a woman and meant for women brings a certain delight for me. It makes bible reading more enjoyable and bridges the “gap” of how things in ancient time before and after Jesus Christ and how it can be relevant in modern times.
In this particular bible study, I have learned from Ms. Becky Harling what grace really means. How must of us strive the be the “Super woman or Wonder woman” who strive for the approval of others or simply obsessed on how to pleased them all.
In the process we end up being emotionally and physical exhausted as we try to “perform” in front of the audience which compose mainly of our friends, family, relatives and even God.
Ms. Harling thoroughly explores how we can have authentic grace or how our significance doesn’t come from what we do or from what others expect from our performance.
I truly loved this 12 week bible study and I highly recommend it for individual or group study as this gives you fresh insights as what grace is all about.
7/20/2011 11:49:04 PM
Recommended Ladies' Bible Study
In the small group Bible study "Freedom from Performing," author Becky Harling gently confronts the ideas that Christians must earn the approval of others, work for praise, seek to impress, earn the approval of God, or prove to the world through their actions that they are indeed saved. To do this, throughout the book, she emphasizes different aspects of God’s amazing grace. In fact, each chapter has a one sentence "Grace Glimpse" to highlight the chapter’s point. We rest in God’s grace, and once we’re secure in that, we serve out of gratitude and love as the Holy Spirit leads.
Within each chapter, Harling highlights Bible stories that show God’s grace in action among His people. Her explanations of the cultural concepts behind many of the stories especially appealed to me. She also references many pertinent Bible verses for the reader to look up on her own. Harling also shares parts of her testimony and the testimonies of other women in each chapter in order to show how points apply. As we understand the experiences of others, we can better understand how the message can work in our personal lives. Each chapter ends with a "Message from the Grace Giver"—a letter written as if from God to the reader, a scripture prayer to help the reader internalize grace, and a daily Bible study for the reader to work through on her own to later discuss with her small group.
If you are looking for a great small group Bible study for women, I highly recommend "Freedom from Performing" by Becky Harling. I read it alone and found it so encouraging even that way, but I think the blessings would have been exponential in a group setting. I look forward to reading it again that way someday!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
7/17/2011 12:23:53 PM
My new favorite book
I read a lot of books- both fiction and non-fiction, Christian and secular. I usually enjoy the books that I read, then put them away and forget what I've read. But occasionally a book will come along that affects me deeply and really speaks to a need in my life. Freedom from Performing has been one of those books.
Before I got married and had kids, I was very involved with worship ministries at my church. I also had a successful career. So my life was full of lots of external validation and pats on the back. While I love my life now and wouldn't trade it for anything, life as a stay-at-home mom isn't exactly brimming over with validation and thanks for a job well done. And I've been struggling with that, to be honest. Freedom from Performing really speaks to that part of a woman's heart- the part of us that gets our worth from what other people think of us and what they say. It's a book full of wonderful reminders that, above all else, we are daughters of God and He loves us dearly.
I really like the format of Freedom from Performing. Each chapter addresses an important aspect of building our identity in Christ, with lots of examples, stories, Bible verses and prayer. Then at the end of each chapter, there's a short 7-day Bible study on that topic. I'm a busy mom and don't have a lot of spare time for long, involved Bible studies, but this one gets right to the point and does so with scriptures and questions that really made me keep thinking for the rest of the day.
I often pass on books that I receive for review, but this one is going nowhere. It's going to stay right next to my Bible so that I can re-read it and keep hearing these important messages. If you're a Christian woman who is struggling with issues of self-worth and identity, I would highly recommend that you read this fabulous book.
Disclosure: I received this book to review for myself, as part of the NavPress book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
7/12/2011 3:55:43 PM
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"Freedom from Performing: Grace in an Applause-Driven World", written by Becky Harling, is a Bible study like no other. The book is jam-packed with insightful information for all of us "performers". Included in this book is a 12 week Bible Study, Daily Bible Study, Words from our Savior, and prayers using Scripture. Becky also showcases a parable of Jesus in each chapter!
This book is the perfect Bible Study for groups or individuals! I can see myself leading a Bible Study using only this book and a Bible. There are chapters that can be read and discussed as a group and then there are individual daily studies to bring it all home. I was very impressed with this book. It was an easy read. I understood everything that Becky was saying and often felt that she must know me personally. She tells all "performers" how to let go of past hurts and move on to a grace filled life! I recommend this book to anyone who is a "performer"- someone who is looking for the approval of others.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
7/12/2011 9:31:43 AM