Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Stuck

Stuck By JennieAllen

A review by Katherine Heimsoth

We are often so stuckin invisible struggles in our hearts and minds, we barely have space for God.These deep struggles, these stuck places, are familiar to every one of us:brokenness, anger, discontentment, fear, and sadness. "Stuck" takes onthese struggles within us so that we can encounter God. Because until werecognize that we are stuck and in need of God, we will miss what He has forus.
I was very excited to have the chance to review the DVD/Bookstudy “Stuck”. There seems to be a lack of women’s bible studies for groupsthat are actually engaging the struggles of Christian women. Jennie Allen goesright into the practical, past the “right answer” remarks, to address the sortof things that hold us back in our lives of faith.
This kind of study can be intimidating for small groupleaders to lead, but the leaders guide really does a great job of equipping youwith not only the topics, but how different people can best be lead to a placewhere they can engage with hard topics. This is the kind of teaching that canhelp not only lead this study, but every other study, and all the more as youlearn more about the people in your group.
The session dealing with “discontent” was a great highlight.Addressing how we naturally get into patterns of discontent in our lives,wanting...something (sometimes not even knowing what it is we think we want). Itfocuses on the biblical truth of how God is calling us to something muchgreater. When we get free of this desire for more, no matter if it is for more “stuff”,a different body image, or whatever else, we start becoming ready for God’slarger purposes that he desires for us.
No matter who you are, there is something that seems toengage with where you are in this study, with issues of fear, anger,overloaded, dealing with sadness and more. It does not condemn you, but pointsyou towards something far greater, God and his promises. And it does it in away that isn’t just pretending one easy answer will fix everything. This studywill not fix everyone’s problems, but it will certainly help you get on theright path for getting unstuck with God’s help.
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