Part of the Inscribed Collection, a series of books has been released via Thomas Nelson, that really encourages a deeper search into the bible that goes beyond just “basic topical approaches” but takes a deep approach in an assuming ways. Exploring topics such as developing a deeper love for God’s word, looking into the book of Habakkuk and how God works in ways that go beyond sometimes what we think understand, how to apply Gods word in practical ways in our daily lives and using the example of the tabernacle that was given to the Israelites in how we can have a deeper relationship with God…the “Inscribed Collection” is a series of books that really challenges and convicts the reader to have a richer relationship and study of both Gods work and how God works in our life.
Bound in beautiful parchment like paper with watercolor inspired covers, each of the books are books that would be a welcome addition to ones personal or group bible studies. Uniquely written, I was very taken back, not only by the passion for Gods word but the knowledge that is present in precise and yet conversational styles while still providing the readers with background information, scripture and questions to really have you (and myself) digging deeper into the Bible.
Now for a brief summary as provided for each of the books:
Leaving Ordinary by Donna Gaines
The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and be known by God. God longs for an intimate relationship with us as well. But how do we develop that kind of relationship with a holy God? It is one thing to long for such a relationship, but quite another to experience intimacy with Him. In Leaving Ordinary, Donna Gaines shares from her personal experience how prayer can become the channel that links the believer’s heart to the heart of God.
God gave the pattern of the tabernacle to the Israelites. It was a temporary and portable dwelling for His glory. Through it God taught them how to approach and worship Him before He led them to their reward—the promised land. Using the tabernacle and its articles as a guide, Donna teaches readers how to interact with God in that secret place of true intimacy that leads to worship. Your ordinary daily practice of prayer can become an extraordinary encounter with the living Lord. Leaving Ordinary is essential reading for anyone who desires to enter into and experience the reality of God’s presence.
Living “So That” by Wendy Blight
In today’s world, it’s tough to make everyday decisions, let alone decisions that honor God. Our culture is increasingly driven by selfish desires. However, as Christians, our lives should not be self-centered and static; they should be others-centered and active, making a difference for the Kingdom of God.
Living “So That” is a fresh approach to understanding God’s Word, focusing on many of the powerful “so that” verses in Scripture, including Jesus Came So That. . .; God Spoke So That. . .; Pray So That. . .; Trials Come So That. . . . Through her approachable style, personal examples, and biblical teaching, Wendy equips readers to take what they study in the Word of God and practically live it out in order to impact the world around them. The result is a renewed appreciation for the power and applicability of Scripture. Through practical examples and biblical truths, Wendy helps readers gain a new perspective on daily living, equipping them to apply these biblical truths to present-day decision-making.
Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel
Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.
When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him.
God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises?
Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.
Dive Deeper by Jenifer Jernigan
Equip yourself to fall deeply in love with God’s Word through this unique, interactive Bible study. Delving into the book of Ephesians, Dive Deeper is a tool for women—those who might be satisfied and content with their Bible study and for those who find themselves fearful or numb—to dive deeper into the living and active Word of God.
Dive Deeper comes from Jenifer Jernigan’s heart. As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up with some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Jenifer found herself becoming numb to the things of God because the Bible stories were all too familiar. She longed to break through the serene surface of her safe place and dive deeper into scripture. She wanted to fall in love with the stories she knew so well. Over time, Jenifer learned to do just that. Her unique methods are shared in this one-of-a-kind study. Dive Deeper takes readers by the hand and jumps with them into the exhilarating waters of Bible study.
As one can see, these collection of books really brings the readers into more than just a passing study of the Bible and how even today, it is still applicable, but really challenges the reader to dive deeper into the Bible.
I honestly couldn’t find any cons but was instead impressed that despite the appearance (as the cliche goes, “Never judge a book by its cover), these books don’t touch the surface of the Bible but rather you really get a feel for the intellectual, professional and passionate love for the Bible and God that manifests itself in each of the books.
My personal favorite was “Amazed and Confused” because it went into the book of Habakkuk, a book that we really don’t hear much about and in which Heather Zempel not only shares her personal expertise but display a writing style that really gets the reader looking at a little known Prophet that is rarely, if ever brought up.
These are books that if you are wanting to take reading and studying the Bible to the next level, I highly recommend to use either for personal or group study.