This review took longer to put together than I had thought it would. I wanted to do more than just glance at the material and watch the DVD, I wanted to do the study, and I wanted some of my girlfriends to see it too.
This is unlike any other group Bible study I have done. Sure you watch the DVD and you get a personal workbook, but the neat touch to this one is that there really isn't a group leader. A facillitator maybe, but not a leader. You see, rather than someone standing at the front of the class after watching the DVD and asking questions, you break off into small groups (or in my groups case you just gather together since we are already small) and there are some business size cards scattered on the table. You take turns drawing cards and discussing them. It leads to more honest conversation and a much more relaxed atmosphere. The questions are thought provoking and the discussion gets deep at times.
Another thing I like is the honesty that comes across from Jennie during the video presentations. She doesn't come across as judgemental, but as someone who has been there, suffered through it too, and found a way to overcome that she just HAS to share with you. This is only the second DVD study I have ever done (the first being one by Lyssa Terkeurst) and so far I find them very enjoyable as well as thought provoking. The cinematography was beautiful and I felt at home with Jennie.
Then there are the workbooks. They are set up with the busy woman in mind. No pressure to finish on a certain day or to even finish before the group meets again. You get out of it what you put in it so it is entirely up to you as to how much to do and when to do it. No more guilt. The down side to that is that for the unmotivated you may find yourself completing the study without ever having opened the book which would be awful considering how much it helps you to delve deeper into the subject material, to examine yourself, and to apply scripture.
So if you are looking for a good group study in the coming year, you should definitely consider this one. It would be well worth the time!