A “how-to” study for finding joy in authentic relationships and community
Women long for healthy, deep relationships with those around them. Knowing what those look like can be tricky, however. Where do we go to seek them? How can we approach them? How can we maintain those relationships, despite our own weaknesses?
Sue Edwards is happy to lead the way through Scripture to discover and maintain beloved, organic friendships. Paul’s letter to early Christians is an ideal place to find these answers. This short letter highlights the skills that strengthen authentic connections–skills like trust, humility, healthy self-sacrifice, a generous spirit, and more. It also sheds light on how to overcome toxic connection-killers like envy, comparison, and critical attitudes.
Philipians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship works its way through Paul’s words as a model for deep, authentic community and healthy relationships between believers. When readers reach the end, they’ll have a thorough sense of the content of this ancient letter, and of its relevance for today. Although Paul was under house arrest, he was able to draw joy from his relationships, and we can do the same, no matter our circumstances. Edwards strives to ensure that this Bible study will do more than transfer intellectual information; it will also transform hearts and inspire practice and application.
I really enjoyed working through this Bible study on the book of Philippians. I need a lot of help with relationship building because I have a hard time letting my guard down and allowing anyone to get too close. I really appreciated the lessons and was inspired to take some risks in reaching out to others in the love of God.
I expected a study just on the book of Philippians, but was pleasantly surprised when I found cross-references to other books of the Bible. I also enjoyed the additional information in the sidebars of the pages giving explanations to ideas from the study. For example, why calling Jews “dogs” was such an insult of the time.
The book is thin in width, but packed with information. I liked the overall size of the book because it fit nicely with my Bible.
Overall, there isn’t anything negative I can say about the book. Even for those that have read and/or studied Philippians before, it is a valuable resource and provides a fresh way of looking at this small but interesting book of the Bible.
If you are looking for a user-friendly study to aid in your study of Philippians, this is a great choice!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.