How to use the Reclaiming Eve Bible Study this Fall

*Congratulations, to Julie Ball, who won the copy of the new Reclaiming Eve Small Group DVD and is hoping to use it in her Sunday School class.

BqmS9HAIIAA9AoB“Pick up this book, throw off the ‘old’ and live out your influence!” — Elisa Morgan, speaker; author, The Beauty of Broken; Publisher, FullFill

“Reclaiming Eve stirs up great food for reflection and discussion.” — Marian V. Liautaud, editor, Today’s Christian Woman; author, The War on Women: The World’s Worst Holocaust

“I recommend this resource for every daughter of Eve!” — Nancy Beach, leadership coach, speaker; author, Gifted to Lead: The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church

The Reclaiming Eve project started in our church, with a flimsy workbook Jamie, Carla and I had put together. Forty women showed up: and one by one, I watched them as so many were set free.

Women were set free to serve as a strong power/ezer  in their homes, in their workplaces, in the church, wherever God called them. Some of them were in their young 20s, some in their 70s or 80s and everything in between. I remember the buzz that floated above the group during small group discussion times, I remember women sharing things they had written, I remember testimonies like this one: "I was in the middle of the grocery store and everything seemed to be going wrong that day. So I broke out singing, 'I am an ezer, and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.'" True that. She said she sang the refrain over and over again, regaining strength for the moment, just enough for the day.

And so it was that as females in our church were set free to serve Christ, we felt compelled to share the message with a wider audience. It took 4 1/2 years to craft our little Bible study into a book you can now read. And we are so thrilled that our publisher, Beacon Hill Press, had the vision to turn the book right back into a Bible study, as Jamie notes in the video for the Introduction. Watch it on youtube.

Now it's as simple as 1-2-3 to bring the 8-session Reclaiming Eve study to your church or group:

1. Have individuals buy the book by ordering it through a local retailer or purchasing it online. Each week, participants should read one section, starting with the Introduction for the first week.

2. Get your group together, open with an icebreaker question or two as provided in the print Bible study guide accompanying the DVD, then watch the week's 10-minute discussion between Jamie, Carla and me.

3. The video discussion will lead you right into a time of deeper Bible study, as laid out in the print piece you'll find inside the DVD cover (pictured here). Keep in mind there are also questions inside the book at the end of each chapter for discussion or reflection. photo-2

The most powerful part of your time together will likely be the spaces where women can share their stories of how they are interacting with the material, how Jesus is setting them free to serve him, and how they are dreaming new dreams about how they might build the Kingdom of God in their everyday lives.

And—don't miss this—come back and share these stories in my comment form, and we will hope to use them to inspire other women to dig into God's Word through the study as well. Finally, I'm giving away five free 20-minute Skype calls to the first discussion groups or Bible study groups to reach me through my contact form. If your group would like to interact with one of the coauthors of the book, this is your chance to ask questions and dig deeper. I'm also taking speaking requests for retreats, conferences, and church services.

For those leading the study this fall, a prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for places where we can open your Word, read about your intentions for your daughters, and be set free to serve you wherever you have placed us and however you have gifted us and called us. Guide each Bible study leader, giving him or her wisdom, discernment, and an ability to engage people with your truth. You are holy, wise, all-knowing, all-seeing, and you always work for the good of those who love you. Today we seek to make your Kingdom come on earth, in us and through us, as it is in heaven. Show us how to be vessels of your love and use this study to reflect your heart for each of us. In the strong name of Jesus we pray, Amen!