Today, I’d like to talk about one of the books I have written. I’ve been authoring and publishing for thirteen years now, under the name Full Gospel Family Publications. We started with one book, a family devotional Bible study for parents and children, called Character Building for Families, Volume 1. The book really caught on, especially among home school families, and we published a Volume 2 as well. The Character Building for Families web site is still our main site today. I’ve since written eight more books and booklets, mostly on the subjects of character and prayer, with a ninth currently in production.
A few years ago, our pastor suggested that I write a character building Bible study geared toward adults. River Life: Entering into the Character of Jesus is the result of that suggestion. It is an outline-based study covering nine main units, spread over 36 weeks:
1. Obedience to the King
2. The Law of Kindness
3. Truthful Living
4. Unswerving Loyalty
5. The Servant Lifestyle
6. The Might of Mercy
7. The Humble Heart
8. Patience — Mark of Maturity
9. Joyful Generosity
There is a Teacher’s Guide, scripted with everything needed to teach and bring about group discussion, and also a Student Workbook, with an answer key in the back.
I like Bible studies that are simple to follow, easy for a group leader to use without gobs of prep time, that speak to where the newer believer is, and yet are meaty enough to provoke thought in the seasoned Christian. Because that is what I want for myself, that is what I have put together in River Life.
I like to build a great deal of flexibility into how my books can be used. River Life: Entering into the Character of Jesus works well within the adult Sunday School or Christian education class, or as a home Bible study. The student workbook is also a complete, stand-alone manual, so that those who cannot attend a group gathering can still use the book for individual study. River Life is written with the intent to allow about one hour, once a week, for each lesson. Besides covering nine major topics, the 36 weeks are further divided into twelve week sections (which works well for many adult education courses).
Probably the best part of the River Life study is that it hits Christians where they live. The goal is to transform each of us into the image of Jesus. It is not just head knowledge. It teaches solid biblical principles, but goes beyond that to bringing deep heart conviction and real-life application. I had to live through each of the character topics personally while writing about them — either through God working on my own attitudes or through having to deal with other people’s attitude issues pastorally. (My husband and I are elders in our local church, which amounts to being lay pastors.) I tell people that writing this book took the “stuffin’s” out of me!
If you need a character study, whether for your personal life, your church’s Christian ed. program, or for home Bible study use, please take a look at River Life: Entering into the Character of Jesus. There are sample pages on the web site to give you a good feel for what the book is like. There are also discounts available for multiple copy purchases.