Book Review - Included in Christ

Heather Holleman's, Included in Christ - Living A New Story with Ephesians, was published by Moody Publishers. In exchange for my honest opinion, I was given a free copy of this book to review.

When I received this bible study, my expectations were of digging into the book of Ephesians. Although this book is laid out over 8 weeks, 5 days each, I have found it hard to call a Bible study. To me it's more of a book journal catered towards those struggling with their identity in Christ.

The author is a writing professor, who teaches in a university classroom, which you get the feel for when you start to read. The method of searching for verbs throughout the text wasn't one of my favorite ways to study a book of the Bible or group of verses. Within the first couple days you are also asked to read all the chapters in Ephesians, then go back to some and look for verbs. For me, it reminded me more of an English class.

 I wish that the author had slowed down a little more with each chapter reading and then dug deeper into each chapter instead of then giving you verses to read that contain the verb she focused in on.

In regards to truth, I do believe the author makes validate points about our identity in Christ. She also calls you to write your Savior story instead of focusing on your own shadow narrative story. While I love the idea of focusing in our story of what Christ has done for us, I did feel like this book was more of a therapy journal then a book study.

About the Author:
(Found on Moody Publishing site)
HEATHER HOLLEMAN, PhD, is a popular speaker, writer, and college instructor. She is a faculty member of Penn State's English Department and teaches both freshman composition and advanced writing. Heather studied shame and narcissism for her doctoral work in English literature. She serves on the staff of Faculty Commons with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and helps direct the graduate student ministry at Penn State. She has received numerous teaching awards and her teaching philosophy finds its roots in what it means to be "seated at the table." In addition to her full speaking schedule, Heather writes daily inspirational material that reaches thousands through social media. As a prolific writer and speaker, Heather maintains her zeal on paper, in person, and on film. Heather lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ashley, and their two daughters.

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