Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Journeys of Faithfulness - A Review


Journeys of Faithfulness: Stories of life and faith for young christian women

 Recommended for ages 12 and up

 By Sarah Clarkson

From the website
"A wonderful gift for mothers and their daughters! Sarah Clarkson challenges young women to reach higher and go deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ by exploring the spiritual journeys of biblical women whose faith moves and inspires us even today. Celebrate the beauty, sacrifice, and courage that made these women the heroines they are with this collection of inspirational stories and devotions. Through the journeys of Ruth, Esther, Mary, and others, learn how God can reach into the life of an ordinary girl who loves Him and bring His beauty and grace to bear in the world through her obedience. Recommended for ages 12 and up."

Sample Chapter

Table of Contents

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Our Thoughts:

Sarah's book is full of stories of "life and faith" for young Christian women, but also plenty challenging for more mature women as well.  You will walk along side Mary & Martha, Mary (mother of Jesus), Esther, and Ruth.  The stories of Esther and Ruth are my favorite stories of the Bible.  Stories of women who were willing to do the right thing, no matter the cost.  Women who put God first in their lives. 

Sarah takes the facts from the Bible, and intertwines them into longer, more detailed stories.  Stories that allow us a glimpse into these women's hearts:  their struggles and heartbreaks, their dreams and hopes, their deep love for God and for their families.   I did stress to my daughters that the stories in this study were based on non-fiction, but that the author had used dramatic license to add details, not portrayed in the Bible.

After each story, Sarah shares a devotional with the reader, using personal stories from her own lives.  Then she follows it up with several Bible passages to read and ponder, with questions provided for a deeper study.  Sarah wants to challenge young Christian women to "reach higher and go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ by choosing well and staying the course in her walk with God."  It covers topics such as taking the time to "just be" in the presence of God, to not always be busy, but to take time to just be.  She also reminds young ladies of the importance of knowing and believing without a shadow of a doubt, because everything else in your Christian life is based on that foundation.

I found this to be an interesting study.  When we read Bible passages, we hear the stories and think, "Wow, they were true heroines.  They did the right thing."  But when we read these narrations in the study, we take the time to ponder their hearts, and think about their struggles.  Maybe they were scared.  Maybe they were discouraged.  Maybe, at least for a short time, they felt that Jesus had let them down.  We see that these heroines were human, with the same struggles that we have, the same emotions we have, but when it came time to make a choice, they chose God.

The topics are challenging and thought-provoking.  The stories, about some of the Bible's amazing women, are engaging and endearing.  The recommended age is 12 and up.  I used this study as a read-aloud with my 10 and 13 year old daughters.  I, personally, think the recommended age is a bit low.  It felt to me like the book was written at an adult level, and I (as an adult) found some of the Bible Study questions to be challenging.  I would recommended about 14-15 years old and up.  I liked the idea of using the guide as a mother/daughter devotional study.


Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge, as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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