While prayerfully considering a new online Bible study with the Womens Bible Cafe ministry team, I ordered a copy of Receiving God’s Love: Women of Faith Study Guide Series for consideration. We were purposely seeking a book about God’s love for our next online Bible study. Our leadership team noticed several women in weekly small groups struggling with their identity as a Daughter of the King and God’s love for them. We prayed on this and I purchased several Bible study books based on God’s love.
Receiving God’s Love: Women of Faith Study Guide Series is a 10-chapter Bible study. Many of our leaders, myself included, love the Women of Faith ministry. The book has a two-page “foreword by Patsy Clairmont,” so she is NOT the author of the study. The first sentence of chapter one begins with “Have you ever tasted a Krispy Kreme® doughnut?” and the last paragraph of chapter one begins with “this week’s trinket simply must be a doughnut- if you can manage a warm Krispy Kreme® doughnut, all the better!” I immediately lost interest in the book and found the reference to indulgent food frustrating. Comparing God’s love to Krispy Kreme® is not what I consider a deep and life-changing Bible study for women.
There are a total of eight or nine study questions in each chapter. The time invested is limited and the study is superficial. In the chapter called “This I Know,” the author (s) write: “It’s a silly little tradition, but familiar enough. Picture a young lady sitting on a green slope dotted with wild flowers. In her hand she holds a daisy and she’s slowing plucking the petals and scattering them on the ground. ‘He loves me, he loves me not…'” The chapter also mentions the “Shoop Shoop Song” and I have no idea what they are referring to! They also mention the 1964 song “It’s in His Kiss” and provide the lyrics, suggesting we “turn to the song “Jesus loves me this I know…”
I’m sure there is a market for this book, however it does not suit the deeper online Bible studies that our ministry team is looking for. I found it incredibly frustrating. My sincere apologies to the unnamed authors who poured their hearts into writing the book. I am obligated to write honest reviews and this is my opinion based on many years of leading Bible studies for women.
The book cover is beautifully designed. I ordered a Kindle version as well as a printed copy, investing my heart into our book selection. Amazingly the book version arrived one day after I ordered it from Amazon, though I selected free two-day shipping. I returned my Kindle version and donated my printed version to the local library.
After careful examination, we did select another book for our online Bible study: He Is My All: Living in the Truth of God’s Love for Me (Design4living) by Debbie Alsdorf