I was drawn to Ignite Your Passion for God by Kay Arthur and Mark Sheldrake for a few reasons. One is that I enjoy Kay Arthur and two was the idea of a no homework study. I got a lot more than I bargained for with this book.
Kay Arthur and Mark Sheldrake open with “How To Use This Study”. This is fantastic! This section gives you the reason behind the book. “for people who are interested in learning for themselves more about what the Bible says on various subjects, but who have only limited time to meet together.” They also state that it is ideal for small groups that “want to devote only a portion of their time together to actual study, while reserving the rest for prayer, fellowship, or other activities.”They also give some helpful tips to facilitators.
In each week it opens with a short blurb getting you ready for the Scripture to follow. The ‘observe’ section leads you to the Scripture. There is a section just for the leader to help guide them along the class. Scripture is right there on the page for highlighting and easy reference. Ignite Your Passion for God also offers ways to mark references to different words as well as corresponding synonyms and/or pronouns.
The next sections is the discussion questions. There are roughly 3-5 questions to encourage the group to verbalize their thoughts and the process.
The last section is called “Wrap it up”. In this section they summarize a bit and point to you to apply it to your life. This is a section worthy of its own discussion time.
The categories or topics discussed in this book are:
*Fan the Flames
*Passion for Prayer
*Passion for God’s Worship
*Sharing the Gospel
*How Suffering Ignites Passion
On the back cover of the book it says this: “Through this six-week study, your eyes will be opened to the distractions that can undermine your interest in the things of God, and you’ll discover practical steps you can take to ignite a fire that will propel you toward a deeper, more meaningful faith.”
This book does just that!
*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”