New Bible Study Resources for Fall
New Adult Book Study Resources for Fall 2018
The following book study resources are available from Grace Presbytery’s Resource Center. Contact Resource Center Director Leah Wyckoff (click to email Leah) to reserve them.
- Six Themes… This new series of six-session Bible studies from Presbyterian Publishing introduces major books of the Bible and their main themes. Genesis, Matthew, Luke, and 1&2 Timothy, as well as a Bible overview are available now. Each book contains both participant reading and discussion leader materials. Available for preview from Grace Presbytery’s Resource Center and for purchase from the Presbyterian Church Store.
- Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out, by Walter Brueggemann. 8-session Bible study on stories from Old and New Testaments where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it.
- Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass. Explores the transformative power of gratitude for our personal lives and in communities and shows how we can overcome the gratitude gap between private and public lives and make changes in our own lives and the world. Free online group study guide available.
- Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism, by Carolyn Helsel. The author offers tools to get past the anxiety many white congregations feel when discussing racism to embrace and explore these feelings and faithfully talk about racism. Includes discussion questions.
- Five Risks Presbyterians Must Take for Peace: Renewing the Commitment to Peacemaking in the PC(USA), by Christian Iosso. Examines the new PC(USA) peacemaking policy from 2016 and the five risks within it that Christians must affirm to fulfill their calling of peacemaker. Includes reflection questions.
- The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships, by Suzanne Stabile. The author explores the nine Enneagram types and how they experience relationships, while guiding readers into deeper insights about themselves, their Enneagram type, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. Study guide for group or individual study also available.
New Video-based Adult Study Resources for Fall 2018
The following video-based study resources are available from Grace Presbytery’s Resource Center. Contact Resource Center Director Leah Wyckoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve them.
- A Crazy, Holy Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory, by Frederick Buechner. Four-session study based on the book of essays in which Buechner offers autobiographical meditations on the nature of suffering and how Christians can both survive pain and move beyond it into hope. Includes discussion questions and activities based on scripture and on the book and DVD. A helpful study for those who appreciate Buechner’s writing and those dealing with pain and loss in their individual or communal lives.
- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, by Adam Hamilton. Five-session study that explores the worries and fears that many people experience and shows how families and communities can live as peacemakers in troubled times.
- What’s Your Story: Seeing Your Life through God’s Eyes, by Sarah Heath. Five-session study that explores Joseph’s life (Genesis 37-50) and invites participants to see their own lives as a grand tale and to see God’s hand in it.
- Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, by Amy-Jill Levine. Six-session exploration of original audiences’ understanding of Jesus’ parables and new interpretations of the parables that challenge and provoke contemporary readers.
- The Shortest Way Home: C.S. Lewis and Mere Christianity. An introductory review of C.S. Lewis’ classic work on issues of faith and reason that includes insights from Lewis scholars, four part study version with discussion questions, recommended resources for further study, and PDF of film script.
- Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry, by Robert Schnase. A three or six session group study experience for lay leaders, staff, committee chairs, ministry team leaders and other church members that shows church leaders how to create a community where people are empowered for fruitful ministry. The DVD includes nine video clips for use in the sessions.
- Disciples Fast Track: Genesis-Exodus, by Richard Byrd Wilke and Julia Kitchens Wilke. 12-session study of Genesis and Exodus that includes daily reading assignments with spiritual disciplines and a group meeting.
- Disciples Fast Track: Luke-Acts, by Richard Byrd Wilke and Julia Kitchens Wilke. 12-session study of Luke and Acts that includes daily reading assignments with spiritual disciplines and a group meeting.