Cover to cover

Cover to cover
Various, including Selwyn Hughes. CWR. Ongoing

£3.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

These helpful guides in the Cover to Cover range are ideal for group and individual study. Experience the reality of Bible events like never before and live through the inspiring lives of key characters in Scripture. Learn how to apply God’s Word to your life as you explore seven compelling sessions and gain a new depth to your Bible knowledge.

What do you get and how?

Booklet. Huge range of titles, from themes (Parables; The Holy Spirit; The Lord’s Prayer; The Image of God) to biblical books (Proverbs, Jeremiah; Gospel of Matthew; Revelation), to seasonal (Advent: My Beloved Son; Lent: Centred on Christ) From www.cwr.org.uk

Who is it for?

Beginning and growing Christians

Cost?

£3.99 (5 or more: 20% discount)

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Attractive, slim A5 booklets. Nicely set out and accessible.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims clearly described in leader's notes, with relevant backup information.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    All material in the one booklet, with the leader's notes at the back. Helpful further reading suggestions. Good background material for ‘answers' and contributions to the discussions. Supportive and realistic style. Icons in main material and clear layout, with similar format throughout. No timings.

    Who could lead it?

    Any leader with a bit of experience.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    See above. Spaces for writing responses in, whether in group setting or using individually. Plenty of input for individual use.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A, though use of music recommended for opening worship slots where suggested.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Shouldn't take too long, but the leader's notes at the back need to be related to the main session material each time and decisions made about how much of input material to be used. Really good range of thought-provoking information. Music if you are using it, plus occasional props.

    Is there website support? Links?

    CWR website shows the inside of some of the booklets.

    Is it dated?

    New and updated titles still being produced.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Worship, prayers, innovative icebreakers, imaginative discussion questions.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Discussion and engagement with biblical text after opening worship or icebreaker activity. Not interactive in other ways.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Suitable for many Christians as it is. More or less of the input material could be used as appropriate. Activities could be added, but this would take more preparation.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Honesty and application directly encouraged, though different authors do this in a variety of ways, some more than others.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    80%. Apart from opening items, whole study revolves around the biblical material.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    See above. Really good engagement, both providing background and provoking reactions.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Grounded in reality.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    CWR is evangelical by conviction, but these studies are carefully crafted and accessible to many.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    The vast range of titles covers a multitude of topics and biblical material.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    All the material is designed to help people relate biblical material to their understanding of God and their relationship with him.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Members are encouraged to engage thoroughly with what the biblical text says, and neither settle for platitudes nor avoid difficult challenges.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    ‘Personal application' section always included. Many icebreakers focus on real-life situations. Very practical.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Where relevant to the topic chosen, it's there, in the same spirit of real and honest engagement.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Where relevant to the topic chosen, it's there, in the same spirit of real and honest engagement.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    See relevant titles, e.g. Rivers of Justice.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    See relevant titles, e.g. Isaiah 1-39 and topics based on New Testament letters.

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