Spirit Hunger
Gari Meacham, Zondervan, 2012

£32.39 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Spirit Hunger – Filling Our Deep Longing to Connect with God.

A Gutsy New Look at Engaging God in Prayer: Join author and teacher Gari Meacham in this Bible study identifying the path we all share as we struggle to connect with God in prayer.

Too often, it is more tempting to stay safe with God. Do your prayers reflect the desire you have to communicate with God? Do you listen for God, or talk right over him? What would happen if you truly abandoned yourself to experience an adventure with God? Gari Meacham now invites you to get gutsy with God. In Spirit Hunger she journeys with you to the raw places of desiring God and discovering faith-filled way of praying and believing the God we adore.

What do you get and how?

‘This six-week study is designed for use with the Spirit Hunger DVD, and includes group discussion questions, video overviews, and six weeks of daily, personal Bible studies plus a bonus session to wrap up the study.’

This resource is for women. One DVD with six sessions, plus suggestions for other Zondervan resources. Workbook which follows the sessions through, and includes personal studies. Each member will need a workbook. Sessions are:

  • Hiding, Controlling, and Mocha Lattes
  • Engaging God: From Longing to Prayer
  • Whispers and Screams: How Do We Pray?
  • The Guts to Believe
  • Listening Postures
  • Who’s in Charge?

There is also a book of the same name which would provide backup for this resource.

Who is it for?

Women, adults, older youth, growing, possibly beginning also – if there are a mixture of people.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Excellent production of DVD and workbook, inviting women into a lively exploration of active discipleship, with a focus on prayer.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Overall aim of encouraging women to willingly embrace the adventure of discipleship. Clear links between DVD and workbook; good headings throughout. Nowhere on the covers or information does it say it is just for women – but it is!

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The one workbook for all. Quite substantial but well laid out and easy to use – nicely designed. Each session consists of: Introduction; Group discussion (a dozen or so questions based on the video from the previous session, plus the personal study); Video (around 20 minutes). The session notes are followed by Personal Study notes (see below). It is reckoned that the discussion plus video would take about an hour.

    Who could lead it?

    A woman! Someone who is happy to be honest about her own ‘stuff', and encourage others to dig into the Bible for answers to deep questions.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    The Personal Studies are an integral part of the course. There are five days' worth of material. This consists of further input on the theme, including linking it to biblical passages, which are then studied in some detail. There are optional Going Deeper sections with some more signposts to Bible material, and more questions.

    How good is any digital material?

    DVD is easy to use and just one video per session. Meacham presents the material to a group of women sitting around café-style tables. She is an engaging speaker and very easy to listen to. The setting looks very American, and Meacham is American; but the content of what she says is applicable to most women. First class production.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Familiarisation with material, which should not take too long. Setting up the group, which may be a specialised one just to study this material, unless it is being used with an existing group. Facility for showing the video. Reading the book of the same name would be an advantage but not an advantage.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Meacham has a website which has some further inspirational material on it.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The questions for the discussions which begin each session are engaging, creative and sometimes profound. They would easily provoke good discussion; as would the outcomes from the Personal Study.

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

    The video is lively, engaging and easy to listen to – Meacham keeps attention well. The Personal Studies will work best if people put aside time to do them properly, so the group members would have to be happy to do that.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This resource would suit a wide variety of women, as long as they are prepared to have a go at the between-session material. Meacham tackles topics that the vast majority of women would relate to. The American background and assumptions may jar a little, but the quality of the input is worth it.

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

    Good opportunity for discussion, which would enhance the individual learning between sessions.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    A substantial amount of the material is Bible-based. The Personal Study is all based on Bible passages and stories, from both Old and New Testaments.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Outstanding. The Personal Study material guides through biblical passages well, with thought-provoking questions that help along the way, but still leave lots of opportunity for thinking things through oneself. This is a significant strength of this resource, and the Bible study is in-depth.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Brilliant application. Some of the best I have seen. Meacham has been through the mill herself, so this resource presents deeply thought-through ideas.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Based on the belief that the Bible is the place to go for truth – both ultimate truth and for day-to-day life.

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

    Superb inspiration – pulls no punches but is yet understanding, encouraging and accepting.

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

    Practical and thought-provoking. Lots of opportunity to dig into the Bible for oneself. Lots of material about prayer – emphasis here is on petitionary prayer, but other ways of relating to God are included to a lesser degree.

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

    Brings God's vision to some of the toughest challenges of life – and suggests helpful ways ahead.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Meacham's own hard-won experience means that she presents the topics with reality and grit – and integrates it all with growing in faith.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not a focus

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

    Although the focus of this resource is on personal growth in our relationship with God, the emphasis on prayer includes that for others' situations.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus, except for developing resilience in all situations.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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