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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.
‘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:
There is also a book of the same name which would provide backup for this resource.
Women, adults, older youth, growing, possibly beginning also – if there are a mixture of people.
Excellent production of DVD and workbook, inviting women into a lively exploration of active discipleship, with a focus on prayer.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meacham has a website which has some further inspirational material on it.
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.
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.
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.
Good opportunity for discussion, which would enhance the individual learning between sessions.
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.
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.
Brilliant application. Some of the best I have seen. Meacham has been through the mill herself, so this resource presents deeply thought-through ideas.
Based on the belief that the Bible is the place to go for truth – both ultimate truth and for day-to-day life.
Superb inspiration – pulls no punches but is yet understanding, encouraging and accepting.
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.
Brings God's vision to some of the toughest challenges of life – and suggests helpful ways ahead.
Meacham's own hard-won experience means that she presents the topics with reality and grit – and integrates it all with growing in faith.
Not a focus
Although the focus of this resource is on personal growth in our relationship with God, the emphasis on prayer includes that for others' situations.
Not a focus, except for developing resilience in all situations.
Not a focus.