Designed for Living: Life as God Intended
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Understand yourself and others better as you discover God’s original design for your life with this 8-session resource for women.
Explore your deepest longings, motives and patterns of thinking and relating, and find deep security and personal significance as you learn to draw more thoroughly on the Father’s love for you.
This workbook, based on CWR’s popular Designed for Living seminar, will help you to uncover and correct harmful beliefs, thought processes and behaviours so you can live life more freely and fully as a child of God.
Suitable for group or individual use.
“More than a decade ago my life was drastically changed when I encountered the design for living which this book describes – and I genuinely have never been the same person since!
“By helping me to understand and accept myself, and others, I was able to discard the ‘candy floss’ mask I’d always hidden behind. I’m no longer afraid to be the person God created me to be, as I find my identity in Him.”
– Jennifer Rees Larcombe
Glossy A5 booklet with 8 sessions:
Part 1: Considering Our Design
Part 2: Restoring Our Divine Image
Women, small group, personal. Beginning, Growing.
Insightful and deeply helpful biblical resource for women to explore their true identity in God, and what that means for healthy emotional growth. Highly recommended.
Clear structure to the sessions, which revolve around a good progression through the subject.
Clearly laid out and easy-to-use sessions with the following pattern:
Explore the Bible (plus questions);
Ask Yourself (opportunity to engage personally with the topic);
Take it Deeper (addressing issues at a more challenging level);
Listen to Others (a short story of personal application);
Prayer (suggested written prayer and relevant themes);
Have a Smile (a light moment to bring a smile).
Clear font and headings. Creative ideas are placed at the end of each session, but relate to an earlier section. Introductory pages from the two authors explain the potential for engaging with the subject, and suggest using the booklet either personally or in a small group, the latter on a weekend away or in a series of weekly sessions.
A leader or two who are prepared to engage with the issues themselves, and lead others in honest responses. A few additional notes at the back of the booklet help leaders to prepare.
The one book is for all – and each group member would need a copy.
It would be good to engage with the topics well before facilitating, as they are potentially life-changing. Giving yourself some time to work and pray through some of the issues will set you free to help others too. On a practical note, there are the creative ideas to prepare, though these are straight-forward. The notes for leaders also recommend finding out a list of local people or organisations to whom you can refer if a ‘complex issue’ comes up.
Excellent. Group members are encouraged to be honest from the start, and to share the journey of self-discovery and growth. This is done through good questions and the assumption that people will answer them.
Good mix of reading, questions, Bible, prayer and a little creative input. The short stories from people who have ‘been there’ already are very helpful in bringing the learning to life; and are inspiring.
This resource is firmly designed for women. As long as group members are prepared to go beneath surface level responses, it would work well for women’s groups, even those with low literacy as it is not ‘wordy’ but focused around questions and answers.
Very well. The added power of engaging with the sessions as a group is used well, and encouraged. The prayer times would add to the learning process; and the discussions from session to session.
The various topics are related to biblical material in every session, with a variety of texts, sometimes one, sometimes more.
The group needs to look up the recommended passages, and then engage with the questions around them. Very relevant and helpful, with open questions.
The biblical material keeps the progression through the topics carefully biblically based. These principles are foundational for understanding one’s identity in Christ, and the bases for a new approach to self-acceptance and growth. Much positive life-changing potential.
Taking the Bible at its word, this is an approach to identity that embraces a big picture understanding of the implications of salvation.
The tendency to be self-critical and negative is so prevalent; this resource tackles that head on and looks at how we could be growing as disciples instead – beyond our self-imposed limitations.
Very practical and careful journey through the thought patterns and responses that stop us from growing in faith, with clear input on how to understand and revolutionise these processes.
This resource is especially targeted to those of us who are adept at putting ourselves down; but the challenges it presents in response would work well for those who are more confident as well. It all comes back to understanding how God has designed us to function; and we all have ‘stuff’ that needs his wise attention. Superb presentation of powerful material.
Very well indeed. This is ground-level input that could have far-reaching, good consequences in many areas of life. As acknowledged elsewhere, the short stories from people who have ‘been there’ already are very helpful in bringing the learning to life; and are inspiring.
Not a focus.
Not a focus.