The Storm Breaker
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Face the storms of life with confidence and hope. Many years ago, a storm raged. During three momentous days, Jesus faced the worst the world could throw at Him, yet overcame. And because He overcame, the cross and resurrection provide ‘anchor points’ which can hold us fast amidst life’s storms. These five fifteen-minute sessions focus on the Easter story, but are relevant for any time of year, as we meditate on the awe-inspiring moment when eternity broke into time and changed history forever. Jesus endured the cross that we might truly live.
DVD with 5 sessions:
Booklet including introductory leader’s notes, icebreakers, group discussion questions and prayers for each session. 75-90 minutes. www.cwr.org.uk
Beginning and Growing adult Christians
DVD and booklet: £14.99; extra booklets: £3.50 each
Nicely packaged DVD and glossy cover to small, neat booklet.
Clear instructions, clear layout, ready-to-go.
Clear and brief instructions as to how to use the resource: by watching the DVD and then diving into the icebreaker and subsequent session questions. The open questions are excellent, providing opportunities to wrestle with the subject in theological, personal and relevant ways. Leaders encouraged to choose the questions they think most apt for their group. DVD material explores the subject in memorable ways, centred around both Hurricane Gilbert hitting Jamaica in 1988 (Brooks and his family were there) and the storm of the three world-changing days of Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection. Very clear presentation of thoughts and themes. Several references to Selwyn Hughes' life and example to illustrate the topics. This is a straight-forward, helpful and thought-provoking resource, based on solid foundations of thought-through implications of faith for life.
Very easy to use; a leader with some experience would bring out the best potential, but it would also be a good one for new leaders.
Just the one booklet so participants have the same material as the leader. Spaces for notes under discussion questions, plus 5 days of personal devotional readings written by Selwyn Hughes which explore the subject further (originally published by CWR in Every Day with Jesus – The Stormbreaker, March/April 2012).
Mick Brooks has a very easy presentational style. He stands and talks, in front (and sometimes inside) of the background slides, pictures, storm clips and graphics. These are repeated often; as are some of the graphics to illustrate the points. The graphics are good though, and I suppose the repetition would make them memorable.
Watching the DVD sessions is recommended (average 15 minutes) in order to prepare and perhaps pick out questions.
Storms of life will always be relevant. Presentation shouldn't date too quickly.
The excellent session questions will encourage this very well, as will encouraging feedback from the intervening week's devotional readings.
Mick Brooks' easy style should suit many listeners; the discussion questions would apply to a wide range too. So a mixture of visual and discussion works well. Participants would need to be happy to have a go at the between-session Bible-reading devotional notes.
Participants would need to be happy to have a go at the between-session Bible-reading devotional notes; and be happy with discussion. Questions should suit a wide range of people and experiences.
Praying and discussing together and especially responding to the devotional readings will make the most of applying the material. It could give rise to meaningful opportunities to offer care, support and mutual understanding.
Hard to judge this – if the devotional readings are included, then half of the material is Bible based.
The topics are approached from a biblical point of view, with references to narrative, illustrations and passages which are relevant. The devotional readings are based on a passage from the Bible.
Very well. The challenging topics are rooted in everyday experiences and the rationale for the whole course concerns how to meet everyday life with biblically-based, personal resources.
CWR has an evangelical background and approach to the Bible.
This resource is aiming to build resilience in Christians. It is tackling some of the tougher issues we all face with thoroughness and biblically-based responses.
Especially if the between-session notes are used, this resource should enable all to examine and grow their resilience in the face of the challenges of life.
At once reassuring and challenging, the material has something for everyone to engage with, no matter where they are on the journey.
The rationale for the course concerns how to meet real life issues with a developing trust and awareness of God's intimate concern for each one of his children.
Not a focus.
Not a focus.
The issues of storms and difficulties in life are relevant across the globe; one of the strongest examples is that of Hurricane Gilbert which caused such devastation.
Not a focus.