Help For Recovering Beth Mooreaholics

My name is Aprile. I am a Beth Mooreaholic. Well, I used to be. But the addictive tendencies still remain.

Sadly, there was a time in my life when my spiritual well-being was pretty much traceable by the release dates of Beth’s studies. (Yes, I will call her Beth. I have an entire shelf full of her studies. I have done a few of them twice. So, for all practical purposes, we are best friends.) In those days, completing one of her studies came with a mixed bag of emotions which included a profound sense of accomplishment and a decent amount anxiety. Accomplishment, because I had made it through the 5,000+ hours it takes to fill in every blank of a Beth Moore study. Anxiety, because I was pretty much convinced that I could not enjoy the Scriptures without her.

Oh she would just HATE that!

Fast forward to the present. I’m still a big fan. I still look forward to each study she puts out. I am still deeply grateful for how her teaching impacts my life. And, for the record, I still don’t get a lot of her questions and word studies. (The “huh?” factor is part of her appeal, I suppose.) But the older and wiser “me” has realized that there is life and learning beyond Beth Moore. Lots of it! There’s a whole world of Bible study resources just waiting to be discovered. And while they don’t come with that charming Arkansas twang and cute Texas hair, they are just as good (if not better) at helping you to engage your heart and mind in the study of God’s Word. I’m pretty sure Beth would be the first to tell you that.

So let’s say you’re fresh out of Beth Moore studies and/or ready to branch out. Or, maybe she’s not your cup of tea. Perhaps you’ve never even heard of her, but you’re in the market for something to help you focus in and “marinate” on the Scriptures. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

Navigator’s Life-Change Series

From the publisher: “LIFECHANGE Bible studies allow the Bible to speak for itself. You’ll see for yourself what it says—not what someone else thinks it says—and develop the skills and desire to dig even deeper into God’s Word.”

There is a “Life-Change” workbook for most, if not all of the books of the Bible. They are inductive studies, which mean they required a lot of self-discovery. You will do a lot of your own word studies, cross referencing, etc. While this type of Bible study can be a bit tedious, there is NO BETTER WAY to learn the Bible! I love, love, love these books!

Kay Arthur’s “Lord” Series

From the publisher: “The ‘Lord Series’ by Kay Arthur is an insightful, warm-hearted Bible-study series designed to meet you where you are – and to help you discover God’s answers to your deepest needs.”

Each book in this series is essentially a  hybrid of an inductive Bible study workbook and devotional book. Kay supplies a little bit of her own personal insight and stories, but the bulk of these books are designed to make the reader work through the passages on her own.  I like that these books are divided into days. Some of the workbooks are topical, while others cover books of the Bible (you have to read the descriptions to find out). My personal favorite is Lord, I Want to Know You which is a study on the names of God.

John MacArthur Bible Studies

From the publisher: “John MacArthur takes readers on a journey through biblical texts to discover what lies beneath the surface, focusing on meaning and context, and then reflecting on the explored passage or concept. With probing questions that guide the reader toward application, as well as ample space for journaling, The MacArthur Bible Studies are an invaluable tool for Bible students of all ages.”

If you want a no-fluff resource that cuts to the chase and guides you in understanding the meaning of a passage and how to apply it, you will love these workbooks!

Mary Kassian’s Topical Studies

It’s a shame that I meet so many women who have never heard of Mary Kassian. She is without a doubt my absolute favorite author/speaker/teacher in the world of women’s ministry today. She is a fierce defender of God’s design for men and women and an incredible communicator of God’s truth as it relate’s to all things female. She has authored several books, but she has also put out a few topical Bible study workbooks you must check out sometime. Here they are with the publisher’s descriptions. All of these can be used for small group OR individual study.

Conversation Peace: The Power Of Transformed Speech – “Here’s a women’s study that really hits home. Mary Kassian masterfully presents the biblical principles to help women revolutionize their speech habits and improve their relationships by focusing on ways to positively avoid sharing gossip, throwing negative barbs, or snapping sarcastic replies throughout everyday life. Includes leader helps.”

Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter – “In Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter, author Mary Kassian focuses on 35 Hebrew names of God that describe His character, His relationships, and His purpose. As you learn the significance of each ancient word, you’ll be awestruck by the Lord’s magnificence and your heart compelled to worship and praise Him.
The Member Book includes brief daily study with fun and engaging learning activities. Saturated in Scripture and words from ancient hymns, Knowing God by Name is a rich, meaningful study for any woman desiring to know God better.”

Vertically Inclined: Climbing Higher with God – “Most believers experience a life with a few highs and lows, ups and downs, and maybe an occasional mountaintop experience. But this exciting, seven-session, video-based study is especially designed to show Christian women how, by tethering themselves more securely to Him, they can climb to greater spiritual heights. As a resident of the Canadian Rockies and experienced climber herself, author Mary Kassian brings a unique understanding of the difficulties and dangers that await on any journey and offers fascinating insights on how that parallels our spiritual path. Along the way, participants will be challenged to: develop an increased loyalty to Christ and His work; to examine their values and renew their determination; to take steps to increase their love for Christ, and to enjoy Him more. And each week’s lessons will equip women to safely and successfully ascend the peaks of the Christian life. Help the women in your church gain a different perspective with this exhilarating, video-enhanced study, they’ll experience the thrill of following Christ to new places!”

In My Father’s House: Women Relating to God as Father – “This study explores how a woman’s image of God the Father is often based on her experiences (or lack of experiences) with her earthly father. Examines these attitudes/experiences with her earthly father in light of what the Word says about the fatherhood of God. Can be studied in weekly meetings or during personal devotional time for 30 days. 6 sessions. Includes leader helps at back of book for small-group discussion.

And set to release next month (March 2012): Divine Design, An Eight Week Study in Biblical Womanhood (co-authored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss). I literally shouted out loud when I heard this was in this works!!! Here’s the description: “What does it mean to be a woman’ The current cultural ideal for womanhood encourages women to be strident, sexual, self-centered, independent — and above all — powerful and in control. But sadly, this model of womanhood hasn’t delivered the happiness and fulfillment it promised. The Bible teaches that it’s not up to us to decide what womanhood is all about. God created male and female for a very specific purpose. His design isn’t arbitrary or unimportant. It is very intentional and He wants women to discover, embrace, and delight in the beauty of His design. He’s looking for True Women!Bible teachers Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss share the key fundamentals of biblical womanhood in this eight week study. Each week includes five daily individual lessons leading to a group time of sharing and digging deeper into God’s Word. And to enhance this time of learning together, on-line videos are available featuring Mary and Nancy as they encourage women to discover and embrace God’s design and mission for their lives.”

What are you waiting for? Get yourself one of these fabulous study guides and start “marinating!” Who knows, you might just discover that having a blast in God’s Word never had anything to do with Beth in the first place.

Comments

  1. http://Paula%20Hornberger says

    Can you recommend a book for women who aren’t yet Christians, but are seeking? I want to start a book club with some friends, but don’t want to overwhelm them since they are not yet Christians. I like the Beth Moore studies, but fear they may be too heavy for these women so I thought doing a book club rather than an actual study would be better. Any insight would be helpful.

    Thanks

    • Paula,

      Great question! I agree that a book club format is a great way to go. Let me think on that. I will also ask around with some friends who I know have led similar groups. Be looking for an e-mail from me in the next couple days.

  2. I can so relate to your Bethmooreaholic standing. Thanks for the great suggestions to other studies. I’m going to finish Daniel study though..really enjoy it…agree don’t get some of blanks..thought I was only one. I’m bless with great home church, but while sick this year Beth’s (I think she’s my BFF as well) study and her humour kept me entertained and engaged in the worl.

    • I LOVED the Daniel study! I think it is my favorite of all of her studies. I am finishing up the one on James. It’s been great! May the Lord bless you as you branch out and try some new resources. Beth’s humor is one-of-a-kind, but the studies I listed will get you digging in the Word just like her’s do. 🙂

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