Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious

The full title of this book is Same Life, New Story: Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life. It is written as a 10 week bible study for women, focusing on women from the Bible. Each selected biblical woman has a section dedicated to her story and is divided into small sections of passages to read. The woman selected for this book are Naomi, Leah, Rahab, Deborah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Abigail, Anna, Jehosheba, and Naaman’s servant girl.

Overall, I would give this book a 3/5. I enjoyed the woman’s perspective of the book and appreciated that it focused on women who don’t always get attention when speaking of strong biblical women. The scripture that is used along with the discussion is very helpful, as it is always written in the text rather than just giving a reference. The real life story examples included within the bible study are also enjoyable. At the end of each section, there are ideas for personal reflections, journal entries, and group discussion questions.

Even with all of these good points, there were still a few things that I thought could use improvement. The book was not clearly set up to dictate which sections should be read at what times. While I suppose this could be decided within the group, it took me half of the book to figure out that each woman was a new week. Looking back on the weeks, this was a lot of reading for one week of bible study. I had some personal issues with some of the discussion as well, a differing in thought and theology at times from the author.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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