I’ve struggled to find bible study guides that aren’t so complex and super artsy. I feel those type of books lead me to lose focus and purpose in why I’m using them in the first place. I wanted something that points me to the Word and helps me to understand it and apply it to my life, without the glitz and social-media style glamour that I normally come across. That’s when I discovered this series.
Thank you Alabaster and InterVarsity Press for gifting me copies in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis: In this collaboration between Alabaster Co. and InterVarsity Press, the full text of the Gospel of Matthew and John is presented alongside beautiful full-color photographs and multiple guided meditations by Bible teacher, author, and spiritual director Jan Johnson. Carefully designed as a practical, study-focused version of Alabaster’s other bible books, the Alabaster Guided Meditations invite readers into deeper reflection by incorporating the church’s ancient lectio divina and visio divina traditions. Though the intersection of New Living Translation Bible passages, photography, thoughtfully designed layouts, and meditations, readers are invited to experience the Gospel of Matthew and John anew.
I have completely fallen in love with these study guides. They are simple, elegant, have the Word straight in front of you, and have a one page summary to reflect and respond on what you have learned in every few chapters. It’s perfect for someone who’s always on the go and may only be able to spend a few minutes of quiet time a day OR even for the person who is ready to have deep meaningful reflections on the Word with all the time to spare. I couldn’t imagine something better. It’s enriching and engaging without the chaos and pressure of trying to have the perfect quiet time with God.