Powerful, fun and habit-changing, this book has it all! Karen pulled me into my bible to discover new insights into familiar texts and then gave me bite-sized challenges so I could live out what I learnt!
Much of this book is dedicated to changing habits today. Each week starts with breaking down a verse to apply it to the reader’s life. The challenges are structured so the reader can live it out for example “Think of a close Christian friend. Got them in your mind? Good. Now, using verse 8-11 of Philippians 1 as your template, craft a prayer for them in the space provided.”
Karen inspires with lines like “Paul is confident that they can experience joy in the Lord due to the certainty of their salvation and their ability through the Holy Spirit to be in God’s presence. What unspeakable joy indeed.” YES PLEASE, I want that! And supports it with tasks like “Name five things in specific that you are grateful for. Stop letting you mind migrate to a place of worry. Instead, purpose to be a person of thankfulness, turning your worry into worship.” and “What does God want me to learn about Him that I might never discover if He were to suddenly pluck me out of this situation?”
Karen is a great writer, she keeps the pace up and the book full of humor. She shares anecdotes and creates context for verses that make them stick. I particularly enjoyed this one: “I have a relative who is a turf grass specialist and he would tell you that the grass is greener where you habitually hydrated, constantly fertilize it and where you are careful to pull the weeds the moment they pop up! And the grass is greenest only in the pasture that God has made for us to lie down in.”
I thoroughly enjoyed it, five out of five, and I highly recommend it!
From the back cover:
The world has always been full of trials, disappointments, temptations, fractured friendships, and financial hardships. Yet Paul’s letter to the Philippians claims we can discover contentment and joy in the midst of it all by prioritizing what matters most—Christ.
Over 7 sessions, study the ever-relevant Letter of Philippians to deepen your relationship with Jesus, turn your worries into worship, and develop gospel-centered tools for navigating relational conflict and thriving in Christian love.