Bible study review
Pregnant with Promise
Reviewed by Jessica Lalley, Special to The Layman, July 8, 2011
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Pregnancy … it’s a promise of hope. And with each pregnancy story, lies a celebration of the miracle of a God who knows us and loves us before we are even born.
This book is a study of the character of God who cherishes human life. I found this truth revealed in these (12) self-standing Biblical stories, leading us through pregnancies of women from both the Old and New Testaments and to the ultimate Holy Birth of Jesus Christ.
It is written by Marie Bowen, executive director of Presbyterians of Pro-Life, a voice for renewal in the PC(USA). She is married and the mother of three grown sons.
This is a great read for men and women of all ages that could be studied in a small group format or a Sunday School class. Personally, I can’t wait to read this again with a Christian mentor and study together one on one.
Each chapter is scripturally based and easy to read for those new to the Bible, with opportunities to take the study and questions deeper for the more apt Bible student. [Download a sample chapter by clicking here.]
The format for each lesson provides a commentary background and reference to Scripture so that you are directed straight to the pure text of the Bible. Thought-provoking questions have us think about applying the lessons from these stories to our lives right now – a reminder of how God’s word is alive and eternal. You’ll learn about foreshadowing and prophecy into the New Testament as well as our current modern time.
It’s interesting how many of the actions and choices studied in Pregnant with Promise are still mistakenly made today!
Because these 12 lessons hit on so many parts of the Bible, leaving you wanting to know more and to dig deeper, it could even be an inspiration or springboard to “Read the Bible in a Year.”
We are reminded that God gives us life, sees us and understands us. We are blessed beyond measure.
Jessica Lalley, of Dunwoody, Ga., is married to Marc and they have two children, Brooks (11) and Kate (9). She is a member of the Church of the Apostles (www.apostles.org) and works for www.michaelyoussef.com.