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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
It’s All About Grace: Insights from the Word for Women of Koinonia (A 10-Week Course for Group or Individual Study) by Shirley Kiger Connolly is a really good immersive and practical Bible course. It guides women in an understanding of their Christian walk as friendly vessels that reach out to others. There are a lot of skilled, imaginative interactive exercises to aid in the learning process—such as the Potter section, in which women envision themselves as a piece of clay being molded in all the steps, including being fired in a kiln. With five overarching themes--Women of God in Times of Adversity,” “The Woman God Wants Her to Be,” “God Doesn’t Make Mistakes,” “Finding Grace in Her Garden,” and “How Will She Sail Her Ship?”-- this course has a lot of wisdom in it.
It’s All About Grace: Insights from the Word for Women of Koinonia stands out for the hands-on way it deals with hard times in people’s lives. I enjoyed the realistic approach. Instead of offering an unabated cheerful tone on God’s abundant plan, words like adversity, refining, dry times, pruning, sickness, and melancholy recur constantly, and a rich and thorough tapestry of examples from the Bible and from the author’s own life thread through the book as proof that God actually uses tough experiences to shape people. Shirley Kiger Connolly delves deep into the people of the Bible to show that God worked with them in the same way He does with us today. From a great detailed comparison of a godly woman’s life to the complexity of year-round gardening to an opportunity to draw your own little boat (should God tell you to build one like Noah), there’s something in here for everyone. Recommended.