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Review: Revelation Discovering Life for Today and Eternity by Sue Edwards

Title: Revelation Discovering Life for Today and Eternity 
Author: Sue Edwards
Publisher: Kregel Publications 14 January 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: New Testament, Bible Study, Revelation
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 128
Rating: 5 Stars

Sue Edwards has written several Bible Studies (Discover Together Bible Study series) with an emphasis on an inductive study suitable for independent or group use. Meaning, the learner can study on their own with the material given in the Bible study and with a benefit of scanning a QR code on the back of the book to listen to Sue Edwards lead mini-lessons on the material. Visiting her website is also available to follow along with her teaching. A Facebook page has been set up and the Revelation study will begin in April.
The Bible study is suitable for group use as well. Sue wanted women to have choices in how they could utilize and study the Bible. Her variety of choice methods makes this study adaptable and appealing.
The other Bible studies in her series are 1 Peter, Proverbs Volume 1 and 2, Psalms, Luke, Ephesians.

Revelation is the book of the Bible that generally people understand the least. Either it is ignored, or studied with an emphasis on pulling out end time information that is sensationalized and becomes frightening to people. Sue Edwards wants the Bible learner to not "be deceived by predictions. To know and understand about end times. To not be afraid." She has focused the Bible study on the first three chapters and last two of Revelation.

Positive Points:
  • Two choices are given for whether the learner wants more or less homework. 
  • Some of the symbolism in Revelation is examined. 
  • Allows the use of other resource materials.
  • Can be used for individual or group use.
  • Video clips available on QR codes for use on a smart phone. 
  • Direct website or Facebook use for following along with Sue for the Bible study.
  • Chapters focused on are broken down well and easy to understand and apply to everyday life.
  • Author shares brief snippets from her own life. These are given to personalize the study, encourage, and help evaluate our own life.
  • Some geography and culture information is given about Patmos, and where the various churches were.
  • Author works hard on application.
  • Option to memorize a Bible verse.
I feel this is an approachable, easy to understand and apply, Bible study of Revelation. Although this is not an exhaustive study of Revelation (time would not allow for this in a nine chapter Bible study on Revelation) it is a building point for a Revelation study.


                                           Thank you to Litfuse for my free review copy


Website for the Bible Study:
http://www.discovertogetherseries.com/ 

For more information about the Litfuse campaign. 
http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/revelation-by-sue-edwards-the-discover-together-bible-study-series

Online Facebook Study: Just like the page, the study will be in April.
https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries

Sue Edwards (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women's ministries. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country. She is the coauthor of Women's Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women, and the author of the new Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.

Link @ Amazon:
Paperback $7.68
http://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Discovering-Eternity-Discover-Together/dp/082544313X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361405423&sr=8-1&keywords=Revelation+discovering+life+for+today+and+eternity+by+sue+edwards

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