Colorado is lovely today with a blanket of fresh snow. It’s ideal weather for staying by the fireplace with a good book and a hot drink, and I have the perfect book for the occasion! I’ve been enjoying “Perfected: God’s Best Reserved for You” by Erynn Sprouse.
I’ve been looking forward to this book because I love Erynn’s mind. She’s the brilliant creator and editor of Come Fill Your Cup, and every time I hear her speak I think, “I wish I had her brain.” She is a real student of the Bible, but even more impressive is her ability to present what she has learned from her studies in a practical and interesting way. This is exactly what she does in Perfected, which is a study of Hebrews.
Whether you’re ready for growth and challenge in your personal Bible study or you’re looking for a new book for your ladies’ Bible class, I highly recommend Perfected. For that matter, I think it would be a great study for teen girls, too. They love to be challenged! This book is no light-weight. Erynn goes deep into the Word (both Old and New Testament, which is appropriate for Hebrews) to help us understand one of the most pivotal books of the Bible. Why is this an important study? The answer can be found in one of Erynn’s own comments on Hebrews 5:11-14:
“Did you know that if one stops consuming meat for long enough,the stomach will stop producing the acids required for their digestion? Similarly, when we fail to challenge ourselves in learning God’s word, we begin to find difficulty in understanding.”
Here are some of the things I love about Perfected:
- Wonderful, engaging writing style
- Erynn’s delightful sense of humor
- Thorough teaching on subjects such as the purpose of miracles, the purpose of Jesus’s suffering, and the possibility of falling away
- Interesting illustrations for easier understanding of the text
- Suggestions for Bible-marking in every chapter (yay!)
- “Side Studies” sprinkled throughout
- Variety of interactive opportunities, like thought-provoking questions, fill-in-the-blanks, charts, and outlines
Each chapter is noteworthy, but I particularly appreciated a couple of them. Chapter three (“Confidence Required”) is about the hope and assurance we can have as heirs of God’s promise. It is faith-building, comforting, and oh so needed in a world of doubt and insecurity. Chapter five (“Beware of Complacency”) is a real eye-opener. See for yourself:
“Failure to grow doesn’t just lead to falling away; failure to grow is falling away. Take a moment to absorb that thought and reflect on your own spiritual life. Are you growing? Where are you now as compared to a year ago? Are you stronger? More able to resist temptation? Bolder in proclaiming the faith? Less anxious and more trusting of God? More apt to pray than worry? If not, then you need to heed this warning!”
Erynn then includes a list to make it easier for personal introspection in areas of spiritual growth. You will also enjoy the last chapter (“Tips on How to Run”), which includes several suggestions and assignments for growth in the areas of hospitality, marriage, Christian sacrifice, and a renewed appreciation for the magnificent God we serve.
Thanks to Erynn’s hard work, I now have a greater understanding of the life-changing truths found in the book of Hebrews. I also have a new Bible and can’t wait to mark up the pristine pages of Hebrews with Erynn’s Bible-marking suggestions!
Perfected: God’s Best Reserved for You is a brand new book by Kaio Publications, Inc., and can be found here.