- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Thomas Nelson Publishers
- Release Date: June 26 2001
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0849988209
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Falling in Love with Jesus-Curriculum
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This in-depth Bible Study gives women the inspiration to rethink their relationships with Christ, and to understand and surrender to Him in a fresh new way. Especially geared toward small group study, the Falling in Love with Jesus workbook and multi-media study offer humor, wisdom, and stories of women who've experienced a deeper, more passionate relationship with Christ. Ten lessons are divided into 50 days, five days per week, of Scriptures that focus on our love relationship with Jesus, deepening our confidence that we are the object of Christ's affection.
About the Author
Dee Brestin (www.deebrestin.com) is a writer, speaker, and teacher. Her book The Friendships of Women has sold over a million copies and was recently released in a 20th Anniversary Edition. Falling in Love with Jesus has sold over 400,000 copies. Dee has written twenty Bible studies, the first of which, Proverbs and Parables, has been in print for over thirty years. She is a frequent guest on Moody Radio (Mid-day Connection) and Focus on the Family; she also speaks to many large women’s conferences yearly. A graduate of Northwestern University, Dee has studied with Covenant Seminary. She is the mother of five grown children and lives in Wisconsin and Missouri.
Kathy Troccoli is an award-winning singer, author and speaker who has sold more than 1.5 million albums, garnered numerous number 1 radio hits, received two Dove Awards and a recent Grammy® nomination with her rich, melodic voice. Whether singing or speaking, Kathy is driven by a passionate desire to share Christ and the hope that comes from knowing Him. She is the author of several books and Bible studies and is a sought-after conference speaker. In 2003, Kathy was selected by the readers of Today's Christian Woman magazine as one of the four most influential women in America. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I would encourage you to give it some thoughtful and prayerful consideration. We are to "search the scriptures" as the Bereans did and "Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good." (I Thes. 5:21) We are to be "sober and vigilant" because our tricky and subtle enemy, satan, walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (I Pet. 5:8)
Some of the aspects of this "doctrine" with which I take issue are:
* The idea of looking at Jesus as a lover puts Him in competition with a spouse.
* It implies that a woman who is "in love with the Lord" will have all her emotional and romantic desires met by Him so that she no longer has a longing for an earthly spouse. It implies that such a woman is so spiritual that she no longer needs a man in her life because God is meeting all her needs. This is not true because God says that marriage is good. Even when He and Adam had perfect fellowship in the Garden of Eden, He decided that Adam needed a companion of his own kind other than Himself.
(Gen. 2:18 "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.")
* It makes men feel uncomfortable and does not apply to men, leaving them out. (How many men can we think of who want to look at Jesus as "husband" and "lover"?)
* It is not supported by the Scriptures. Throughout the scriptures, Jesus encourages us to look at God as our Father with respect to our individual relationships with Him. In the model prayer, we are told to pray "Our Father." (Matthew 6:9) We are considered "joint-heirs with Christ" in Romans 8 (v. 17). Christ is the "first-born among many bretheren." (Rom. 8:29)
* The Scriptures do make mention that the Church is the Bride of Christ. This is also picture of the marriage relationship that believers are to emulate. However, it is not a picture of an individual believer's relationship with Christ. With respect to Christ and His bride, the term "Bride" applies to the entire body of believers; not individual persons.
* The Bible refers to Israel as God's wife; again, this applies to the Jewish people and not individual persons.
* Biblical references to God as a Father to the Fatherless and a Husband to the Widows are not implying He meets romantic relationship needs; they are indicating that God takes care of His own and cares for and protects those who are in needy lonely positions.
* God created us with physical, biological and emotional desires that He designed to be met by a spouse. He created most of us in such a way that we need a spouse. He doesn't say that we need to try to obliterate all our desires for a spouse and deny they exist in an effort to show Him that He is number one. Our relationship with Him is *different* than a relationship with a spouse and these are not designed to be competing relationships.
* I am highly suspicious of any reading material that indirectly encourages Christian women to imagine Jesus in bed with them and uses the word "honeymoon" to describe one's relationship with Christ. I have a number of friends who have bought into this idea. They try to look at Jesus as their "Beloved" because they are single. One of my friends has gone so far as to put on a special "nightie" for God. She said she felt a warm presence enveloping her in bed as she slept. While this sounds appealing to some, we must remember that God is in Heaven (Our Father Who Art in Heaven) and Jesus is seated at the right-hand of God. We are not to imagine them "in the room with us" as deomons are all too eager to take advantage of such a situation and deceive a believer with various spiritual experiences. "The wisdom of this world is foolish, sensual, devilish." (James 3:15) The idea of looking at Jesus as a husband lover is a sensual idea.
Please consider the scriptures, ladies. Looking at God as your Father does not mean you have a distant relationship with Him. Jesus looked at God as His Father and He walked more closely with Him than any of us.
A Sister in Christ
Kathy is single, and Dee has been married a long time, and the way they weave their stories together in this book just great! This book was an easy read and it moved very quickly (women with little time to read, have no fear!).
Perhaps the thing that struck me most was how vulnerable Kathy was in relating her journal entries, many of which were addressed to the husband she has longed for. Even though she's prayed for a husband, she has really ministered powerfully to other single women and is a great example of making the most with whatever twists and turns life happens to take.
Dee and Kathy used the titles of love songs as chapter and sub-chapter titles. I don't think that enhanced the book at all, at least not for me. Some people might really enjoy those, though.
The book contains a lot of detailed information about the relationships between Mary and Martha and Jesus and between Ruth and Naomi and how we can learn from those stories how to have a more complete love relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ....
I did not have trouble with the "Jesus as bridegroom" aspect of the study. It is all very scriptural. The word "Romance" is used in the same vein as "Relationship". This book never talks about erotic love, but about God pursuing a loving relationship in a faithful, and restorative way with each of us. I think my husband would enjoy this Bible Study, but it's made especially for women as Dee and Kathy talk about "chick flicks", love songs, and other notions that women enjoy talking about. Not just entertaining, this is real spirituality, and a deep and vital Biblical study for a wide variety of Christian women.
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