Spending unrushed time in Scripture is a luxury these days. I used to feel guilty about it, but I’ve grown to appreciate the times I can make it happen..  and not sweat the days when I don’t.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a little bit of time to use the new Drawn In Bible Study seriesRuth and Esther. I was initially drawn to them because of how striking they are. I’m definitely one to judge a book by its cover!

Over the past few weeks, I've gotten a little bit of time using the new Drawn In Bible Study series-- Ruth and Esther. I was initially drawn to them because of how striking they are. I'm definitely one to judge a book by its cover!

Each study is broken into 4 sessions and consists of the passages of Scripture (the Message), questions for reflection, and drawings to color while reflecting on those questions. I love that the Message is printed right in the book- no need to have your own copy. I can mark it up however I want (underlines! squiggles! question marks!).

What I Loved

  • The questions in this study are pretty good. They vary between reflection on the content and application to everyday life. Keep in mind these seem to be targeted towards women who may not be super familiar with these texts.
  • The cover art is beautiful! Enough said.
  • The drawings inside are well-done and create space to slow down and reflect. I love coloring while thinking!

What I Didn’t

  • I was hoping for more insight from Eugene Peterson. I was a little disappointed when I learned the questions were written by someone else. Peterson does write the introduction to the study, and he has a couple sentences highlighted here and there. When I picked up the book and saw his name as the author, I assumed the study would offer more commentary from him.

Recommendation

I’d recommend this study to someone who wants to learn more about Ruth and Esther at a surface level. You’re not going to get led into deep waters, but you will be challenged to reflect on the story and your life– in some seasons, that in itself is a win!

A special thanks to Tyndale Publishers for the free book in exchange for a review! 

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