Relentless by Darcy Wiley

RelentlessCoverfinalNot a book review, but a heads-up about a new Bible Study that is available.

Relentless: The Epic Story of a Hardhearted People, Their Warrior God, and His Unstoppable Love is a six-week study of Judges, and there is no way that it’s not amazing, because it’s written by my friend Darcy Wiley. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might recognize her name – she guest posted for me and shared her Favorite Books of Hope and Redemption, and we’ve also co-led a writing group in the past.

She’s a beautiful writer who always has lots of thoughtful insights on what she’s reading, so I’m excited to dive into the book of Judges and see the fresh perspective she’ll bring.

The study is offered as part of Hello Mornings, and you can sign up to be part of a group, or you can just download the study and do it on your own. Hello Morning’s session working through the study begins on the 24th.

Description:

Do you ever feel like you’re in a downward spiral, or that our culture is? Do you ever feel like everyone around you is doing what is right in their own eyes and that life has become crazy as a result?

Then you’ll want to lean in and listen to this epic story. In the book of Judges, Israel ignores God’s instructions and cozies up to the enemy and their false gods, bringing all kinds of trouble on themselves. But God sends a whole array of heroes, like Deborah, Gideon, and Samson to come to the rescue.

Designed for 30 minutes a day with five days of study each week (plus optional bonus material), the readings and prompts will help you learn how to resist temptation, avoid the pitfalls of cultural trends, gain confidence for the tasks God has assigned you, deal with narcissistic people and cultivate unity in your family and church, recover from life’s disappointments, deal with anger issues, bring stress and trauma under the healing relief of the Holy Spirit, develop a proper reverence for God, and stand up for those who are victimized.

We’ll take a long hard look at sin and its dangerous consequences. And we will glory in our warrior God who comes to our rescue, even when we don’t deserve it. We may be relentless in our disobedience, but God’s love is unstoppable.

Favorite Books of Hope and Redemption

As part of my “Favorite Books” series that’s been running, I’ve asked some other bloggers to share some of their favorite books. Today’s guest post is by Darcy of Message in a Mason Jar. She’s become a friend-in-real-life, and if you didn’t read her 31 Days to Preserve Your Story series, you really should.

When evil shows its face in the world like it did at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday, I slip in to seeing the world in shadows. Waking up in the night, I can almost feel the dark. When I talk it out with those around me, I gain insight and perspective, not necessarily in making sense of the tragedy itself, but in turning my focus to the redemptive stories that show up in the midst. This happens when I read good books, as well. Below are a few of my favorite books of hope and redemption. I hope they’ll encourage you in these dark days to look for every good and perfect gift “coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

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