To kick off our study this Spring we used Conversations on Purpose for Women by Katie Brazelton. This was not steeped in Scripture, but definitely helped us learn to tell our story through the lens of the God's sovereignty. It was a great ice breaker for the women who had never been in a small group before. A lot of masks were shed and true relationships have been formed. Now the members of our group are interested in going a little deeper--without videos or excessive homework. After some discussion last week we decided we are not quite ready to tackle a book of the Bible (yet!), so I am looking for something that will get us into the Word without being intimidating. We aren't really looking for topical--we just want to know more of Him.
For some reason, I keep getting drawn back to something by Ken Gire. He has written several books about people's encounters with Jesus (Moments with the Savior). Gire is a very gifted author. He really brings the sights and sounds of those Biblical accounts out of his writing in a way that allows you to feel as if you are right there watching each encounter unfold. In addition to his excellent writing, I think a study on Jesus and the Scriptural accounts of His life could bridge some of our denominational differences. He is the point of Christianity, right?
My concern is that there is no study guide to Ken Gire's books. They are written as more of a devotional than a small group guide. It shouldn't be difficult (with a little preparation) to dig into the passages each chapter centers on, I am just curious if any one out there has ever tried to use one of his books in a group setting.
Or if you have other ideas of studies that might work for the group I have described, please share them....