Book Review: Women of the Word
by Jen Wilkin
In my quest to grow my roots deeper in Christ, I came to the realization that I was simply reading the Bible every day and was study actually studying the Bible. I would read the words written on the pages every morning in effort to be accountable to my MIL, but I wasn’t actually reading the Bible. I could decode the words and generally comprehend them, but I really wasn’t reading the Bible. In my efforts to take my walk with God more seriously, I realized that I needed some help in learning how to read the Bible, not just with my mind, but with my heart.
One of the resources I came across during the endeavor was Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. The subtitle for this book is “How to STUDY the BIBLE with both OUR HEARTS and OUR MINDS” so I figured this would be a good place to start. I had also heard Jen’s name mentioned in various podcasts I listened to, so I knew she came highly recommended and her methods were tried and true.
When a friend asked if we could do a Bible/book study together, I dusted off my copy of Women of the Word (which I hadn’t read yet) and asked if this would be something she’d be interested in doing with me. It seemed to fit the bill for her needs as well, so we decided to go for.
TALK ABOUT LIFE CHANGING!
I read this book while in the midst of doing the “Simply Color” method of Bible study. And I must say that these two methods pair together beautifully.
Wilkins begins this book by sharing the common mistakes we generally make when “studying” the Bible and the anecdote to these methods. She explains what Biblical literacy is and why it’s important for EVERY Christian, not just pastors, teachers, and missionaries.
The meat of the book is where Jen Wilkins shares the “5 Ps” of studying the Bible:
- Study with PURPOSE
- Study with PERSPECTIVE
- Study with PATIENCE
- Study with PROCESS
- Study with PRAYER
She dedicates a chapter to each “P” and gives details with examples of how to employ each “P” in your Bible study. She shares WHY studying the purpose, perspective, patience, process, and prayer are important when studying the Bible with our hearts and minds and how to apply the truths we learn to our lives.
One point that Wilkin stresses throughout the book is to READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF instead of always relying on what others say about the Bible. By using the “5 Ps”, she sets you up for success without overwhelming you with detailed steps. She teaches how the 5 P’s work together with in each other as opposed to in succession of each other.
By employing the 5 P’s method of studying the Bible, I have gained so much knowledge of Scripture and have been able to adequately communicate this knowledge to other women and have gained the courage to actually lead various BIBLE studies instead of simply reading through Christian inspirational/self-help books with groups. This method has also helped me to teach the youth Sunday school and to feel adequately prepared for the sermons on Sunday.
If you’re wanting to grow your roots deeper in Christ and learn how to STUDY the Bible with both your heart AND your mind, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. You WON’T be disappointed!
**This is an independent book review. I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for my thoughts on this book.**