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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas: Colossians 3

Even busy mamas can find time for Bible study if they can set aside just five minutes each day, and Pam Forster’s Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas: Colossians 3 (Bible Study for Busy Mamas) is a wonderful tool for making this task simple, doable, and rewarding.  

As a homeschooling mother herself, Mrs. Forster understands the demands of caring for a home and family, and she addresses young mothers in a loving and encouraging way as she stresses the importance of setting aside some Bible study time. She compares time in God’s Word to nourishment:  “Without God’s Word we will spiritually starve” (p. 2).  

As Mrs. Forster points out, this small amount of time devoted to Bible study will make us better mothers and is essential to equipping us to nurture our children.

Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas is divided into thirty short readings with assignments for digging deeper into the third chapter of the Book of Colossians. Along with this book, moms will need a Bible, a pen, and paper or a notebook, preferably gathered together in a place where they can study. If everything is ready, it will be easier to steal away five minutes of time.  

I like how Mrs. Forster breaks everything down and makes it achievable, and she even includes “catch up” days. With the exception of a couple of assignments, the daily assignments really can be done in the five minute time allotment. However, if moms are able to set aside more time, the study becomes even more enriching. 

Some of the assignments covered in this study are:

Putting sin to death
Death and resurrection
Holy living
Meditating and memorizing
Giving thanks

My favorite thing about Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas is that it is not overwhelming, and it is a great starting point for women who are new to Bible study. This book helps moms develop a habit of spending quiet time in God’s Word, and after completing the study of Colossians 3, they will be able to move on to further Bible study on their own (but I am hoping Mrs. Forster will write more studies like these.)

{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}