Tuesday, September 22, 2015

True Woman 201, by Nancy Leigh Demoss and Mary Kassian

I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how to condense God's goodness over a whole six months into words. It's so hard to put feelings on paper. I think I would almost get closer playing a heart-stirring piece of music instead.
 
But I am a wordsmith. So I must try.
 
This spring, we had the opportunity to be part of a live audience as Nancy Leigh DeMoss recorded radio sessions for Revive Our Hearts. It was a blessing to meet her and be a part of that day--not once, but three times. Her teachings on the Hallel psalms, Balaam, and ten personal prayers left their mark on each of us. 
 
The first day, though, I was on a mission. At the back of the room they sold books from the ministry--books like Lies Women Believe, Lies Young Women Believe, and Girls Gone Wise. And at that time, they had just released a brand new 10 week Bible study for women: True Woman 201, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian.
 
I bought True Woman 201 and brought it up to Nancy to sign. I thought that was pretty cool. What I didn't know was that it would have a profound impact on my life. 

The Book
[From Amazon] Having a talented designer come in and create a new look for a home is a popular topic of TV reality shows. These shows are a great illustration for the object of this study. The Lord is the ultimate Designer, and He has a divine design for womanhood. He wants to come in and do a radical renovation of your heart. He wants to change you from the inside out. If you let Him, He’ll give you an extreme makeover... a brand new interior design.

In 201, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian take you through the book of Titus in the New Testament to focus on some important elements of redeemed womanhood. Each week of this True Woman 201 study examines one of the ten “design elements” of womanhood drawn from Titus 2. The weeks are each divided into five lessons, leading to a group time of sharing and digging deeper into God’s Word.

Dive into this study, embrace God's design wholeheartedly, and just watch beauty fill your heart and flood out into your life and the lives of others.

My Thoughts
Mary and Nancy take Titus 2 and work through it one phrase at a time, one phrase per week. Short of Bible Study Fellowship, I don't think I've been so changed on a weekly basis.  Each week was full of eye-opening, mind-blowing, heart-changing truth--and each week I felt God's grace and the Holy Spirit working in my heart. This study is an extremely joyful work. A lot of it is convicting, but at the same time, it's like two older women are taking you by the hand and saying "You have things to learn. It doesn't mean you're failing. It just means you have more to grow in. Let us teach you God's Word."

And I grew. I learned a lot about what slander is, and how much I've allowed in my life that I need to
get rid of. I learned that reverence is making much of Christ, and the opposite of reverence is self-indulgence--making much of myself. I learned that self-control literally means 'reigning in my mind to sane thinking'--and I've been trying to reign in that thinking ever since. (Easier said than done.) I learned that God is the Father from whom all families come, and so when we are indifferent to family, we're really blaspheming the earthly representation God has provided of Gospel--bringing us into His family. I learned that every woman of Christ should have spiritual family--a legacy she's passing on. And I learned that work is not about being cookie cutter women, nor about choosing what we think will fulfil us, but choosing that which most glorifies our Heavenly Father at this season of our lives.

Just wow. I can't say much, except that this summer has been one day after another of sweet fellowship with Jesus. I come to him and drink. He gives freely, and I am satisfied. And He is enough, and He is good. As one of my BSF leaders taught last year, "I can be most satisfied when God is most glorified." I feel like that's the heart of this study. When we set aside all the messy junk of what each of us have imposed on womanhood, and seek to obey God as he lays it forth in his Word, doing it for His glory--then we are beautiful, and we are fulfilled.

These lessons stuck with me in the days and weeks afterwards. I thought over them and applied them. I love how this isn't an empty, shallow, feel-good study. It's meant to change you--to show you how to walk out God's Word. Each lesson contains paragraphs to read, verses to look up, questions to answer of both Bible comprehension and personal application. Each daily lesson takes a consistent 20 minutes a day. And at the end of the week, Nancy and Mary have a twenty minute video you can watch as they bring the elements of the lesson into one comprehensive whole. For me, I rarely sit down and watch long teaching videos. To watch ten of them throughout the summer was a first time record.

Another thing I learned in this study was the power of writing out prayers. I never wrote out prayers before this--but each study had a prayer prompt, and I decided to write out my responses to the prayer prompt in my notebook. There is something tangible about writing out a thoughtful, brief prayer--a connection to God that I definitely want to continue.

God used this study to change my life. I know He can use it to change yours. It's about letting God redesign your heart, mind, and priorities. If you're ready for a wow glimpse at the love of God and a deep hunger for growing to be more and more like Him, then this is a book you should get. True Woman 201, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian. Learn more at www.truewoman201.com

7 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds really amazing. That's great that God brought this study to your attention, and that you've learned so much from it.
    I think you've convinced me to keep a look out for it and go through this study some day soon. :)

    Thanks for sharing, Schuyler! <3
    Love,
    Lizzy

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    1. Lizzy, I think you would really, really like this. In fact, it would be fun to do it together, along with Kyla! That would make a fun discussion time. :D I hope you can get your hands on a copy!

      Love,
      Schuyler

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    2. Yes, that would be lots of fun! I'll keep my eyes peeled for a copy. :D

      Love,
      Lizzy

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  2. Really good review. I got this book from someone special. ;) <3

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    1. Thank-you. I gave it to someone special. <3

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  3. Oh Schuyler, this sounds absolutely wonderful. Our Lord is so good to give us a true relationship and fellowship with Him, and to be continually working in us to make us more like Christ. Thank you for your testimony of His goodness to you this summer. It fills my heart with happiness and gratitude.

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    1. It is wonderful, wonderful. I think I will always remember this summer as a particularly sweet time of walking with Jesus. I think you'd love this study, too! (You and Emily, both.)

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