The Study and Discussion Guide has been developed as a tool for the reader to engage personally with the content of the book and with Scripture related to each chapter. While we anticipate that Becoming Eve inspires hope and prompts the Spirit's work of transformation in the life of the reader, ultimately it is God's Word that is "living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) It is our desire, therefore, that the reader dig deep into Scripture as she reads Becoming Eve, trusting that the transforming power of the Gospel will prevail.
We have two goals in mind as we present this Study and Discussion Guide. The first is that the reader will engage thoughtfully with the principles and truths outlined in each chapter of Becoming Eve. Rather than reading and moving on, the Personal Study and Reflection portion of each lesson will help her to spend some time in self-examination that is guided by God's Word. As she interacts with the Bible and the book, we anticipate the text coming off the pages and becoming an integral part of her faith and life.
Secondly, we hope that the reader will think strategically about how to become a "doer of the Word" (James 1:22) as she grows in her understanding of God and of her own habits, her ideas and even her sin patterns. The call to become Eve, to be transformed into the image of God in Christ as a helper and a life-giver is compelling -- but it is also counter-cultural. We will not change by simply hoping that it is so. Hope is not a strategy. Instead we need to ask God to inflame our passion and give us a vision for what might be, and we need to trust the Holy Spirit to begin that work in our lives. But we co-operate with Him by "working out our own salvation" (Philippians 2:12). This is our joyful and fulfilling service. This Study and Discussion Guide is meant to be a catalyst for strategizing change!
We have included a series of questions for use by a small group, should Becoming Eve be the subject of a book study. Ideally, individual members come to the group meeting having done their own personal study. That being the case, these questions provide some fresh material that ought to provoke thoughtful and transparent conversation regarding both the text in the book and the Scriptures that have been studied.
We hope that this Study and Discussion Guide will be an encouragement and source of joy for our readers. We are trusting the Lord toward that end!