I’ve spent some time with a new resource from Mike Foster and the folks at SecondChance.org this week. I think Wonderlife: A Not So Perfect Guide to Who You Are and Why You’re Here is something you’re going to want to add to your recommended list.
Wonderlife “takes people on an authentic journey through their not-so-perfect stories to find their sacred calling.” Based on the principles of Psalm 139, the small group workbook, DVD and weekend series can easily be used as a church-wide campaign. The journey is wrapped around four lifemarks:
- I believe my story matters
- I am unashamed of what I love and care about
- I am honest about my obstacles and opportunities
- I am fully present for my life
“Living the wonderlife means who you say you are will never overshadow who God says you are. In scripture, Jesus always tells us who we are before He tells us what to do. God says, ‘You are mine. You are my beloved.’ And that’s enough if you let it be (from the introduction).”
Wonderlife is similar to Freeway, their previous project, in that it is just about as creative a resource as anything I’ve ever seen and unlike any other curriculum.
The video segments are available free online or can be purchased as a DVD. At about 10 minutes in length, they’re easy on the attention span. Featuring Mike Foster’s conversational style, they feel like you’re in the room with a friend who has a story to tell.
The workbook is very creative. Prepare for each session with a series of wonderfully creative exercises designed to help you understand yourself in a new and different way. The group discussion questions are well written and along with the video segment will generate a great discussion.
Wonderlife covers the kind of topic that makes an easy invite for friends, neighbors, co-workers and family. Although it is designed to generate a fairly personal discussion, it comes at it from such an exploratory angle, it ends up being fun and engaging at the same time.
If you’re looking for a study that makes for a great outreach opportunity, take a look at Wonderlife: A Not So Perfect Guide to Who You Are and Why You’re Here. I think you’ll like what you find. I loved this study and I think you will too!