I had the opportunity to preview a new study from Margaret Feinberg this week. Fight Back with Joy: Celebrate More, Regret Less, Stare Down Your Greatest Fears is a new 6 session study and it is one you are going to want to add to your recommended list.
Margaret Feinberg was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under 40’ who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine.
In Fight Back with Joy Feinberg asks the question, “What if joy is better than you imagined?” She points out that although “this virtue has been stamped on coffee mugs, sewn on decorative pillows–even displayed on dish soap…joy is more than whimsey; it’s the weaponry you can use to fight life’s greatest battles.”
DVD-driven, the session videos feature the captivating teaching of Margaret Feinberg. At an average length of 23 to 25 minutes, there are some speakers that would lose their audience. That doesn’t happen here. Truly a creative writer, Feinberg’s language is as imagination-provoking as humanly possible. Your group members will stay engaged as she explores these important biblical truths.
The Bible study book is a very creative experience as well. Far more than a set of discussion questions, each session includes a variety of experiences that will help unpack a number of profound ideas and life-changing truths. Every group session begins with an experiential activity “designed to be a trigger for group engagement and help move people toward the ideas explored in the teaching.”
Included in the Bible study book is a set of daily studies to be done in preparation for the upcoming session (except for the first session). A manageable length, most participants will find them to be a satisfying experience and just the right length to pull them along in the journey without overwhelming.
The Bible study book also includes a simple video notes section with many of the main statements and quotes, allowing members to capture other ideas that grab their attention. The study book concludes with a “joy bomb journal” designed to be a place to capture those amazing daily moments when God explodes on the scene with a sunset or a warm hug or an unexpected note from a friend.
While reading the book Fight Back with Joy is not required, it will help some participants get the most out of the experience. Margaret points out that “this is especially true for those facing a crisis of their own, whether a diagnosis similar to Margaret’s or something completely different.”
Fight Back with Joy is a powerful study that will be life-changing for many. I’m adding this study to my recommended list and I think you will too.
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