I’ve been working my way through a new study from Jennie Allen this week. Restless: Because You Were Made for More is an 8 session study of the life of Joseph. More importantly, Restless is a study that “helps you discover a practical plan to identify the threads of your life and how to weave them together for God’s glory and purposes.”
DVD-driven, Restless is a little less artsy and a little more straight up Bible study delivery than Chase, but is absolutely still 100% genuine Jennie Allen. Bursting with enthusiasm for God’s word, Allen delivers with no-holds-barred energy in every session.
The study guide is designed to guide participants on a journey of discovery far beyond the life of Joseph. While nowhere near overwhelming, working through each week’s lesson will provide the right amount of challenge for most. Enough to require measured engagement; not too much to intimidate newer or less experienced participants. Very well written, there is both depth and plenty of next steps prescribed.
As was the case with Chase, I really love the creative elements of the Restless. Every session includes four projects designed to creatively open eyes to see and ears to hear the biblical truths being taught. Exercises that help draw out insights or explore more deeply make this study move well beyond a fill-in-the-blank experience.
Another very cool ingredient are the conversation cards that accompany each session. Introducing the ingredient of play, the cards nonetheless prompt a deeper, more provocative conversation.
An extremely helpful leader’s guide is included in the study kit. It’s no exaggeration for me to call this one of the most helpful leader’s guides you’ll ever run across. Very complete, even the least experienced leaders will find the helps they need to lead with confidence.
I really like this study. Whether you’re looking for a new study for off-campus women’s small groups or an on-campus Bible study, you definitely need to have Restless on your radar. It will surely be a life-changing experience for those who do the work of discovering how the threads of their life reveal God’s purposes.