Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, the latest resource from Rebekah Lyons is a must-add to your recommended list.
"Daily struggles with anxiety and stress make it difficult to receive God's peace. In Rhythms of Renewal Rebekah Lyons draws from her own battle with depression and anxiety and shares a pathway to establish four life-giving rhythms modeled by Jesus that quiet inner chaos and make room for a flourishing life (from the cover).
Video-driven, the sessions feel like you're just listening in on a great conversation. Lyons is a no-pretense communicator. There is never a moment when you feel like you're in an auditorium with hundreds or thousands. It always feels like she is speaking to you; telling you about her own journey and inviting you find rest, restoration, connection and creation.
The study guide is well-designed and includes several really helpful features. Like most video driven studies, there is a "teaching notes" section that encourages participants to "record anything that stands out to you." The group discussion, prayer direction and between-sessions material was written by Kevin and Sherry Harney, a veteran Bible study team, in collaboration with Rebekah Lyons.
I found the prayer direction guidance particularly helpful. Different than many studies, a very intentional pathway to prayer is provided. In addition, the personal study material inserted between sessions provides an important rhythm-establishing experience for participants.
Finally, this is a topic that will resonate with many and Rebekah Lyons' story and communication style will connect broadly. I'm often on the lookout for studies that connect cross-culturally (i.e., you don't have to be a Christian to resonate).
Rhythms of Renewal has a LOT going for it. I loved this study and I think you will too.
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