Making Jesus the calm center

10/21/2013

The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes
by Kimberly Dunnam Reisman


Six weeks ago, twenty new female friends and I began Kimberly Dunnam Reisman's study, The Christ-Centered Woman, on Wednesday nights at Forest Lake UMC in Tuscaloosa. As with many studies, our first night together included getting to know one another and distributing books. (We had to order more, TWICE!)

As I entered our classroom after our first week of this study of Ephesians 3, one of my new friends remarked, "Does she (the author) know me? I can't believe how much I needed this study!"

The Christ-Centered Woman provides not only sound theological teaching for a women's study group, but also draws group members closer to one another. The grace and balance emphasized in this well-formatted study created an atmosphere of peace and acceptance, fostering the vulnerability and openness vital to an engaged, supportive and enthusiastic group of women. 

Each week's video and lessons work well together making this an effective, yet easy study to facilitate. Best of all, seasoned Christians, new believers and those investigating Christianity responded enthusiastically to the study.

As author Kimberly Dunnam Reisman, who serves Executive Director of Next Stop Evangelism Ministries and Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary, emphasizes in an introduction, "Over the years, I've learned that balance is not about eliminating chaos; it's about finding a calm center from which to navigate the commitments and challenges of life. And this calm center is found in Jesus Christ."

Together my new friends and I learned while we may not be perfect, through the Holy Spirit's guidance and with each other's encouragement, we can become more balanced and Christ-centered.

 

Linda Holland
Small group leader
Forest Lake UMC
Director of Connectional Ministries
North Alabama Conference

A study kit for The Christ-Centered Woman, including leader guide, DVD and preview book, is available for borrowing from the North Alabama Conference Resource Library.  Please contact Mary Simpson, msimpson@umcna.org, 205-226-7974.  Participant books may be ordered from www.cokesbury.com.


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