A Review of Divine Design: A Bible Study on Biblical Womanhood

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From the Supreme Court decision to the recent decisions at Target, gender is a hot topic and society is sending major messages about how it should be viewed. These messages have prompted many conversations – conversations filled with honest, hard, vulnerable yet good questions. It’s a discussion girls want to join – and Divine Design is a great place to start! The study is an excellent introduction to the subject of gender and a great Bible study option for a girls discipleship group.

For those who are considering using the study, here is an overview of my thoughts-

Pros:

  • Clear explanation of the differences between manhood & womanhood (while not falling into stereotypes)
  • Excellent parallels of a marriage between a man and a woman and the relationship Christ has with the church
  • Addresses the common (yet often unspoken) feeling that God loves women less
  • Good balance of addressing those who are married as well as girls who are single
  • Week five was very insightful as they addressed how sin affects us differently based on gender
  • Created opportunities for meaningful discussion (this icebreaker worked great too!)

 

Cons:

  • The online sessions are mediocre. I taught tidbits that I liked in them, but never showed them in group. The content in the videos especially doesn’t translate well to high school girls.
  • There is a LOT of content & I was concerned my girls would get overwhelmed by information and absorb little. For this reason, I taught from outlines I created each week to highlight points I wanted them to remember.
  • The practical application for them as high school students was hard to illustrate at times. I just found out there is a teen version, but I haven’t read it yet.

 

The Bottom Line:

Divine Design ranks in the top five books I currently recommend for high school girls – especially juniors and seniors. It will challenge girls who have grown up in church to wrestle with what they believe Scripture teaches about the hotly debated subject of gender.

 

Freebie:

Here is my outline for Divine Design – Week 1!
(Note: The outline above has been written by me and is not endorsed by the book or website.)

 

Have a question about this Bible study or comments after having done it yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

 

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