Several months ago, I was asked to review a new Bible study, entitled “Chase”, written by Jennie Allen. The Bible Study can be used as a standalone study guide or used as part of a DVD series presented by Allen herself.
The Chase study. The study itself is thorough and scriptural. The eight-week study uses the example from the life of King David to help us discover what God really wants from believers. The questions are interactive and are best used in a group study. During the study, you will learn about identity, courage, obedience, belief, repentance, surrender and being chased by God.
Are you chasing after God or after the things of this world? Are you searching for your identity in Christ or in yourself, your roles, your talents, or even your spouse and children? “Chase” will show you how to apply the truth of Scripture to your own life and, through the support and accountability of a small group, will guide you to a better understanding of who we are as believers in Christ.
I enjoyed the study itself. I believe a small group experience would make this study an excellent short study for a short period of time. However, depending on the size of the group, the length of each session will take longer than one hour.
The Chase DVD. The package comes with one study guide, one leaders’ guide, conversation card and a DVD containing eight short videos 8-12 minutes in length. Jennie Allen holds a masters’ degree in Biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her passion is communicating a bigger God through writing and teaching.
I was not impressed with the video presentations. I was distracted by the volume of the background music as well as the constant use of her hands as she spoke. She was trying too hard to be relational and conversational, but she couldn’t compete with the music. They added nothing to the study as it was all about her personal experiences but didn’t contain much more than what the study included.
In my opinion, in a DVD study, the video should complement and/or add to what you have studied throughout the week. On a positive note, the $30.00- $40.00 price makes it an inexpensive alternative to some of the other studies that cost over $100.00.
In summary, this is a great summer time study. It will take about an hour to complete the study guide each week and at least an hour and half for the discussion meeting. It is designed to be a women’s study. The DVD would be best suited for girls/young women ages 17-25.
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