We’ve all been stuck in one way or another. Stuck in our relationships, staying with the same path because it’s what we know. Stuck in our perspectives on life, choosing to only see things from one direction. Stuck in our relationship with God, wanting to grow but not knowing how to get out of the rut.
The thing is, some of us don’t, can’t, or won’t recognize the ways we get stuck. Neither do we know how to get unstuck.
Thankfully, we don’t have to stay stuck. We can move on. We can grow. We can get unstuck.
I led a small group this semester based on the “Stuck” material. Jennie Allen gets to the point quickly and goes deep. In this eight-week study, our eyes were opened to see those areas of our lives that hold us back from trusting God and from being all He created us to be. Jennie asks questions that make you give real, honest answers. We found this study was more about being honest with ourselves. We felt raw and vulnerable (because no one wants to admit her flaws), until we realized we weren’t alone. Each of us had different areas of need, and we began uncovering our stuck places.
Being able to identify specific stuck places in my life has helped me focus on what I need to do to grow closer to God. When I first started this study, I was quiet and I didn’t share a lot, but once I realized I was in a safe and faith-filled environment, I became more open. Sharing my story has helped me move forward from my stuck places. I have definitely grown a lot closer to God throughout the eight weeks of “Stuck.” ~Bethany Bowersox
This study balances a lot of things that are sometimes out of balance in book studies. Sometimes the homework is overwhelming. This homework isn’t. But, there’s enough substance to make doing the homework worthwhile. A very important factor for me in considering small group materials is the inclusion of copious Scripture references. I prefer Bible-based materials to opinion-based materials. Jennie balances solid scriptural teaching with topical discussion. There’s plenty to grab your attention, but it’s not done in a flashy way. It all comes together to support the purpose of the study: growing deeper in our relationship with God and with others by identifying and addressing our stuck places.
I really enjoyed the study. I loved how it was specifically for women and it was a girl-bonding and growing time. I thought the pacing was good and that the questions varied in depth. I also loved how the questions at the end of the chapter were designed to stimulate different parts of the mind and the way the video reiterated what was in the book. That way you can read it as well as hear it and see it, rather than just read it. This is helpful for people with different ways of learning and remembering things. ~Amanda O’Brien
As Amanda mentioned, this a multi-media study. Of the different resources, my favorite was the discussion card pack. One of the most difficult things in facilitating small groups is keeping the conversation going on topic. That was not the case with this study. Each week we’d all pick 2 or 3 questions from the stack to answer, and our conversations continued easily.
Stuck has really helped me to face some of the tough issues that I’ve allowed to take control of my life. Over the past few weeks I have grown to know God in a deeper way and to really begin to grasp how much He loves me. I have so much more joy and peace than I ever thought possible; circumstances are the same, but my heart has changed. ~Cachaca Beasley
“Stuck” grabbed our attention in week one and kept it until the end. I highly recommend this study for any women’s group that wants an easy-to-use Bible-based material that will challenge its members to dig deep and grow in their relationship with God and each other. Seasoned leaders and new leaders alike can utilize all the helps here to bring freedom in Christ to the women they lead. When I was sent this study to review it, I was sent an extra one to give away (compliments of Thomas Nelson). Included in the “Stuck” leadership pack: 1 student study book, 1 leader book, 1 DVD, and 1 conversation card pack (Retail value: $39.99).
So, now’s your opportunity to enter to win this study. Leave a comment here and tell me why you’d like to have the leadership pack for “Stuck.” Deadline to enter: Friday, December 14 at noon EST.