A meaningful and authentically Catholic Bible study for women is hard to find, but I think I have discovered a good one. It’s a new year, and while I am not big on resolutions, two things that I want to be better at this year is spending more time with God’s word, and journaling more consistently. I came across a book that I think may help me with both.
Born to Soar: Unleashing God’s Word in Your Life by Melissa Overmyer is a scripture and prayer journaling program designed to transform your spiritual life. No small order, but for those willing to “put in the time,” this deceptively small volume is packed with resources that could make a big impact on your soul. This six-week program is designed to be used either by an individual or a study group. It can be used alone, or along with free video reflections provided by the author as part of her Becoming More ministry. The theme change, symbolized by the lifecycle of the butterfly, is used throughout the study. In addition to the scripture study, the poetry of St. John of the Cross is used to expand the study.
The study consists of six sessions, designed to be done one week at a time. Each session includes several components: an extended reflection, rich in scripture reference and opportunity for contemplation around the theme of the butterfly’s metamorphosis; selection from the poetic works of St. John of the Cross; a guided prayer; and journaling prompts to dig deeper into the reflection. Seven more days of journaling prompts follow the weekly program to extend and deepen the experience throughout the week. The program closes with suggestions for service projects (which could be done on your own of with a group) and ways to extend the transformation experience into daily living.
A lengthy appendix includes additional resources, including tips for small-group leaders, a chapter on encouragement and practical tips for the transformational sacrament of reconciliation, and other practical suggestions for continuing the metamorphosis.
I think Born to Soar would be a great Catholic Bible study for women to start this new year, or anytime you desire a change in your spiritual life. I plan to use the program to celebrate the new life of the liturgical Easter season. Too often, I think we emphasize study and growth during the Advent and Lenten seasons of preparation, but give little attention to the opportunities for growth and renewal in the subsequent celebratory seasons of Christmas and Easter. I am looking forward to taking the time to experience this rich program day by day through the transformational season from Easter to Pentecost.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. Affiliate links are used in this post.