Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Great New Book--and a Chance to Win a Gift Basket!

Not only do I have a great new book to tell you about today, but if you leave a comment you could win a gift basket. How cool is that???

Parables & Word Pictures is from my author friend Cheri Cowell. Here's a little info on it:

Book Description:

Parables and Word Pictures from the New Testament is a 13-week workbook-style study of 118 parables from Jesus, Paul, and the apostles. This comprehensive look at the New Testament parables will help readers develop an ear for the message they convey—that the Kingdom of God is both here and near. Through the study readers will be challenged to live faithful and holy “Kingdom lives” in a broken and unholy world. 

Of the thirteen weeks, the first nine explore the parables of Jesus in the four gospels; the next three look at the parables in Acts and those from Paul and the apostles. The study culminates in a look at what the author calls living parables,
with Jesus as the Parable of all parables. Through Him we come to know God the Father, and through Jesus we come to live as living parables in a world begging to “see God.” Living story-shaped lives allows others to see God in
us—this is Kingdom living.

The workbook includes a chart of parables in chronological order, a chart of parables alphabetically arranged in the four gospels, a chart showing the locations in Israel where the parables were taught, and an index of scriptures to make finding parables quick and easy. A Leader’s Guide is available.

Author Bio: 
Author, speaker, and sidewalk theologian, Cheri Cowell is passionate about discipleship and challenging the body of Christ to holiness of heart and life. As the author of Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life (Beacon Hill, 2007) and over 300 articles, Cheri’s love of story and the Holy Word shines through in her writing and teaching. In 2009 she was one of six journalists chosen for a tour of the Holy Land by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, a blessing that only deepened the love of the parables Jesus told. Cheri is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she learned the Inductive Bible study method used in this study to encourage, challenge, and equip the body of Christ to live story-shaped lives. 

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Contents of Gift Basket (contest will run through July 6):

1. Parables and Word Pictures from the New Testament (workbook Bible study) by Cheri Cowell
2. Women of the Bible: Book One (workbook Bible study) by Barber, Rasnake, and Shepherd
3. Mocha on the Mount (Coffee Cup Bible study) by Sandra Glahn
4. Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life by Cheri Cowell
5. Direction Bible study workbook by Cheri Cowell
6. God: Knowing Him By His Names by Bill Bright
7. See For Yourself: Daily Devotionals (ebook DVD) by Cheri Cowell
8. Bible tabs
9. Bookmark
10. Bible highlighter
11. Hunter Green gift basket

 So leave a comment, get a copy of the book, and have a blessed June, dear friends!


  1. This sounds like a wonderful gift basket giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Parables and Word Pictures sounds GREAT and the gift basket sounds amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this book and the giveaway!


  3. I LOVE to chat with readers, so to get the ball rolling I have a question...

    What is your favorite parable and why?

  4. This looks fantastic!! :)

  5. This book sounds really interesting! Thanks for hosting the giveaway and for entering my name. God bless!

  6. This book presents itself as an interesting read and a lovely, interactive way to study God's Holy Word.

  7. What a nice giveaway! Thanks!

  8. Thank you Kathi for hosting this give-a-way! And Thank you Cheri Cowell for gifting us with this new study, "Parables and Word Pictures from the New Testament." I have done studies on the parables in the past, but never in such depth. I love how you have laid out the 13 weeks and look forward to gaining a fresh perspective on how these parables apply to my life. I'm intrigued to see my life as a living parable! "Living story-shaped lives allows others to see God in us-this is kingdom living." I love it!

    I noticed one of the items in the gift basket is the study, "Women of the Bible-Book One." This, too, is a wonderful study!

    Cheri, To answer your question, one of my favorite parables is the parable of the lost sheep. Why? Simply put, it is a beautiful reflection, and reminder, of His unconditional love for me, for each one of us who surrenders their lives to our Creator, God, Jesus. It overwhelms me to know the Lord loved me enough to patiently pursue me, His lost sheep. When I met Him at the foot of the cross, I was broken, in need of His forgiveness, mercy, and grace. His gift through His Son, Jesus, gave me eternal hope, HE restored my soul. And all the angels in heaven rejoiced with Him to know that I, a sinner, saved by grace, was found! (Luke 15:11-32)

  9. Sherry,
    I loved your words about the Parable of the Lost Sheep. If you love this parable, be sure to check out the video trailer link above. I filmed it with live sheep. They were so cute, but the Shepherd who owned the farm told me they are also very dumb:-)

    Thanks for writing!

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    2. Cheri,
      I'm so glad! Thanks for sharing the sheep trailer link. I didn't notice it earlier. That's great! You are brave to enter into a sheep farm. I heard these cute sheep were very, very dumb. But if my memory serves me well, they smell too.:) Interesting that Jesus would use stinky sheep of high value as the central focus of this parable.(Luke 1-7)

      Again, thank you for gifting us with this new study.

      Eternally, Sherry

  10. A basketful of enrichment! How wonderful.
    Terri tlw131 [at] gmail [dot] com