Book Review: “Unleash the Word” by Karen Soole


So less is more.

In a Bible study setting?

When we want to dig to the Word we ask lots of questions among the small group to better understand what God is teaching us in a particular passage. However their lots of pitfalls that are accompanied by that type of method (which you can read on the book we are reviewing). We might be accustomed by this approach.

That’s what this book about.  There is another way of engaging the small group with God’s Word. Less is more. Karen Soole shrink it to three. But first, Unleash the Word strikes two balls that are essential to the leader of a small group. Before we dig in to the practical ways to do the Bible study method presented in this book we must go through. One is that he needs to remember that as much as the biblical stuff is important but the relational side of the small group should also matter. This book aims to strike a balance between those two. Then two,  to handle the Word of God with utmost respect and care.  Both has pitfalls that a Bible teacher must avoid.

What I like also about Unleash the Word is how Soole explains hermeneutics and other things that comprises the Bible study method. It’s something out of the box and she nailed it good. The main cake of the book is the three question approach of the Bible study. It’s excellently explained here with a chart to help you track the progress of the Bible study using the book’s method. She ends the book with some sample Bible study which serves as template for us. No more excuses that you didnt understand the goal of this book for small groups.

For those who are struggling in their small group (like me!), Karen Soole wrote something that is not just practical but will make you eager to put her lessons into action. This small volume doesn’t pack all the stuff but has a simple serving of the essential things to get you going through that Bible study. Are you ready for a small group upgrade? Come and pick this book up whether your a novice or seasoned in handling a small group. Unleash the Word is gold!


My verdict:

5 out of 5

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