Disciple Her by Kandi Gallaty–Book Review

This book is a great resource for any individual or church interested in beginning Discipleship groups.  Kandi shares her experience, working with other women (usually for one year) and establishing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, journaling Bible study, Bible memorization.  At that point, the members are equipped to go forth and start D-groups of their own.  If you have the spiritual gifts of shepherding and/or encouragement, this book will inspire and motivate you.  According to the forward, Kandi

“… has defined what discipleship is, and outlined a pathway for investing in other women.”

Disciple Her

 

An appendix at the back of the book includes:

sample covenants for the D-groups,  a suggested reading list, a sample journaling process, a worksheet for planning your own group, a Bible reading plan and more.  I especially appreciated her plan for journaling.  Although I love to write, I have never been particularly successful at journaling.  Kandi’s model is H.E.A.R —

  • Highlight the passage you are studying each day
  • Explain the background and meaning of the verse
  • Apply the verse generally and specifically to your own life
  • Respond to the verse in prayer

I plan to give this method a try!

I also appreciated her explanation of the MARCS of a disciple.  They should be:

  • Missional
  • Accountable
  • Reproducible
  • Communal
  • Scriptural

Does your life show all of these marks?

As an interesting, aside, Kandi’s husband Robby wrote the series of books that include Bearing Fruit, Firmly Planted and Growing Up.  I believe I reviewed one of these on our blog some time ago, and highly recommended it.

VERDICT:  5 stars.  This book is a must for the Women’s Ministry of the church.

If you wish to purchase it go to the link below:

Disciple Her

The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255

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Joan’s (Jumbled) Journal

In an earlier post, Beth Ann talked about having a journal.  Many people do.  They keep lists of people they are praying for, prayer requests, and answers to pray.  That’s a fine thing to do.  However, just as there are many ways to pray, there are many ways to journal.

Although I like to write, for many years I could not seem to succeed in keeping a journal.  Why?  I guess I had the idea that my journal should be full of my “best” writing. Or my journal had to be a way to organize my prayer life.  Then in a class on spiritual direction, I was told, “remember, your journal is just for you.  Nobody else has to read it.”  That was freeing … now, as the post title indicates, my journal is a jumble.  I write down Bible verses that strike me, quotes from books, or ideas that pop into my mind.  I save newspaper articles, Sunday bulletins, movie tickets, notes from friends  and other things that I like or that remind me of what I was doing, feeling and thinking.  It usually takes me over a year to finish a journal and I now have about ten.  It’s enlightening to look back and see where I was spiritually and how far I’ve come.  It reminds me of how God has cared for me through all sorts of problems, always providing the insight, people and activities to move me along in my journey.My journal is truly “just for me.”  I doubt if it would make sense to anyone else.

Here are some ideas I’ve heard about journal keeping:

  1. Draw in your journal
  2. One friend I knew wrote her prayers in blue ink, and the answers she felt she was hearing from God in red
  3. Write prayers instead of speaking them
  4. When you find a bible verse, quote, song lyric, picture, bit of nature that speaks to you, put it in your journal
  5. Write down ideas and spiritual insights as they occur to you
  6. Take sermon notes, your Pastor will love you!

Your journal can become your personal way of speaking to God.  Make it a prayer.  Happy Journaling!