Larkly Bible Studies ~Facebook Giveaway~

I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, Ruth Ann Larkly, the writer of a great series of Bible studies that we will be giving away on Thursday, November 20th. She is a pastor’s wife in the state of Arizona and has been married for 9 years to her husband, Tim. They  have 4 beautiful platinum blond children.

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Ruth Ann and I at her home in Arizona

Ruth Ann and I had a small connection when my husband interned for her future husband, Tim, who was already pastoring before they were married. We met for the first time in September and she made me feel as if we have been long-time friends.

These Bible studies are a result of God working in her heart through many circumstances. The first book, was born out of a thesis written to obtain a Master’s Degree at her local college. Then, after she completed it she had it bound and sent to her mother and mother-in-law for a Mother’s Day gift. From there, God used that to be able to move her forward. She shared the Bible study with Grace Hardy, an older friend in the ministry, who encouraged her to self-publish her book. Her friend helped her to find proofreaders and the Lord began to work things out for everything to fall in place. She and her husband also tediously have edited and re-edited these books so that you can have quality ladies Bible studies that will benefit your life.

After the end of the first book, she felt as though the Lord closed that door of writing, but only temporarily until He began stirring a new set of ideas and thoughts in her heart. She has gone through the process of writing each book in much of the same way, when the Lord works in her heart she writes a new one and Lord willing, there will be more!

Ruth Ann is a woman of vision that believes there are more ladies out there that can write what the Lord has put on their hearts and who should put them into book form. She hopes that one day the Lord will help her be able to organize a writer’s conference for those who are called to write but are not sure how to go about getting their information into book form. Tim, her husband, has formatted her books and can offer great insight for getting a book self-published. “Not many books are written in our Christian circle unless someone has connections with a church that has a printing ministry,” she said. She hopes that can change for the sake of the Lord’s work.

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The Larkly Family

In listening to her discuss the time when she received her first order of books and decided to send them to 80 women in her life. She sent out a group of books at a time with personal letters and then waited for their responses. When she finally heard from them, she was relieved that many women provided lots of positive feedback. Ruth Ann feared when people she knew in the past heard that she had become a Christian writer, that she would not be taken seriously. It concerned her that with some of the mistakes she had made in her past, that it would prevent people from understanding how she has grown in her walk with the Lord. But she has not allowed those fears to hold her back, but has decided to step out in faith each time she published a book.

Her first book is, Your Faith Affects Your Family, that covers Biblical women’s lives like Samson’s wife, Lot’s Wife, Miriam, and 9 more. The second is, Your Faith Affects Your Family Volume Two, includes 12 chapters and women like Hannah, Mary, and Jezebel. Her third book  is, Your Family’s Faith Affects Other Families. Each of these Bible studies are written specifically for women. They have very easy to read chapters, that have scripture, great explanations, and end the chapter with a section called “Our Personal Prayer,” and “Questions to Consider.” If you have ever read through a Regular Baptist Press ladies Bible study book, then these books have a very similar format that can be easy for personal or group use.

Here are some personal testimonies from ladies that have read her book(s):

  •  “Walking readers through the lives of timeless Bible characters supported by the references from the KJV Bible, this book draws our eyes to the Heavenly Father. The author does a good job of guiding readers through personal introspection, personal research and Bible study, and offers insightful application in a simple and easy-to-follow manner. This book has been a blessing to me personally, and I look forward to its encouraging influence on others, as well.”
  • “This is an amazing women’s devotional of the life of and role of women in the Bible and how they interacted or effected their family.  This is a great eye-opening devotional for women; it convicted me on what God has called us to be and how He wants us to glorify Him through the way we live our lives.”
  • “Ruth Ann’s unique biblical insights into women of the Bible will be a source of enlightenment and encouragement. As you read it, you will be challenged to examine your own heart to see how your faith affects your family. I am thrilled to recommend it.”
  • “This book was very specific on different women in the Bible and how their faith affected their different families in good ways and in bad ways as well.  I appreciated that Mrs. Larkly took the time to discuss the things that were wrong and the things that were right in these women’s lives.  Each account seemed  to have different lessons to take away from.”

The great thing I believe is not only the content of the books, but the cost. Each book is $8 and if you purchase the set of all 3 books, she will give you a bundled price of $20 (plus shipping). You can purchase her books by following this link and contacting her on her Facebook page.

Larkly Bible Studies Giveaway1Enter this great giveaway on the Ministry Mamas Facebook page here!!

Want to know more about the Larkly family? Follow Ruth Ann as she writes at her “Happy as a Larkly” blog.

 

The winner of Ruth Ann’s bundle of 3 books will be notified on Friday, November 21st.

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55 Ladies Bible Study Ideas

This is a list of 55 Bible Study ideas for personal use or a Ladies Bible Study group. Also included is a list of books that are for teaching a Bible study for teen girls. This blog post was inspired by a question another Ministry Mama asked me, so I decided that it might be something that would be of interest to all of you that lead a regular Ladies Bible Study group in your church and are always looking for a new and fresh idea.

First of all I want you to know that I use the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible and I know there are lots of church ministries out there that do and it can get pretty difficult to find Ladies Bible Study books only using the King James. I have included both King James Ladies Bible Study ideas and other books and studies that use other versions of the Bible. My reason is because there is great quality of writing from various authors that God has allowed to write about Biblical subjects that we can use and glean from in our spiritual lives. Just because they may use a different version of the Bible, I do not believe that their work should be cast off, we just need to be wise in looking up the verses in the King James Version and making sure that their application is appropriate to the context of the Word as well as correct Bible doctrine.

Second, I want to say, I have not read a majority of these books, so it will be your job to read and be responsible for judging whether these books are proper for your church and ladies group. You should buy the Bible Study book yourself and read it beforehand. You may want to make your own handouts to give to your ladies for the Bible Study if the book you are studying has verses from other versions. This will help you be able to have one mind and one focus without the confusion of other translations. Some Bible study leaders choose to lead the group with the only Bible study book, and others like for their ladies to have the book themselves and have them read the chapters and do the study and bring it ready when they come to the group. The choice is up to you!

Third, the links to these websites are not associated with any affiliate links. I give them to help you find these resources easily. You have the freedom to buy these books on any other website, in fact, I encourage you to look for the best prices so that your ladies can purchase their book at an affordable price.

Last, if you have any suggestions for other Ladies Bible Study books, whether KJV or otherwise, please contact me and share that information with me so I can add them to the list. If I get enough suggestions I may even add another blog post of another list.

King James Bible Studies

Your Faith Affects Your Family Volumes 1 and 2 by Ruth Ann Larkly

Your Faith Affects Other Families by Ruth Ann Larkly

The Choice Is Yours by Terrie Chappell

Stewarding Life by Paul Chappell (teacher and student edition available)

Regular Baptist Press Ladies Bible Study Books (many are listed below)

Forgiveness: A Prescription for Peace by Juanita Purcell

Growing Through Crisis A Study in Nehemiah by Martha Tyler

Stretch My Faith, Lord – The Book of James by Juanita Purcell

The Secret of Contentment by Juanita Purcell

How to Stay Sane When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by J.O. and Juanita Purcell

How’s Your Attitude? A Study Through the Beatitudes by Juanita Purcell

Glimpses of God: Revealed Through His Names by Debi Pryde

Called to Conquer – Preparing for Spiritual Victory by Dorothy Davis

How Can I Love Those Prickly People? Juanita Purcell

Faces of Perseverance by Juanita Purcell

Women Who Made a Difference (Biblical Women) by Martha Tyler

Key Truth for Women by Martha Tyler or More Key Truths

Teachers of Good Things by Francie Taylor

Women of the Bible Series – 5 Books in the series: Helpmeets and Homemakers, Faithful and Fruitful, Helpless and Hurting, Powerful and Prestigious, Carnal and Conniving

Sweet Journey by Teri Maxwell

The Lady the Lord is Looking For by Cathy Corle

Christian Ladies Devotional Journal by Tom & Nancy Sexton

A Heart for the Lord Glorianne Gibbs

The H.E.A.R.T. Ministry has over 65 free KJV Bible Study Resources available for download for personal or group use.

Man’s Problems, God’s Answers by Gary Prisk – teacher’s and student’s booklet available

A Heart Devoted – A Yearly Devotional and Prayer Journal for Women

Secrets of a Happy Heart by Debi Pryde

What Do I Know About My God? Mardi Collier

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Other Ladies Bible Studies

Behold Your God: Studies on the Attributes of God by Myrna Alexander*

Love and Respect by Emerson Eggeriches (book and workbook)*

Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow*

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp*

Invisible Hurts by Loretta Walker*

Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot*

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot*

 Lies Women Believe & The Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss*

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver*

A Wife After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George*

Putting on a Gentle and Quiet Spirit – I Peter by Elizabeth George*

Lord, Change Me by Evelyn Christenson*

The Five Love Languages or The Five Love Languages for Children by Gary Chapman*

Changed Into His Image by Jim Berg*

*These books either contain verses from other Bible versions or I am not confident whether they are King James or not. 

Bible Studies for Teen Girls

Emotional Control By Jeannie Walker*

Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour? by Karen Finn

The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy*

The Bride Wore White – Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity by Danna Gresh*

The King’s Daughter by Rachel Miller

Just Friends by Mike Ray & Cary Schmidt

Discover Your Destiny by Cary Schmidt – (teacher and student workbooks)

Lies Young Women Believe* – Nancy L. DeMoss & Dannah Gresh

 *These books either contain verses from other Bible versions or I am not confident whether they are King James or not.