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An Honest Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
I was led by God to this study when I received a free online invitation at just the right time at a critical point in my journey. I immediately Amazon-ed all the tools. For many years, my anxiety had been manageable without medication or counseling until 7 weeks ago when I suffered a severe anxiety attack, which landed me in the ER 4 times and in the hospital. I was convinced I was in a hypertensive crisis, and I was. My unmanaged anxiety, unchecked spiraling thoughts, and years of sustained stress from work, church, and home life had caught up to me. I'm almost finished with the study, and it has helped me "see" the toxicity of playing "worst case scenario" and how to shift to healthier thinking in a Jesus-ward direction. Here's what I observed in the study:
1. Jennie is anointed and has a passion for her ministry that goes beyond her books. She is driven to "serve others". When I listen to her messages (without notes), she seems to posture herself on the edge of something. It's like her words are not fast enough to convey what's in her mind and heart. I love this fire in her.
2. The setting she chooses are intention and full of symbolism of the message that she is teaching. I won't spoil that for you. I'll let you experience that for yourself.
3. One critic on her said the book doesn't match her workbook, and there are no discussion questions. If you read that review, it's untrue. Her text pairs beautifully with the workbook, but Allen is smart enough to allow your "reading experience" to be more fluid than your "writing/workbook" experience. If you want to read the first four chapters, you can, and you still will hear her pull the text into the messages and the workbook. I love that, and you will too.
4. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, disappointment, disillusionment, fear, and want a deeper connect point with God, this is a safe place to start. I love that she does give you meaty material as well as balancing it with practical exercises THAT WORK!
5. She is respectful of time--she doesn't teach hour-long messages with a week's worth of homework. While that format works well for the studious of Bible readers and those who really have the commitment, she teaches her students to be good stewards of time. This is definitely do-able for a power-hour lunch meeting with the girls. Twenty minutes for the message with plenty of time for worship and discussion.