Empowered Living

Empowered by His Presence by Kevin G. Harney:  A Book Review

The question that drives Empowered by His Presence is this:  “Where can I receive strength as I seek to live another day?”  In this four-week study, Kevin Harney unpacks the stories of biblical characters and their responses to God’s presence and power within the challenges of their situations.  For example, the woman at the well is a story every Sunday School child would recognize, but, when this nameless woman is portrayed as a fellow bucket-carrier in the search for satisfaction in life, the story takes on a fresh urgency.  A powerful person has lots of buckets and access to thousands of wells — maybe even a staff of bucket-droppers who will eventually draw up something that will satisfy an empty soul.  A powerless person may decide there’s no reason to keep carrying buckets from well to well.  They’ve given up ever trying to quench the thirst of their parched soul.   The woman at the well becomes empowered by coming to Jesus, the source of living water.  She dared to take his “eternal refreshment,” and to quit dropping the bucket of her heart “down the endless wells the world offers.”

The book’s four-week format allows for a lesson for each day Monday through Friday and one lesson for the weekend.  The “Resources for Living an Empowered Life,” the Small Group Discussion Guide, DVD curriculum, and the breadth of Old and New Testament characters covered throughout the study make this a valuable resource for a home study or for use in a class room.  A church’s ministry resource library would be greatly enhanced by having a copy of Empowered by His Presence available as a reference for Sunday School teachers who want to liven up their presentation of a familiar Bible story.  With biblical literacy in decline in the church, Kevin Harney has given us an important bridge between biblical content and living an empowered life.

I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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