Chase – A DVD Based Study by Jennie Allen (Review)

“God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.”
What comes to your mind when you hear the name David? Chase DVD-Based Study
by Jennie Allen is an attempt to draw the lessons of the life of the man whom God called “a man after my own heart.”. I want to be a woman who God would say the same about, how about you?
I have done a number of Bible Study Lessons about the Life of David, and I have to admit, this one life continues to deepen my faith and trust in God like no other. So let me tell you how this DVD-Based Study is unique.
This beautifully boxed DVD study set, comes complete with an Leader’s guide, Student (Study) Guide, 80 minute DVD, and Conversation Cards. Additional Study Guides can be purchased separately. It has all you need to hold a Bible Study group in your home or church, although I am thinking that it lends itself well to comfortable, cozy gatherings of women in  relaxed environments. If you have never led a Bible Study before, Jennie gives enough instruction, coaching and advice to allow for a great start. 
The Leader’s Guide offers a section on preparing to lead a group, tips on leading and things to watch out for. The rest of the guide directs each of the 8 lessons in a concise manner. There is also a section on the different types of learners and how best to encourage them in this study.
The Study Book states clearly instructions and expectations supported by those in the Leader’s Guide. Since this study is highly interactive (more on that in a minute), there is no getting around there has to be some clear guidelines set in place for everyone to adhere and refer to in print. 
The DVD is segmented into 10 minute sessions to use at each of the get togethers. I loved the unique and beautiful way Jennie appears in these video clips. They are sure to draw out and inspire deep sharing among women. I absolutely felt moved to tears a couple of times while listening to her speaking. 
Discussion time comes in various ways for each meeting but one of the unique features offered with this study are the Conversation Cards. These small cards have questions printed on them for each of the weekly themes. The leader spreads the cards out and allows the group to choose the question they are willing to discuss. Here are a couple of examples: “Do you feel pressure from God to obey or measure up? How is that pressure affecting you?” and What do you most fear losing? Is God enough to fill the space of what you might lose?”.  These cards are meant to encourage authentic reflecting and sharing within the safety of the group. I also think they would make great journal prompts! 
 The Chase study follows themed in this way : 
Getting Started: Chase
Lesson 1: Identity- 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Lesson 2: Courage- 1 Samuel 17:1-51
Lesson 3: Obedience- 1 Samuel 15:1-31
Lesson 4: Belief- 2 Samuel 7:1-17
Lesson 5: Repentance-2 Samuel 11; 2 Samuel 12:1-14
Lesson 6: Surrender- 2 Samuel 13; 2 Samuel 18:13-33
Lesson 7: Chased Down- Ephesians 1:3-14
I have listed the specific study scripture to give an idea of the chapters covered on David’s life but additional scripture is used and referenced throughout the study as well, including Psalms. 
I passed the Chase Box along to my Women’s Ministry Leader who kindly shared her input on this study as well. Here are her thoughts: “The videos will make participants feel as though they are having a one on one discussion with Jennie – the material is thought provoking. Chase would be excellent for small group study. The Chase cards would give the women the opportunity to know each other on a deeper level.” 
I am hoping to lead this study in my home this Winter. I think it would definitely rock my world, and those who join in the journey! All the tools you need need to enjoy a small gathering study are available in this one box. 
“This is not a study for people who want to play it safe. This study will mess with you., just as it messed with me, because we are all chasing things other than Go, and when you look into the life of someone chasing God Himself, God alone, you start craving Him too. I want a life like David’s, brave dependent and full of worship. He had a relationship with God unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I want to know God like he did. I want to trust God like he did. “
~ Jennie Allen
Here is a clip of Jennie (click to see video clip if you are viewing through e-mail)
For more, check out Jennie Allen’s Chase  at Thomas Nelson.
I received this Product through Shelton Interactive. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Maxed Out on Monday

Monday. Fresh start or dreaded day? Is Monday a day that requires extra grace, I wonder. Either way, here we are at the start of a new week. I am seeking grace and margin. Last week was a very busy, week with Home School, three days of “out of the home” appointments, work (per usual), and bonus stresses squeezed in, unexpectedly. Can you relate? Yet, for the moments that maxed me out there was still available to me throughout the week, a safe haven; a strong refuge; a still, small voice; abundant grace; peace and joy. Available and present with me was my Faithful, Living Savior. Because of that I can face tomorrow…and today. Especially Monday!


Sometimes I feel this way with a lot of things: Music with words, news, Facebook News-feeds, certain talkative people…etc. Sometimes we have to walk away from overload, whatever form it takes. Some seasons in life just require an extra dose of discernment and wisdom to navigate well. He provides what we need. Let us lean in toward Him, and listen close. He provides the drink we need in perfect measure. 

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17

I have been lax on this (maybe there is a relation to my feeling maxxed out-ness, hmmm?)
so resuming my Multitudes on Monday…

Now where did I leave off?
Ah, yes.

416. Any day my husband is off of work and home with us.
417. Homemade Chicken Chow Mein and Chocolate pound cake- whipped up by him…because he’s awesome like  that.
418. Day out shoe shopping with my Best Girl and buying her the wedge sneakers she wanted.
419. The Doctor appointment that went well. Lord, beyond measure with this one since they sometimes are horror movie worthy!
420. A family day Friday and Thai food shared lunch.
421. A day of scrap-booking. It’s been so long, I forgot how much I love to do it! The company (Sam S. this means YOU!) was wonderful, truly relaxing creative time. A treat enjoyed.
422. Best tip ever- Created my Homeschool only Binder. THanks to Sam as well!
423. Pink Champagne cupcake from a local bakery I did not even know was there (thanks to Sam for that one, too- maybe)- YUM.

 Relaxing fun day with my Home School Mentor and friend Sam.
Oh and her little Boy Bun in the oven.
Cupcakes by Patty Cakes. Yum. 

In an ironic twist of fate…(God loves to do that, ya know) I met her at the Boot Camp Class I teach weeknights. 

Sam stamped this page for me to add pics to. I have been wanting to scrap these pictures for the longest time. My sweet girl chasing a butterfly.
Precious memory!

I added the ribbon from the cupcake box!
That was also Sam’s suggestion.
Hmm. Can’t wait to boss her around again in Boot Camp, Post Baby, to thank her for all! 

Look WHAT I DID moment:

I made these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies last week.
The recipe is HERE. They were yummy to me.
Too healthy for my family.
Oh, well…Here’s to cookies for breakfast! 

Reviewed this book HERE and we are on our final week of writing to God together.
Wednesday Rachel will be making a visit for our final post and gathering.
What a wonderful journey it has been for myself and a few other sojourners!

My Bloggy BFF, Pam at In The Shadow Of His Wings has written a review for a Bible Study called Chase by Jennie Allen. Will you hop on over and check it out. The study itself looks great and Pam has done a thorough, well thought out and prayerful review of it! Check it out! 

Have a Wonderful Week, Friends!

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