Back in the fall I was on the search for a Bible study for the ladies Bible study group I lead at church. We have never done any of the Proverbs 31 Ministries studies, so I decided to check them out. There was a new one about to be released, Let.It.Go. by Karen Ehman... How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith. Being somewhat of a control freak, this one sounded right up my alley! So I ordered the book, the study guide and the DVD.
I have to say that Proverbs 31 is very reasonable when it comes to their DVDs! There books and study guides are about the norm, but their DVDs are a much better price than most of the studies I teach. I was thrilled.
This review is for all of these items BUT you could easily read the book with out the Study Guide or DVD and get a great deal out of.
My intention was to work through this on my own and then I learned of an online Bible study group that was going to do this study starting in February, so I signed up! What fun it was to do with other ladies but it is definitely one that can be done on your own.
Ehman is a self-professed control freak who reaches out with great openness to woman who feel the need to manage every bit of their life (as well as their husband and kids and friends etc.) to death! In the end, we put more pressure on ourselves and cause more stress and strain in our relationships.. including the most important one.. our relationship with God.
Through humor and personal experiences, Ehman guides you into the Word and personal introspection to discover the freedom that can be found in Letting Go! Control is not bad.. it is over control that leads to lack to trust and the inability to walk in faith and let God be God!
The DVD offers a bit of personal input from Ehman and while a good bit of the material on it is covered in the book, I really loved being able to listen to her and then read it. It seemed to help drive some of those points home. The Study Guide is, to me, a bit weak for a group study. But it would be good for personal study or quiet time. It reinforces what is taught on DVD and in the book, as well as takes the reader further into the Word... which is always a good thing!
Overall I enjoyed the study. I am not sure it will work for my ladies group, but I have ideas how to use it in my church's Women's Ministry and it effected my personal life.
If you are a control freak or just like to hang on to everything a bit too tightly, this would be a good read for you.