Item description for The Grand Sweep (Daily Response Book): 365 Days From Genesis Through Revelation by J. Ellsworth Kalas...
Overview * Covers the whole Bible in one year. Congregations, study groups, and individuals can begin The Grand Sweep at any time during the year. Daily commentary sheds light on the meaning of Scripture and points out the value in passages that may seem uninteresting or hard to read. The Grand Sweep program offers congregations opportunity and guidance for all adults--youth too--to read through the Bible in a year. The five components of The Grand Sweep make possible a range of ways individuals and groups in the congregation can read and study the Bible.Record notes and insights.
Publishers Description Read Scripture daily. Respond to Scripture daily. Pray daily. Study the whole Bible in a year with this spiral bound companion to the reading book, both to be used daily with the Bible. This Daily Response Book has 5 sections: Questions or directions for Days 1-7 each week call for written response to the assigned Scripture "Prayer Time" suggests a focus for daily and weekly praying and invites you to identify persons and concerns for prayer. "How the Drama Develops" summarizes the week's Scripture and situates it in the ongoing biblical story. "Seeing Life Through Scripture" invites you to view life through the lens of Scripture in order to draw guidance and insights for living. Think of yourself in conversation with Scripture. "The Sum of It All" in a verse or verses, sums up the week's Scripture. Over the course of fifty-two weeks, the verses become a synopsis of the biblical story. Congregations, study groups, and individuals can begin The Grand Sweep at any time during the year with this study. Allow at least 30 minutes daily when using this resouce. Components of the entire study: The Study Book Set (includes both books below) 365 Days from Genesis Through Revelation (A Bible Study for Individuals and Groups) Daily Response Book Sermon Ideas for 52 Weeks Leader's Guide for Group Study Audiotapes of the contents of: 365 Days resource above
For another group study offered by Cokesbury, go to the Adult Bible Studies website.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1997
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 068772063X ISBN13 9780687720637
Availability 0 units.
More About J. Ellsworth Kalas
Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas is a former president of Asbury Theological Seminary.
After 38 years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio, and five years as an associate in evangelism with the World Methodist Council, Dr. Kalas came to Asbury in 1993 with the opening of the Beeson Preaching and Leadership program. He served as mentor to the Beeson pastors and as their preaching professor until joining the Seminary preaching faculty in 2000.
Dr. Kalas has received honorary doctorates from four colleges and universities. More than 35 of his books have been published, as well as 13 adult study quarterlies for the United Methodist Publishing House. He has recorded the entire Bible on audiotape, along with his Grand Sweep devotionals; these materials are now available on The Grand Sweep for iPhone. He is also the author of Christian Believer, an intensive study of Christian doctrine produced for interdenominational use. A video component, “Behind the Pages” has recently been added to his books, Parables from the Back Side and Old Testament Stories from the Back Side.
He and his wife, Janet, who is very much a part of his ministry, have four children and nine grandchildren.
J. Ellsworth Kalas currently resides in the state of Kentucky. J. Ellsworth Kalas was born in 1923.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Grand Sweep (Daily Response Book): 365 Days From Genesis Through Revelation?
Wonderful format Oct 24, 2007
Some other books that help us walk through the Bible are overwhelming, or in a format that is less thought provoking. I find this to be a easy-to- come-back-to format without feeling guilty you've missed a few days.
Great Bible Reading Tool Mar 8, 2007
I use this book to read the bible through in a year. I am on my fifth time and have bought several of these books to give others. It lays out an easy plan to read the bible in a year and gives a summery of each day's reading. It also sprinkles in the Psalms and Proverbs that I also enjoy instead of reading them all at once. A wonderful tool especially for those reading the bible for the first time. It especially helps you to get through the hard to read chapters.
Satisfied...or not? Feb 5, 2007
The amount of Scripture reading "assigned" for each day in the Bible Study for Individuals and Groups is doable. I have enjoyed reading the author's insights and prayers. However, I was not pleased with the Daily Response Book. The questions presented (one for each day) did little to further my study and understanding of the Scripture. Nor did they challenge me to apply it to my life, as I had hoped. We were planning on using this book as a "spring-board" for discussion in a small study group, but found it didn't really lend itself to be used as such. All in all, I could do without the Daily Response Book. But don't pass by the Bible Study book because of it!
Disappointed Feb 3, 2007
In their defense, it must be extremely challenging to come up with 365 good questions, one for each passage of the Bible, but I still think the ones in this Daily Response Book could have been a little more thought out and relevant. At least in the beginning one would hope they would use great questions to engage and hook you and get you in the routine so you would stick out the whole year. I only used the book for a couple of weeks, and it's not because I can't stick to a plan - I started a new one. Once, within the first couple of weeks, the question did not even match the scripture passage, it was either ahead or behind in Genesis. I ordered the book online without looking at it first, I would definitely recommend that folks look through the whole book to be sure it's what you want, before purchasing.