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Book Club - First Things First

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Book Club - First Things First

Christa Hesselink

So...you're interested in joining the book club?

Hope so!

I think we're in for a good time, and more importantly, I think we're in for a month of digging a bit deeper, taking time to ponder some of the more important things in life, and hopefully come out the other side encouraged, hopeful and inspired. By the end of July, I hope you feel more equipped and motivated to keep going on our own personal journey of transformation.

If you've got questions about the Book Club, head on over to the FAQ's ... I bet you'll find the answer.

The only thing you need to do before we get started on Monday, July 4 is get a copy of the book, download the Workbook and head on over to my Facebook page and start following along. 

 

Now...read this and get ready to rumble!


HOW YOU CAN GET THE MOST OUT OF THE WORKBOOK

 I don’t know about you, but sometimes workbooks like this can feel more like a chore to finish than a life-giving set of activities to help me on my way.

This is NOT one of those books.

I’d love for you to see this as a menu of “add-ons” as you feast on the main meal of reading the book. 

I’m not sure what “toppings” you’ll feel like trying out from week to week – maybe you’re famished and craving a deep dive into it all, or you’re feeling like something on the lighter side.

 There is no wrong way to do this.

Pick what works for you. Leave what doesn’t.

 All I ask is that you’re open to trying something new. Get a taste for some of the activities and content, even if it’s your first time!

There are 5 sections to this workbook designed to cover Life’s Great Dare in 4-5 weeks. Of course, you can take it as fast or as slow as you’d like.

·      Week One: Chapters 1-4 (pgs. 1-50)

·      Week Two: Chapters 5-8 (pgs. 51-92)

·      Week Three: Chapters 9-11 (pgs. 93-128

·      Week Four: Chapters 12-15 (pgs. 129-157)

·      NOW WHAT?: Afterword: Love2Love (pgs. 159-160)

 Every week there will be 10 different activities you can use to make the most out of the book. This is your own journey to embracing life’s great dare and these activities are meant support you on your way!

Here are the 10 activities you’ll find in every part.

Reflection: There will be a summary thought, and a key idea to help focus on the section of the book you just read. 

 Study Questions: You’ve probably already noticed that there are questions related to every single chapter at the end of Life’s Great Dare. This section will pull out just a few of them to help you process the themes of the book and how it relates to your own life.

Scripture: While there is scripture throughout the book, this section will point you in the direction of a few other passages that connect with this section of the book.  This workbook isn’t a proper Bible Study Guide but feel free to spend time in these passages, consult commentaries & study yourself.

Contemplative Practice: Every week there will be a guiding thought/word/ or centering prayer. However, I’d love for you to check out this link to other beautiful and important practices. https://gravitycenter.com/practice/ These will support your desire to “risk it all for abundance.”

Song: I can’t wait to share some songs with you that help to set the mood and tone for the chapters you’ve read, introduce new ideas, and provide a musical backdrop for your week.

Quotes: The book is chalk full of quotes from brilliant writers, thinkers, and theologians, and I’ve got so many more! This section will include brand new ones not found in the book connected to the themes in the book. Oh ya, and there will be a free pretty printable for you with some other quotes from the chapter!

Dare Challenge: It’s time to get off the couch and DO something!  Every week there will be a challenge or two that moves you out of your comfort zone into your growth zone. Consider it the most “active homework” you’ll get!

 #SeekTheSweetToday: If you’re on Instagram, I’d love you to join others in this community by capturing the sweet moments of transformation by using the hashtag #SeekTheSweetToday . If you have absolutely no idea what this idea is about…read Chapter 13!

Thoughts & Expressions: I want to make sure you have room to jot down your thoughts, draw something, write a poem, whatever creative outlet seems to be appropriate on any given week.

 Prayer: For some, prayer is a new thing. The idea of expressing and listening to One greater than us is strange and even difficult. This section will have a short written prayer for you to use as a guide.

And don't forget, if you're in the Greater Toronto /Golden Horseshoe area, I'd love to see you at one of these events!

Shall we get started?

The fun starts July 4.