“HeBrews: a Better Blend” Bible Study Release and Give-Away

HeBrews-Cover1-796x1024It’s been four years since my friend, Leah Adams, published her first Bible study – From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy. On July 1st, her second Bible study, HeBrews: A Better Blend will be released by Warner Press. I’m so excited to share this interview with Leah that highlights her new study as well as the author herself. Leah is a dear friend, and I am greatly looking forward to digging into God’s Word, utilizing her heart and pen as my guide.

Be sure an leave a comment with today’s post, and I will pick one winner to receive a copy of Leah’s new study!

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Leah, I may have readers who have not met you online. What would you like for my readers to know about you?

 
I am a North Georgia girl who loves Jesus—A LOT. I asked Jesus to come into my heart at the age of 15. Within a few years, I made some horrible moral choices that drew me away from Him. I spent the better part of my 20s walking far from Jesus, and God let me go my own way until I was sick of it. Then, just like the prodigal son’s father, God welcomed me back, and overwhelmed me with a desire for His Word and His presence. He made it clear that nothing I had done, no sin I had committed, changed how He felt about me. God loved me with a ridiculous love. He lavished grace on the heart of His daughter, and ultimately called me into ministry in 2007.

 
My passion is teaching God’s Word, and He allows me to do that through two avenues: speaking and writing. I have had the privilege of speaking to groups all across the United States. While my signature message is about the legacy we are leaving for the generations that come behind us, the ultimate message is always about the grace, love, acceptance, and mercy that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I love speaking to women of all ages, but my heartbeat is for women under 40 years of age. My hope is that the words God gives me encourage and challenge women to walk intimately with Jesus every single day they walk the dusty sod of earth. I want them to know that Jesus loves them more than they can imagine.

 
Another area of ministry that the Lord has assigned to my husband and me jointly is ministry to international students who are studying in the US. Over 750,000 students from other countries study in America every year, and the vast majority of them are never in an American home. What a missed opportunity for the church of Jesus Christ to show the love of Jesus to students who might, otherwise, never hear about Him! Greg and I regularly host international students in our home, and have developed close friendships with many of them. In fact, we have become ‘American parents’ to a delightful young woman from Australia. God brought Bree, Greg, and me together, and she is now very much a part of our family. We love her as if she were our own.

 
What occupies your free time? Hobbies, interests?

I love to read. Christian fiction and biographies are what can be found on my bookshelf, alongside lots of biblical commentaries, Bible translations, and cookbooks. I enjoy cooking, camping in our fifth wheel RV, and spending time with my husband and my girlfriends.

 

What are some items on your bucket list?

 
I would love to visit Australia, Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Grand Canyon. Speaking gigs in any of those places would make the trip that much sweeter! My husband is a golfer, and we would like to attend the Master’s golf tournament. I sponsor two girls in Tanzania through Compassion International, and visiting them one day is definitely on the list. I would like to write another Bible study, or ten, if the Lord gives me the words. As I said, I love to cook, and attending a weekend Southern Living cooking school would be great fun. A return visit to a hummingbird haven where many different types of hummingbirds are together in one place is on the list. I’m amazed at those little fliers.

 
untitled-65How did you develop an interest in writing and when did you begin writing seriously?

I have enjoyed writing and public speaking from my junior high school days. I always excelled in English, and term papers were never a drag for me. I know . . . I’m a geek.
My deep-end dive into writing came in 2002 when my Daddy was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. As he progressed through his chemo treatments, I would write a weekly email to family and friends who wanted to keep up with his progress. Each email would close with a few inspirational thoughts that usually included Scripture. After my Daddy graduated to heaven in late 2004, people began asking if I would write a weekly devotion and send it out via email. After a year or so of doing that, over 125 people were receiving each email, but unfortunately, my ISP was deleting the emails as spam. It was at that point that I made the jump to a blog format, where I now offer my writing.

 
When the Lord called me into ministry in late 2007, I needed something to speak about, and that something was the topic of legacy. For my first speaking engagement, I wrote a 15 minute message about the legacy we, as Christians, are leaving for the generations that come behind us. Eventually that message grew into an hour-long message, and ultimately became the foundation of my first Bible study, From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy, which was published in 2010.

 
What is the back story behind HeBrews? What was the impetus for you to write this book?

I began writing HeBrews: A Better Blend purely out of obedience to the Lord. Several years prior to writing the study, I had done a pretty intense self-study of the book of Hebrews. It was my hope that the Lord might allow me to write something out of that time of study, but I wasn’t sure. Perhaps it had just been for my edification. In 2012, I sensed the Lord giving me the go-ahead to write a Bible study from the book of Hebrews. I’ve learned that when God says do something, the best response is ‘Yes sir’. So, write I did. I had no intention of publishing HeBrews, thinking it would just be an act of obedience, and perhaps a study that my Tuesday morning small group would do. God had other plans. When I was about halfway through the writing, my friend, Brooke, introduced me to the wonderful woman who is now my Editor at Warner Press. One thing led to another and before I knew it, God had opened the door for HeBrews to be published. It was totally a God-thing, and I often tell Him that this is His doings, and the responsibility is on Him to place HeBrews into the hands of the people who need to read it.

 
Share with us a bit about your book.

 
HeBrews: A Better Blend is an eight-week Bible study that takes the student through the entire book of Hebrews. The Old Testament constructs that were so important to the Israelites, i.e. Old Testament tabernacle, priest, sacrifice, and covenant, are examined alongside the New Testament parallels that we find in Jesus. Jesus was the BETTER priest, administering a BETTER covenant, offering a BETTER sacrifice, and ultimately bringing us into a BETTER tabernacle.
There are five days of homework each week, and most days the student studies from both the Old and New Testaments. HeBrews: A Better Blend can be done by individuals, and in group settings. At the beginning of each week of study, I offer a dessert recipe taken from my collection, or from the collections of some of my friends and family. Dessert definitely makes Bible study richer. No pun intended!

 
Why should someone read HeBrews: A Better Blend? What does it offer them personally?

The study of Scripture, God’s Love Letter to humankind, is as important to me as taking my next breath. Without it, I would be right back in the ditch of sin that I crawled out of 20 years ago. HeBrews: A Better Blend offers the reader a guided study of the book of Hebrews, as well as opportunities to apply faith principles to their own life, and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.

 
How can my readers find you? Blog? Social media?

I would love to meet your readers. They can find me at my website and blog, The Point, at http://www.leahadams.org.

I am also on several social media platforms:

Facebook Ministry page

HeBrews Facebook page

Twitter

When and where will HeBrews: A Better Blend be available to the public?

The release date for the Bible study is July 1st. It should be available at major e-tailers, as well as Christian bookstores.

 

Any final thoughts you’d like to share with my readers?

 
I want to encourage your readers to fix their eyes on Jesus. My prayer is that they will raise their eyes above the horizon of their circumstances (good or bad), and look to Jesus for their strength and hope. He is everything we need. EVERYTHING! Developing an intimate relationship with Jesus will not happen accidently. It requires intentionality, perseverance, and lots of time allowing Scripture to speak to the heart. Once a heart gets a taste of walking in intimacy with Christ, there is no going back. I want that for your readers, because I know what a thrill it is to me.

28 Responses to “HeBrews: a Better Blend” Bible Study Release and Give-Away

  1. I am so blessed to read Leah’s testimony and how God has used her in ministering to people through her writings. Hebrews has so much that we believers need, and I am really looking forward to this new book!

    • I’ve never done an in-depth study of Hebrews, Nancy. I’m really looking forward to seeing what God has to say to me.

    • Melanie, this is all study!! It is a very in-depth study of Hebrews, and it takes you deep into both the Old and New Testaments. PLUS, there are dessert recipes included. What’s not to love….Jesus and dessert!!

  2. I LOVE Leah! I have never personally met her, but I feel like she is my next-door friend! She has prayed for me and family. Soooo excited that she has this study out! Would LOVE to win a copy of it and share with my Bible study girls!!!!

  3. The study sounds interesting. I’ve written a few and have found that short of self-publishing, it’s hard to do them. Love to see anyone writing about God’s Word! Prayers for a successful sharing of His salvation and for health for you my sweet friend Elaine.

    • Nick, thank you so much for your interest in the study. There will be other giveaways in addition to Elaine’s. I will be posting about them on the HeBrews Facebook page.

  4. I did Leah’s last study and am so excited about this one. I am going to hear here speak this Saturday at our church. Can’t wait. We are going to do her study but I would love to have a copy of her study to give to someone who can’t afford it. God Bless

    • Wish I was able to be in the audience, Ellie! She’s a great friend and as authentic as they come.

  5. I meet with a group of wonderful ladies on Thursday mornings to study the Word. Would love to do this study with them!

  6. Thank you for sharing this interview with us. Leah is my cousin and enjoyed your interview.

  7. When our Women’s Ministry relaunched (after a 1 year break) in January we were determined to do things differently. For years Women’s Ministry at our church has been done the same way and it has attracted the same people. The coffeehouse theme of this study looks like it would appeal to millennials which is exactly what we are looking for. I also like that it is small group driven rather than DVD driven. As a ministry team we feel like the DVD videos that the women love are becoming too much of a crutch. That they may be stunting the growth of spiritual leaders and teachers.
    I would love to win a copy of this study for our ministry team to review. We are beginning to select curriculum for our fall bible study offerings and this study looks like it would be a wonderful fit.

    What was your favorite part about writing the study?
    What did you learn during the writing process that you didn’t learn in your initial, personal study of Hebrews?
    Are you available to do speaking engagements or to Skype with a women’s bible study class that has completed your study?

    I will be praying for the launch of your study. That women will be drawn into the Word and convicted to live out what they learn.

    Grace & Peace,
    Amanda Geaney
    Cherished Women at First
    Social Media/Book Club Coordinator
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/iStudyScripture
    Ministry blog: http://cherishedconnections.wordpress.com
    book review blog: http://christianshelfesteem.wordpress.com

    • Amanda, sorry to be so long in responding to your comment. Launch week was super busy for me. I am honored you would consider HeBrews for your ladies’ Bible study groups.

      My favorite part of writing the study was spending so much time comparing and contrasting the Old and New Covenants, and seeing how Jesus was the completion, and really, the icing on the cake, as it were, of all God began in the Old Testament. I also loved the feeling of knowing I was doing exactly what God called me to do.

      What I learned from the writing process was not really something new, but just a reminder of how beautifully consistent the entire Word is. It all points toward Jesus.

      Finally, yes, I am available for speaking engagements or Skype sessions. Please check out my website for more information. leahadams.org

  8. One of the most challenging and fantastic bible studies I have completed in the past few years has been over the book of Hebrews. I think its probably my favorite book in the New Testament. I love how it ties everything together, the history of the Old and the Mystery of the new! Then you add in coffee and dessert?!? How could I resist such a study?!

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