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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
It's pretty impressive that author Kristi Burchfiel could have packed so much into Piecing Together Forgiveness: A Study of Philemon, considering that the book of Philemon is only 25 verses. An otherwise easily overlooked book of the Bible, it is full of lessons about asking forgiveness, giving forgiveness, indirect forgiveness and teaching forgiveness. Burchfiel has a gift for making scripture easy to understand and relate to our personal lives. This Bible study contains six sections, each representing the perspective of a figure in the book of Philemon: Paul, Onesimus, Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and God. Each session explains which verses to read, provides an introduction, and allows the participant to fill in answers to pertinent questions presented about that session's reading.
One of the many thought-provoking questions presented is who makes the decision regarding whether to obey, why a person would follow the command or appeal to obey, and what role love plays in the appeal or command. At the end of Kristi Burchfiel's Piecing Together Forgiveness: A Study of Philemon is a chapter on "How to Become a Christian," walking the reader through how we are all sinners, that the wages of sin is death, and how God paid the penalty for our sins on our behalf through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. It's important that all people understand that, despite our being sinners, God has provided a way for us to be saved through Jesus. This is a wonderful Bible study.