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LAST DAY to Enter to Win the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible + 15 Other (Fabulous!) Books


I know a lot of us are trying to figure out our fall and spring women’s studies and I hope it’s not too “self-promotey” to mention my own video series, but honestly? I don’t receive any advertising from the PCA Bookstore or Westminster Books or Peacemakers or, well, anyone … so I’m hoping to generate a teeny tiny little e-social-media-buzz by asking you if you might pretty please TELL SOMEONE that this video series exists:

The Peacemaking Church Women’s Study: Living the Gospel in Relationships

… and please let them know that it is being used widely in both Reformed churches and “broadly evangelical” Christian churches because the creators of the series wisely forced me to not be lazy and use a bunch o’ Reformed lingo, but instead, explain the biblical teachings behind the doctrines of grace.

That means that if your church and women’s ministry likes to self-identify as “Reformed,” I have every hope and confidence that you will approve and enjoy this series! OR … if your church does not like the “Reformed” moniker, but prefers to use words like “biblical” and “doctrines of grace,” I am similarly hopeful and confident that you will like it too!

(That being said … if you’re interested neither in the Word of God nor the glory of God as revealed in Christ, this series is really, really not for you.)

A number of people that we respect and trust have endorsed it, including:

  • Ed Welch: “Here is a one-stop guide for relationships. It is filled with Scripture. It will point you to Jesus at every opportunity. It is very practical … “
  • Elyse Fitzpatrick: “It’s with overwhelming joy that I can highly recommend Living the Gospel in Relationships by Tara Barthel. I am recommending these teaching sessions not only because they beautifully avoid the moralistic strategies so common in our me-centered churches but because she connects our struggle for peace to the only source of peace, the one who is called the Prince of Peace.”
  • Thabiti Anyabwile: “I love women’s material that doesn’t shy away from sound theological categories … I’m thankful for material I can recommend to women, material that does not shy away from good biblical truth.”
  • Colin Smith: “Tara Barthel speaks lovingly and candidly to women about what it means to live out the gospel day by day in their relationships. Looking at Scripture, she points out how many women look to the law without fully grasping what Christ has done for them in the cross, and is doing in them by the Spirit …”

And I regularly hear from women around the world, young and old, married/single/widowed who are grateful for the way the series has helped them to believe the Word of God and live out what they believe, especially in their relationships.

So would you PRETTY PLEASE consider letting someone, ANYONE, know about this series? And then please leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm, September 1, 2014 letting me you know you have told someone (anyone!), and I will totally take you at your word and enter you in our family’s drawing for over $100 in (biblical! Christ-centered!) resources that I truly hope will be of help and encouragement to you, especially as you plan your women’s ministry year:

  1. The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible (I reviewed this brand-new resource here and I strongly recommend it!)
  2. Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness & Rejection (Ed Welch)
  3. Jesus on Every Page: Ten Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament (David Murray)
  4. The Path of Loneliness: Finding Your Way through the Wilderness to God  (Elisabeth Elliot)
  5. Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future (Tim Elmore)
  6. Joshua: All God’s Good Promises (Kathleen Buswell Nielson—if your church has not yet discovered her studies, you really really should! Get her study way, way before anything I’ve written. Phenomenal!)
  7. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson)
  8. Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes (Zack Eswine)
  9. Picture Perfect: When Life Doesn’t Line Up (Amy Baker)
  10. Redeeming Church Conflicts (Barthel & Edling—because we never have conflicts in our women’s groups and studies, right? 😉 ! )
  11. Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary (Amy Byrd)
  12. Leadership for Women in the Church (this is the only book that is used/a library version—by Susan Hunt and Peggy Hutcheson)
  13. The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs (Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert)
  14. United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (Trillia Newbell)
  15. Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture (Trevin Wax)
  16.  Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image (Hannah Anderson)

Thanks so much for your help! I look forward to hearing about how you mentioned this vidoe series. (Maybe a quick call or text to a church leader? A tweet or Facebook post or blog entry? Or maybe even wrote a quick note to the PCA Bookstore or Westminster Books or Peacemakers letting them know how the series has blessed your women and how you would love to see them promote it more?)

Please know how much I appreciate your help to get the word out. Oh, how I pray that God will be glorified and His people built up in Christ! And yes, honestly, our family could use the financial help too, especially with some scary big medical bills screaming in my face right now. (I need to get some specific medical things taken care of, but I am postponing it simply because of finances.)

Thanks, all.

Your friend,
Tara B.

**FREE SHIPPING when you order the complete series from our family!**

I am re-posting this one last time because today is the final day to enter to win. Thanks so much for letting people know about the video series. It’s been a great month for sales and, Lord willing, the resources will be a blessing to women, their workplaces, families, churches, and communities. Thanks again! — tkb

If you enter this drawing, please be sure to check by after September 1 to see if you’ve won and if so, please make sure I have your contact information. Once I post the winner, you will have one week to claim the prize or else I will have RandomNumberGenerator select a new winner.

  1. RachelRachel08-25-2014

    Shared it on my facebook. 🙂

  2. Katharine WhiteKatharine White08-25-2014

    Shared on facebook

  3. Robin A. GreinerRobin A. Greiner08-27-2014

    Shared on my Facebook page! And I’ve told lots of people about this in the past, after doing the study in our group! God bless!

  4. Christine StrandChristine Strand08-27-2014

    What an awesome set of study material. Shared on Facebook

  5. BeckyBecky08-28-2014

    A friend put out a Facebook plea for a good women’s study and I was happy to recommend your video series (even before I knew about this awesome giveaway!). Our ladies group enjoyed the material so much in our weekend retreat a couple of years ago. When can we expect another study from you?

  6. Laurie evansLaurie evans08-28-2014

    Shared on Facebook. Also spreading the word via mouth to people. Cant wait to be at the conference. I want to learn more about peacemaking. Thanks Tara for all you do

  7. John Mark PatrickJohn Mark Patrick08-28-2014

    Shared on facebook

  8. C D MimsC D Mims08-28-2014

    Shared on facebook.
    Enjoyed hearing you speak at Mitchell Road’s women’s conference a few years ago. Still reaping the benefits of that weekend in the ice and snow.

  9. Teresa HafenTeresa Hafen08-30-2014

    I shared with a friend who is the women’s ministry leader in her church. I hope they decide to use your great stuff! Who wouldn’t benefit??

  10. Michelle G.Michelle G.08-30-2014

    Facebook and Twitter!

  11. VikkiVikki09-01-2014

    Shared the info on FB. Thank you so much!

  12. BeckyBecky09-01-2014

    I was so blessed when you spoke at our women’s retreat in Fort Worth 2 years ago. I’m happy to share your materials and hope to get more of them myself!

  13. ShannonShannon09-01-2014

    Word of mouth at my church and at my place of employment.

  14. Becky SauerBecky Sauer09-01-2014

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  15. Jackie KenneyJackie Kenney09-01-2014

    Shared on facebook

  16. Jennifer LedfordJennifer Ledford09-01-2014

    Shared on facebook 🙂

  17. MadeleineMadeleine09-02-2014

    Shared by word of mouth and will talk to the pastor about it tomorrow night at church as well! I’ll be praying for your family’s medical finances!