Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review: Restless: Because You Were Made for More, DVD and Book by Jennie Allen

Review: Restless: Because You Were Made for More, DVD and Book
Jennie Allen
Thomas Nelson

This review is for the DVD first and then the book.  It is a quality production DVD---well staged, lit, and recorded.   The price for the entire kit is reasonable and includes the DVD, study guide, leaders guide, and a discussion card set according to the information on a retail site.  

Allen is a vibrant and intense leader who seems genuinely passionate about what she is teaching.  This is a study with more practical application than many I have viewed.  A call to step up into a more committed and satisfying live.  Her illustrations and examples fit wonderfully with real life in today’s world, and they are not as gender specific as some studies which means that a guy could watch this and not feel left out.    

The last session seemed the weakest of those presented, but does close the study.  The success or failure of this study rests more with the participant than the presenter, I think.  So if you are ready to give that restless ache up, this might be a good place to begin. 

I do recommend this study based on what I saw in the DVD.  And since this DVD did not come with a study guide, I may order one just to see if it is useful to accomplishing the goal of this study and then bring to some folks I know.

This book, published in 2013 by Word Publishing an imprint of Thomas Nelson, is the companion to the DVD by the same name I reviewed earlier.  In this Allen expands her discussion of finding the place and dream that is unique to each individual—the place where all the pieces fit together as it becomes a place of satisfaction.  

After the introduction, the work begins in earnest.  If this program is followed the reader should gain some insight into a fuller life.  She points out early that the results are not guaranteed.  After reading through this I would say that the results depend on some honest work from the individual.  Fear to look into some of the questions will short circuit the process.  Yes, tissues will probably be needed.  

Each step is discussed, illustrated and then the reader is encouraged to work through some probing questions, the hard stuff we generally shove to the back.  The intent is to find a pattern, not to wallow in maudlin self-examination.   Allen reminds the reader that this study is meant for a short time of examination and then use the results to move forward.  The study is not designed for a solo flight.  Support during the process seems essential and necessary to obtain the most clear and accurate picture possible.  

So, for those that are restless and sensing it is time to do something about that, this is one study may be just what you need.  Check it out and decide.

This book and DVD were provided by the publisher for review.

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