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I Am Found by Laura Dingman {Bible Study for Women} with #Giveaway

September 9
by Laura Dingman
Published by Moody Publishers, Sidedoor Genres: bible study, just for women

I ashamedly admit that it’s been awhile since I did an indepth Bible study.  Most days I read a few verses, say a quick prayer and go on.  That’s not how it used to be. When my two older kiddos (now 17 and 19) were young children, I would wake up before them, sit on the couch or on the front porch, and read my Bible and work my way through a Bible study.  I enjoyed that time. I even craved that time if I missed a morning.  Somehow I lost that.

Maybe it’s because I got too busy with life. Maybe it’s because I had a third child who brought along with him a fatiguing pregnancy and demanding needs as a toddler.  He is starting to learn some independence so I see myself finding a few spare moments to spend in an in-depth Bible study.

I recently received two in-depth Bible Studies (in exchange for my honest review of any portion of the studies).  While I haven’t had time to work my way through both studies, I did work through a portion of each.  It was so refreshing spending all that time in God’s Word {again}, hearing Him speak to me.

I’m not a fan of Bible studies that push their own commentary on you. Thankfully these studies weren’t like that. Both studies provided Scripture for you to read, questions for you to answer using God’s Word as your reference and plenty of prayer prompts.

I am looking forward to finishing both studies. Between the two of them, I will be deep in God’s Word for at least 16 weeks.  I do hope they come out with some more of these bible studies for women. In another 3-4 months I will be ready for another one!

You can read more about the first Bible study below and the second Bible study here.  There is also a giveaway for the two Bible studies further below.


I Am Found by Laura Dingman {Bible Study for Women} with #Giveaway

About the Book

Do you struggle with shame? Perhaps it stems from poor choices you’ve made in life or maybe just an overwhelming sense that you’re not truly loved. Do you try and hide your true self from God, thinking that He’s not interested in someone like you? Are you longing to be free from fear and shame and live with an overwhelming confidence of who you are in Jesus Christ?

“Fear shackles shame,” says Laura Dingman, author of the new Bible study, I Am Found (Moody Publishers, July 2016). “Fear shines a spotlight on shame, saying “Dance!” All of us long to be fully known. To be told we have value. To be loved as we are. We fear it will never happen. So we parade around, silently begging for the approval of others while we do our song and dance, all the while fearing we will never be known, valued, and loved at all.”

In this debut title in Moody Publishers’ new Bible study line for women, Dingman, a Bible teacher and creative arts director at a large Indianapolis church, leads women through a 6-week Bible study focused on helping them discover their true identity in Christ, experience freedom from shame and fear, and understand what it means to live in awe of God.

Endorsed by the likes of Carol Kent, Jonathan Merritt, Cheri Lowe, and Jen Ferguson, I Am Found is designed for small groups as well as individual study. Each week is broken into six daily studies, with five including Scripture passages, teaching from Dingman, and a prayer related to the study. The sixth day focuses on a truth (what God’s Word teaches), a lie (name the lies we’ve believed and reclaim them with new truths), and action steps (to help you name your shame and come out of hiding). “Shame is ingrained in our thinking,” says Dingman. “We have carried it our entire lives. In order to begin thinking differently, we must spend some time redirecting our thoughts. This new thinking requires that we replace the lies with truth and take action.”

Throughout the study, Dingman guides women as they learn about the origination of shame, why we’re all hiding, what God has to say about it, and how we can win the war against shame. She also looks at the importance of choosing spiritual friendships and what that looks like, the truth about our identity and belonging, and why even when we hide, God searches for us for as long as it takes.

“You can’t escape God,” says Dingman. “You can’t outrun Him, because He never relents. You can’t choose anything so out of bounds He will not follow you there, because He fiercely pursues you. Remember, God is for you. He is good and has good things in mind for you. Even when trouble comes your way or worse yet, you choose it, He works it for your good.”

About the Author

Laura Dingman spends most of her time creating and leading worship experiences that help connect people with the story of God. She has served in vocational ministry as the Creative Arts Director at The Creek, a large church in Indianapolis, for over a decade.

She loves to show people where their story intersects with God’s story. She enjoys belting Broadway, laughing hysterically, reading great books, and living life with her favorite two people in the whole world, her husband, Matt, and her spunky daughter, Abigail. She is the author of Life Rhythms: Learning to Live in God-Centered Time and I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God and Others.

You can learn more about her journey and connect with her at www.lauradingman.com.


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  • Reply
    Amy Hagerup
    September 12 at 5:50 pm

    What a great topic for a Bible Studay: I am Found! That really makes me stop and reflect on belonging to the Lord Jesus. Thanks so much.

  • Reply
    September 12 at 6:24 pm

    “A-mazing grace, how sweet the sound” – that’s what this reminds me of 🙂

  • Reply
    September 13 at 6:22 am

    Great topic and much needed

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    Christina Sparks
    September 13 at 8:41 am

    I enjoy reading my Bible outside on my porch, I can hear the birds, and watch them and the rabbits and occasionally the wild horses come by.

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    Jen V.
    September 13 at 2:42 pm

    My favorite time of day for Bible study is at 8 after my youngest gets on the school bus. With my husband at work and both my daughters at school, the house is quiet and it is the perfect time to settle down and read my Bible. I usually do my Bible study at the kitchen table with some breakfast or at my desk.

  • Reply
    September 13 at 5:34 pm

    I think so many of us should do a study like this. Thank you so much ch for your encouraging words!

  • Reply
    September 13 at 8:39 pm

    These sound like great Bible studies. I, like you, don’t like ones with a lot of commentary.

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