Stephanie Shott’s new book-“Understanding What Matters Most”

Please meet my friend Stepanie who has just written an incredible, all powerful book on an intriguing book of the Bible; Ecclesiastes. You will fall in love with her and her writing, as your journey together through this great study.

Stephanie is a gifted and passionate Bible teacher, speaker and author who inspires women to become who they were created to be in every area and season of their lives. Stephanie’s transparent, practical – often funny and always biblical messages present real life solutions to real life circumstances.

As the result of a rape, a decade of child abuse and years of wandering in the wilderness of foolish choices, Stephanie loves to tell the story of God’s redeeming grace. Women’s ministry leaders trust Stephanie to inspire women to let God make beauty out of their own ashes, to call Christians to stand strong, live intentionally and believe God, and to challenge mothers to mentor other mothers.

Stephanie is the author of a new women’s Bible study on Ecclesiastes entitled, Understanding What Matters Most. She also writes with a team of gifted women at ScriptureDig.com, an internet site dedicated to helping women know and grow in the Word of the Living God. She is also part of a ministry team called Speaker Chicks. Led by Kathi Lipp, Speaker Chicks is a team of qualified speakers who minister to hearts of women by ministering to those who lead them.

Tell us about your new Bible study and what you hope readers will get out of doing this  study.

We all want to know our lives count. And in our Christian conversations we talk a lot about living for eternity and having an eternal perspective, yet if we are honest, we often live as if this life is all there is.

Eternity is real and it awaits each one of us. There are no escape clauses.

Understanding What Matters Most is a six week study through the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s a journey that gives the reader an opportunity to personally sift the gamut of real life experiences and define their lives by what matters most. There are questions designed to examine the heart and inspire application.

Although many avoid Ecclesiastes, it is chock-full of wisdom – not only for Solomon, but for each of us.  However, there are three overriding lessons I pray that each reader will walk away with. 

***1. We all long to define our existence with significance, yet the only way to truly do that is to make our eternity intentional. It’s a minute by minute choice of the will to filter the way we respond to life through the lens of eternity. I pray that Understanding What Matters Most will equip each reader with the necessary tools to do just that. We’re all looking for answers, and Ecclesiastes really helps us understand how to make decisions and deal with our circumstances based on what is and what is not important in light of eternity.

 ***2. The study of Ecclesiastes is certainly not for sissies! It deals with real issues and real life circumstances. I hope that readers will grasp the concept of eternity and the reality of our ultimate day of reckoning; I pray the truth of that reality will help them live each day in light of THAT day.

 ***3. A more subtle but profound lesson we can learn from this study is to see the grace of God at work in Solomon’s life and understand that same grace is available to us. Solomon was the wisest man to walk the planet, yet he blew it big time! Solomon’s life is proof that wisdom doesn’t always equal perfection! The beautiful truth is that God still used Solomon, even after he failed. I hope readers never forget that God is so much bigger than our failure – that His love for us transcends our ability to mess things up – that as long as we have breath, He still has a plan for our lives and the days we are given under the sun.

 How did God lay this book on your heart to write?

When I began writing Understanding What Matters Most, I didn’t begin in hopes of publishing a book. Understanding What Matters Most was birthed from my own place of need. It was during a time when God had called us to the mission field and my 19 year old son didn’t feel led to go. My maternal heart began to wrestle with the details of the call. I didn’t have a problem with the going…it was the leaving that gripped my heart and clouded my view. Who was going to take care of him if something went wrong? What if he got hurt? What about our parents? I was trying desperately to make sense of that which didn’t make sense at all.

 That’s when the Lord gently led me to Ecclesiastes and gave me a bird’s-eye view of Solomon’s own attempts to make sense of the details of his life. After he ran the gamut of life experiences, he understood what matters most. I knew I needed that kind of clarity. Not only for the circumstances surrounding our call to the mission field, but to help me walk through life with the imprint of eternity on my heart. My study of Ecclesiastes gave me the tools I needed to filter the essential from the non-essential in light of eternity. When God put it on my heart to send it to a publisher and they said yes, that’s when I knew He wanted to use it for more than just notes for a conference.

 Who would you say would benefit from your book?

It’s primarily a Bible study for women. However, since I’m a veteran homeschool mom who remembers how hard it was to find a good Bible study for my children, I would also like to encourage homeschool moms to use it as a study for their high school students. What a great opportunity to walk through Ecclesiastes as they sit at Solomon’s feet and get a clear picture of how empty the pursuits of this life can be and how important it to live each day with eternity in view!

 Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you or how they can book you to speak at their next event?  

 http://www.stephanieshott.com 

Where can we find your Bible study?

http://tinyurl.com/6j9vqby (Amazon)

http://tinyurl.com/6cj2elt (Christianbook.com)

http://tinyurl.com/63obfhr (Barnes and Noble)

http://tinyurl.com/3kxhgql (Booksamillion.com)

Contact information:

Website – http://www.stephanieshott.com

Phone – 904-343-7400

Email – stephanieshott@me.com

Stephanie Shott

Phil 3:7-14

Leading Women to Know Christ is Real in Real Life

Email: stephanieshott@me.com

Phone: 904 343 7400

Website: www.stephanieshott.com

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