A new kind of Bible study…
After the success of her first two books, Heather Holleman received many requests to write a Bible study. And as a college English instructor, she wanted to make sure it really taught and didn’t simply inform. So she surveyed several women about what their dream study would look like, then got to work.
The result is Included in Christ, a narrative-driven study where you can bring your life before Scripture in the context of community. Together women will discern their personal shadow narratives—ways they are living outside of their identity in Christ—and then rewrite those narratives according to biblical truth.
This in-depth, 8-week study in Ephesians willequip women with six “signature stories” of God’s work in their lives—helping them combat exclusion, loneliness, weakness, decay, emptiness, and silence.
Designed to facilitate honest sharing and help you internalize biblical truth, Included in Christ will provide community and connectedness as well as spiritual nourishment. It will also guide you in how to share your story and the hope of Christ with someone who doesn’t yet know Him.
I can’t think of a better combination than a Bible study on Ephesians written by an English professor. Heather’s writing style is warm and relatable while delivering the timeless truths of Scripture for which we’re so desperate. If you’re longing to be chosen, filled, strengthened, and renewed, look no further than this study on Ephesians.
founder and Bible teacher at Cultivate Women’s Events
Author of All Things New, a study on 2 Corinthians
Heather does a masterful job of bringing the book of Ephesians to life and practice. With authenticity and wisdom, she highlights seven powerful verbs that refocused me on my identity in Christ. As a ministry leader, wife, parent, and friend, I am finding that, by reflecting on those life-giving verbs, I am regaining a renewed sense of His smile and delight.
Cru, US Leadership Development and HR
We all yearn deeply for value and significance. Heather winsomely guides us through Ephesians to our true identity—being included in Christ.
Former Cru staff and current therapist/owner at Crossroads Counseling, Ann Arbor, MI
A soul-searching, challenging, but affirming look into the book of Ephesians. Heather’s tender heart and transparency leads women to embrace their unique Savior Story in a clear, personal way.
C&MA Women’s Ministries, and Alliance Peacemaking
This is the Bible study I’ve been waiting for! Heather leads us to love grace more, to rest in the power of God’s Word, and to more freely and passionately follow our deeply personal Savior in the story He is writing with our lives.
Area Director of Cru in Tidewater, VA
Heather Holleman’s deep knowledge and application of Scripture, along with her memorable illustrations and use of contrasts, will propel you to a deepening and fulfilling relationship with Christ. You cannot complete this study without your heart and life being captivated and transformed!
Director of Women’s Ministry, Hunt Valley Church
Included in Christ is a fresh, applicable study for women. We all need to understand the significance of our “Savior Stories” and the toxicity of our “Shadow Narratives.” Heather’s expertise in the written word helps us to learn and remember His work on our behalf so that we can live in His story with victory.
Victoria Evans Peasley
Director of Women’s Ministries, Calvary Church of Valparaiso
Get ready for a fresh look at Paul’s powerful letter to the Ephesians. Be prepared to walk intimately with God along the way as He helps you see your own story from His perspective. You will love this study.
National speaker, talk radio host, and author of Your Powerful Prayers
Before I was even finished reading the introduction, I wanted to stand up and cheer! God's Word is so full and alive, and seeing these familiar words from Ephesians unpacked this way excites me!
Cru at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
With refreshing openness, Heather takes us through the book of Ephesians and skillfully guides us to identify the narratives that prevent us from experiencing who we are in Christ and to exchange them with our story of redemption. Included in Christ is a life-changing study for all who long to live in the fullness God designed.
Freelance writer, and photographer of No Matter What, It’s a Good Day When
A well-written study, like a good verb, can change a life. Each time I opened this beautiful book, I envisioned myself seated at a farm table interacting with Heather and Jesus, unpacking vivid verbs and journaling about what God was teaching me. I have been changed.
Kourtney Goerges Street
Director of Operations, Cru17
My heart, soul, and mind so needed the truths in this study of Ephesians. Included in Christ is for every woman who desires to get to the root of her calling and purpose. It’s Scripture-saturated, honest, soul-searching, beauty!
By Design podcast and blogger
Belonging and acceptance hold sacred space within many of our deepest longings and most painful stories. In Heather Holleman’s masterful work, we are invited into a creative and grace-filled journey toward a much sought-after place of rest, safety, grounding, and security. She has woven the gift of our stories, the power of imagery, and the elements of inductive Bible Study into a deep encounter with the metamorphic message in Ephesians that we are always and forever “included.”
Pastor of women and small groups, Cornerstone Church, Boulder, CO