InScribed is a collection of studies by women inspired by Proverbs 3:3

“Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth... meditate on them so they are written upon your heart.” (The Voice)
Who Can Use InScribed
The InScribed Collection is for anyone with a passion for God. Each title touches on a subject matter unique to the needs and issues that women face everyday. Whether used individually, in small accountability groups, or in larger discussion groups, readers will be challenged to engage their entire person in the study and can expect life change.

Book collection

  • Inseparable

    Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ

    By: Ashley Linne

    As women, we are constantly on a search for self-worth. In today’s world, it can be easy to measure our significance by what we do for others rather than out of a deep-rooted sense of identity.

    Based on the book of Romans, Inseparable aims to give an overview of our identity in Christ from the grand narrative of Scripture as a whole. Throughout the book, guided Bible study sections will lead readers to discover truths in Scripture for themselves and challenge them to apply those truths to their everyday thought processes and choices. Readers are encouraged to look to Christ for approval,

    identity, and significance rather than themselves or the world around them. Readers will be enabled to live confidently and securely in today’s culture, ready to face life’s challenges with strength and courage.

    “A lovely, dazzling gem of a book. Written in a singular voice that speaks directly to the soul, Ashley Linne shows how to read the Scripture with a gentleness and gentility that will take the breath away from both the beginner and the scholar. This is a book for which one might be grateful on that proverbial desert island everyone asks about.”—Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, chief contributor to


    About the author Ashley Linne

    Ashley Linne  

    Ashley Linne is a wife and mom who loves to write, sing, and travel. She is passionate about discipleship, mentoring, and sexual abuse prevention. She has been leading small group Bible studies for over 15 years and cut her ministry teeth as a collegiate campus minister in her home state of New Mexico. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in Greek, a Master of Arts in Family Life Education from the Oxford Graduate School, and studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ashley lives with her husband and son in Bellingham, WA.

  • Barren Among the Fruitful

    Navigating through Infertility with Hope, Wisdom, and Patience

    By: Amanda Hope Haley

    The problem of infertility has reached epidemic levels in our society. It is projected that 40% of women currently 25 and younger will have difficulty conceiving a child or reaching a live birth.

    Amanda Hope Haley had married David, the man of her dreams, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard. She and David purchased their first home and settled down to start a family. All her hopes and dreams were coming true according to plan—until the family didn’t happen.

    After spending seven years begging God for a child, Amanda discovered that God gives only one hope: Jesus. Amanda having a baby wasn’t to be her happy ending. Finding wholeness by hoping only in God was her happy ending.

    Using Amanda’s personal stories, and the stories of other women who have struggled to have children, Barren Among the Fruitful surrounds those women struggling with infertility or miscarriage with a sense of community while providing honest facts. It leads women from confusion to understanding. Each chapter is titled with a well-meaning, but sometimes thoughtless comments Amanda was offered during her seven-year struggle with infertility.


    About the author Amanda Hope Haley

    Amanda Hope Haley  

    Amanda Hope Haley is a servant with a smile for everyone and a love for people. She enjoys leading small group studies in her home and serving however she can in her church. Amanda loves cooking, crafting, and party planning, and she enjoys traveling to new places and spoiling her godsons, Elijah and Jack. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Rhodes College and a Master of Theological Studies degree in Hebrew Scripture and Interpretation from Harvard University. She contributed to The Voice Bible Translation as a writer and editor, and she has been an editor and curricula ghostwriter for popular Christian authors. Today she maintains a blog, “Healthy and Hopeful,” where she encourages women to live whole lives in community with God, family, and each other. Amanda and her husband David recently moved to Denver, Colorado, and look forward to new friends and new adventures out West.

  • Amazed and Confused

    When God's actions collide with expectations

    By: Heather Zempel

    Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.

    When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront.

    Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him. God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises?

    Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.

    Features include:

    • Helpful guidance on a question without an easy answer
    • Practical tools for studying the Minor Prophets
    • Easy-to-understand, accessible language

    About the author Heather Zempel

    Heather Zempel  

    Heather Zempel is the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team. Having obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological engineering from Louisiana State University, Heather worked as an environmental engineer and as a policy consultant on energy and environment in the United States Senate before coming on staff at National Community Church. Using her educational background, she now can be found cultivating environments that foster spiritual growth. Heather lives on Capitol Hill where she can be found searching out the best barbeque joints, watching college football, and enjoying theater with her husband Ryan. Heather is the author of Sacred Roads and Community is Messy.

  • Just RISE UP!

    A Call to Make Jesus Famous

    By: Sarah Francis Martin

    It is common to look at our faith as something that just “is”. It’s not strong, nor is it weak; it’s simply a part of us. But faith is something we desire to strengthen. It is a vital relationship with our Lord that should be nurtured, celebrated, and shouted from the rooftops as the most incredible gift we will ever receive.

    Just RISE UP! is a call to do just that. This invigorating study motivates women to do life differently by making Jesus famous in all aspects of life.

    Many have the itch to make a difference with their lives but don’t know how. By living a life of praise, with a humble posture and a Kingdom perspective, women will step into their life purpose. With Just RISE UP! readers will evaluate their present stance before the Lord and become excited to RISE UP! and take their place in the Kingdom to make the name of Jesus renowned.


    About the author Sarah Francis Martin

    Sarah Francis Martin  

    Sarah Francis Martin has a passion to do life and ministry with women. By coupling real, raw and relevant life examples with Biblical truth, Sarah encourages women to RISE UP! and make Jesus famous in every area of life. Sarah is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Charles Colson’s Centurions discipleship program, a year-long intense study of biblical worldview. You can read more from Sarah in her first book Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama. A Texas girl at heart, Sarah now lives with her family in North Carolina where she is a women’s discipleship leader at Grace Church Southern Pines. When she is not typing away at her laptop, Sarah loves to rough house with her young son, go on date nights with her husband and get her hands messy with craft paint.

  • Living “So That”

    Making faith-filled choices in the midst of a messy life

    By: Wendy Blight

    In today’s world, it’s tough to make everyday decisions, let alone decisions that honor God. Our culture is increasingly driven by selfish desires. However, as Christians, our lives should not be self-centered and static; they should be others-centered and active, making a difference for the Kingdom of God. Living “So That” is a fresh approach to understanding God’s Word, focusing on many of the powerful “so that” verses in Scripture, including Jesus Came So That…; God Spoke So That…; Pray So That…; Trials Come So That…

    Through her approachable style, personal examples, and biblical teaching, Wendy equips readers to take what they study in the Word of God and practically live it out in order to impact the world around them. The result is a renewed appreciation for the power and applicability of Scripture. Through practical examples and biblical truths, Wendy helps readers gain a new perspective on daily living, equipping them to apply these biblical truths to present-day decision-making.

    Features include:

    • “Going Deeper” sections encourage readers to dig further into the truths presented
    • “Call to Action” sections challenge readers to take practical steps to apply what they have learned
    • Helpful tips and tools for practicing active faith

    About the author Wendy Blight

    Wendy Blight  

    Wendy Blight is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, a Bible teacher, an attorney, and author of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s story. She has been a featured guest on Oprah Radio, the 700 Club, Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman. Wendy most enjoys helping women, through Bible study, gain confidence so that they can tackle any problem life presents through God’s Word. Wendy’s favorite place to be is at home in Charlotte, North Carolina writing and enjoying life with her husband, Monty, and her two children, Lauren and Bo.

  • Dive Deeper

    Finding deep faith beyond shallow religion

    By: Jenifer Jernigan

    Equip yourself to fall deeply in love with God’s Word through this unique, interactive Bible study. Delving into the book of Ephesians, Dive Deeper is a tool for women—those who might be satisfied and content with their Bible study and for those who find themselves fearful or numb—to d.i.v.e.(define, investigate, visualize, embrace) deeper into the living and active Word of God.

    Dive Deeper comes from Jenifer Jernigan’s heart. As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up with some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Jenifer found herself becoming numb to the things of God because the Bible stories were all too familiar. She longed to break through the serene surface of her safe place and d.i.v.e. deeper into scripture.

    She wanted to fall in love with the stories she knew so well. Over time, Jenifer learned to do just that. Her unique Bible study method is shared in this one-of-a-kind study. Dive Deeper takes readers by the hand and jumps with them into the exhilarating waters of Bible study.

    Features include:

    • Personal, easy-to-understand language
    • Helpful tips for Bible study beginners
    • Useful tools to encourage familiarity of the Bible, its contents, and study helps
    • Scripture from the book of Ephesians

    About the author Jenifer Jernigan

    Jenifer Jernigan  

    Jenifer Jernigan is an author, speaker, wife and mom of 3 whose past would spill over into her present if it weren’t for the healing power of God’s Word. As a pastor’s kid, Jenifer grew up knowing the traditions and lingo of the church. In her early teens she turned her back on God, falling deep into years of rebellion, loss, shame, and heartache. But, in her early twenties, she surrendered to God’s call to return back to Him. Now, as founder of Diving Deeper Ministries, her passion is to challenge individuals to move beyond surface religion into the depths of relationship with Jesus by equipping them to d.i.v.e. (define~investigate~visualize~embrace) head first into the Scriptures. Jenifer’s first book Dive Deeper is part of Thomas Nelson’s Inscribed Studies collection.

  • Leaving Ordinary

    Encounter God through extraordinary prayer

    By: Donna Gaines

    The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and be known by God.  God longs for an intimate relationship with us as well.  But how do we develop that kind of relationship with a holy God? It is one thing to long for such a relationship, but quite another to experience intimacy with Him. In Leaving Ordinary, Donna Gaines shares from her personal experience how prayer can become the channel that links the believer’s heart to the heart of God. God gave the pattern of the tabernacle to the Israelites. It was a temporary and portable dwelling for His glory.

    Through it God taught them how to approach and worship Him before He led them to their reward—the promised land. Using the tabernacle and its articles as a guide, Donna teaches readers how to interact with God in that secret place of true intimacy that leads to worship. Your ordinary daily practice of prayer can become an extraordinary encounter with the living Lord. Leaving Ordinary is essential reading for anyone who desires to enter into and experience the reality of God’s presence.

    As you read you will:

    • Explore the tabernacle and discover how it can be a guide for prayer today.
    • Learn how to gain a stronger, more intimate relationship with God.
    • Develop your own personal prayer testimony as you experience His presence.

    About the author Donna Gaines

    Donna Gaines  

    Donna Gaines - A surrendered life. A hungry heart. Years ago, Donna discovered the transforming power these two ingredients brought to her own life. Now as a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and disciple maker, she passionately communicates the truth of God’s Word to  women and challenges them to live out their high call in Christ Jesus. Embracing God’s missional calling on her life, Donna mobilizes women to practically live out the global implications of their faith through both inner city and international efforts. The author of two books, There’s Gotta Be More and Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ, Donna is also the editor of A Daily Women’s Devotional. She is married to Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church. Known as “Mom” to her son and three daughters and “Nonna” to her six grandchildren, Donna enjoys Memphis bar-b-que, Alabama football, and anything that you can douse with salsa.


  • I soon came to realize that God’s Word & prayer were nonnegotiable. Without them the Christian life is impossible! #InScribedStudies

  • Faith-less choices occur when we react out of emotion, doing what comes naturally #InScribedStudies

  • We want God to work according to our expectations, but he works according to his purposes #InScribedStudies

  • Our capacity to love & in turn forgive others, is based upon our understanding of how much God has forgiven us #InScribedStudies

  • We are all made exactly alike, but with infinite differences #InScribedStudies


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About the InScribed Collection
Each of the books within the InScribed Collection take on real-life matters from the perspective of Scripture. Just as in real life, the InScribed studies are at times uncomfortable but always appropriate, helping to bring understanding and healing. They all have common elements ranging from personal reflections, biblical illustrations and principles, study helps, reflective questions for application and comprehension, along with suggested tasks, projects, or additional studies for the reader and concluding with discussion.

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What others are saying

The InScribed study emphasizes community, fellowship, honesty, and transparency and is sure to heal hearts and minds as readers experience the transformative power of the Holy Spirit—together. There’s a difference between attending church and engaging God’s Word authentically, and I’m excited to see how this collection will take women to new heights of discovery on their walks with God.

Allison J. Althoff | Online Editor, Today’s Christian Woman


Heather Zempel is one of the best communicators I know. She will challenge your assumptions and enlarge your view of God. She’ll also help you grapple with some of life’s most difficult questions. By the time you reach the end of the book, you’ll have a more profound appreciation for the God who is both amazing and confusing.

Mark Batterson | New York Times Bestselling Author and Lead Pastor of National Community Church


Not only do I enjoy Wendy's insightful and inspirational teaching, but I really enjoy how this Bible study is tucked within a book format. This "so that" message will help us believe God more fully and live out his truths more intentionally.

Lysa TerKeurst | New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries


It's not often that you come across books that have the depth of a Bible study but the appeal of a shorter, lighter topical or biblical study grafted into the pages. Thomas Nelson's new InScribed collection not only has the depth of topics women identify with and biblical study that you find in popular bestselling books but it's not a heavy reference study. You won't get lost in the study—there is breathing room to read and study at your own pace. I wholeheartedly recommend this bold, refreshing new way to combine your love of scripture and your heartbeat for story.

Blythe Daniel | President, The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. | Literary Agent and Publicist


The writers behind the InScribed collection are the most incredible group of women—great teachers who speak Biblical truths and know the struggles and fears that lay on women’s hearts—because they’ve experienced them. We spent two days together last spring and talked about how studying the Bible together can draw us closer to God and each other in real community. We laughed. We cried. We prayed. And out of that grew this InScribed collection… I am so excited to see what God has in store for these studies, and I can’t wait to start my own InScribed group with women in my neighborhood!

Jamie Guthals | Managing Editor,


Heather Zempel reveals her passion for stirring up the next generation’s love for the Bible as she tackles the book of Habakkuk head on. That’s right, Habakkuk! An emerging voice in the Church, Heather is always willing to get into the mess of the difficult areas of Scripture. She asks hard-hitting questions about life and faith and pain, but does so with compassion, grace, and a healthy dose of humor. To find strength for the journey, read this book.

Christine Caine | Founder, The A21 Campaign and bestselling author of Undaunted


As the director of Women's Ministries in my local church, I'm excited about Thomas Nelson's new InScribed collection of Bible studies. We are always on the lookout for studies to meet the various learning styles, preferences, and needs of our women. The InScribed studies are the perfect fit for those women who desire relevant studies that are true to God's Word. The best part? The authors of these studies are passionate about equipping women to study the Scriptures for themselves "that [they] may observe to do according to all that is written in it" (Joshua 1:8, NKJV).

Vicki Tiede | National Speaker, Bible Teacher, Author


One of the things I look for as a professional counselor is a trustworthy resource designed to help women grow and thrive that I would enjoy and recommend to others. Thomas Nelson’s InScribed series offers women Bible studies that fit into their everyday lives and by women who have experienced what they write about. The studies are written in a way that first engages women with story and then leads them to life transforming scripture. I highly recommend this series to women wanting to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and understanding of Biblical truth.

Stephanie Clayton | Proverbs 31 Ministries | MED, Licensed Professional Counselor, Writer, Speaker, Online Bible Study Leader


I am so excited about the InScribed Collection! I love to study God’s Word but as a wife and working mother of two teenagers my time is limited. InScribed Bible studies are exactly what the busy woman needs. Each study is deep, thought-provoking, and applicable yet short enough for me to complete. Thank you Thomas Nelson and InScribed authors.

Wendy Pope | Proverbs 31 Ministries | Speaker, Author, and Bible Study Leader


With clarity and candor Donna Gaines walks us through the Old Testament Tabernacle, the House of God and a beautiful type of our Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work. In the process she shares with us her own method of maintaining intimacy with God, recognizing that the Christian’s heart can be “the Holiest Place” where God is pleased to dwell. Join her as with personal insights, family illustrations and genuine inspiration she leads you through the thrilling truths of God’s house. As you respond to her teaching your life will no longer be “ordinary” but will be transformed into the “extraordinary.”

Heather Olford | Widow of Dr. Stephen F. Olford and author of Together With God


As a pastor of a growing church, I long for people not simply to read the Bible but to know what it means and how to live it out. In Dive Deeper, Jenifer Jernigan awakens her readers to what it truly means to move past simply “getting in the Word” to “getting the Word in them.” The reader not only encounters God through the book of Ephesians but also learns tools to understanding all of Scripture.

Eric Grenier | Pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Florida