Make a Joyful Noise
Chariss K. Walker
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Copyright © 2011
2nd edition, 2014
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This Study Guide is a Companion to the book, Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World
Fiction books by this author:
The Vision Chronicles Series:
Window's All Around
Stream of Light
Non-fiction books by this author:
Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World
Make a Joyful Noise Study Guide
Chakra Basics: Fundamentals of Spiritual Growth
The Spiritual Gifts: Understanding for the Great Shift and Beyond
Love & Sex: A Personal Journey (co-authored with David A Britner)
Make a Joyful Noise Study Guide
Understanding Spiritual Laws
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me, I Corinthians 13:11
Write your own story by answering the following questions:
a. At what age did you become conscious of a higher being that loved and watched over you?
b. What steps have you taken or did you take to understand this awareness?
c. What life shattering situations or experiences have you encountered in the current time period?
d. What have you encountered in the past?
Looking back at those experiences, summarize how they affected your relationship with God or the higher consciousness you knew?
A world view is the summation of all the things you have been taught over the course of your life; it is the ideas, feelings and beliefs that you have put faith in. For example, you may believe that any sickness or injury requires immediate medical attention or that all people of a different race are peculiar and should be avoided. These ideas would be considered part of your world view. The ideas you believe may not be true, but because of your belief in them, they are true for you. What is your current world view? Write a minimum of two paragraphs on what you believe to be true about the world around you:
List five beliefs passed down to you through family, community or religious affiliation:
Have you examined these beliefs to see if they are still true for you today? Explain your answer:
List five beliefs that you have personally discovered by examining the world around you:
Do any of these beliefs differ from the ideas you were taught as a child? Explain your answer:
Do you feel you have been a good person? Tell why you answered the way you did:
Do you feel that God loves you and cares about your life's circumstances? Briefly explain your answer:
Briefly write about a time when you asked God for something through prayer and that prayer was answered:
Briefly write about a time when you asked God for something through prayer and you felt that prayer was unheard or unanswered:
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened, Matthew 7:8
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:6
Do you consider yourself a person who is open to new concepts and ideas? Explain your answer briefly:
An epiphany is a sudden realization, a leap of understanding. Tell of a time when you learned something new and accepted it as an epiphany:
Did this epiphany change your life? Explain your answer in detail:
Tell of a time when you heard a new idea or concept but refused to listen or believe it at the time, even if later it became clear or true to you:
A limited belief is narrow and constricting because it does not fit you. It is similar to trying to wear shoes that are either too big or too small for you. For example, a current limited belief is "No one can sell a home in this real estate market!" List ten limited beliefs that you currently hold:
Can you change those limited beliefs? For instance, in the previous example to change that limited belief it would now read "The real estate market is healthy and vibrant. The perfect buyer finds my home now!" Reword the limited beliefs you listed in the previous question into positive beliefs that do not constrict your personal growth:
Without judgment, do you know someone "stuck" in an old way of thinking? Describe what you understand about that individual's limited beliefs:
Can you see any similarities between yourself and the person you described above? Briefly explain:
Tell of a time or a particular instance when you were trapped in a pattern of old, hand-me-down thinking:
Thinking of the many names used to describe God in the bible (God the Provider, God the Healer, God of Peace, God the Most High, God the Shepherd, or God our Maker) what name do you choose to call God or your higher power?
Why do you prefer that particular name? Explain briefly
I will call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer, Psalms 17: 6