A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen Nielson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois). She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (Minnesota), and Wheaton College. Kathleen has directed and taught women’s Bible studies at several churches and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats. She serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and on the board of directors of The Charles Simeon Trust. Kathleen and her husband Niel (president of Covenant College 2002–2012, now leading an enterprise in global Christian education) have three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren!


1. Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word

208 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback | Sample Chapter

Summary — What is Bible study? This book highlights not a rigid set of methods, but a clear approach to Bible study that acknowledges Scripture as the very Word of God.

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Living Word Bible Studies Series

Living Word Bible Studies offer a guide into deeper study of God’s Word, one whole book at a time. Five days of questions in each lesson lead the way to careful textual study, with helpful context and commentary woven throughout. The aim is to read the Scriptures—and to learn to read the Scriptures—with ever increasing discernment, delight, and conviction.

2. Joshua: All God’s Good Promises

168 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — Good Old Testament study guides are hard to come by, but Nielson delivers a fascinating study about God’s unfailing promises to his people. Each lesson has five days of questions.

3. Nehemiah: Rebuilt and Rebuilding

160 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback | Sample Chapter

Summary — Nehemiah shows us God working through his people for his redemptive purposes in Jesus. Kathleen immerses us in this dramatic story of God’s people following a godly leader at a crucial point in salvation history.

4. Psalms, Volume 1: Songs Along the Way

128 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — Introduces the entire book of Psalms and guides a detailed study of selected psalms. A diverse selection illumines the Psalter’s beauty and breadth and encourages further use of psalms.

5. Psalms, Volume 2: Finding the Way to Prayer and Praise

176 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback | Sample Chapter

Summary — Kathleen Nielson takes us on a second tour of well-chosen individual psalms, helping us take in their poetry deeply. She further shows us how to keep teaching the Psalms to ourselves through individual study.

6. Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom

200 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — This study leads readers to search God’s inspired word in the book of Proverbs. The bulk of the study covers issues such as words, work, relationships, family, sex, and marriage.

7. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Searching and Finding

200 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — A study of two beautiful Old Testament poetic books dealing with the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes) and the joy of love (Song of Songs).

8. Isaiah: The Lord Saves

384 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback Sample Chapter

Summary — Isaiah contains some of the most beautiful poetry in the Bible and is a theological masterpiece, presenting God’s redemptive plan. Offers depth and a clear overview.

9. John: That You May Believe

336 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — Guides you through what many consider to be the most artful and poetic of the gospels. Its vivid and compelling portrait of the Word made flesh rewards careful study.

10. Colossians and Philemon: Continue to Live in Him

144 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — These studies offer a guide into deeper study of God’s Word, one book at a time. The aim is to learn to read the Scriptures with discernment, delight, and conviction.

11. 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Living the Gospel to the End

160 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary — A personal or group study that reveals that the New Testament church had similar issues to our own. A gracious God gives us inspired words and wise exposition.