Saint Louis, MO—June 13, 2013—A vineyard goes through many growing seasons, each of which are essential to the final product. There is planting, training, growing, thinning, pruning, and harvesting; and according to vinedresser Cindy Steinbeck, these seasons of growing are an excellent mirror for the way that a Christian grows spiritually.
Steinbeck is the author of Concordia Publishing House’s new Bible study The Vine Speaks. She is also the owner of Steinbeck Wines, a vineyard in Paso Robles, California that grows over 300,000 grapevines.
“My family’s vineyard speaks to me,” says Steinbeck. “I grew up among the vines, and my faith has grown by watching our vines grow.”
In The Vine Speaks, Steinbeck uses the imagery and metaphor of the vineyard that she knows so well. By weaving this imagery into her own personal stories, the author explores how Christ works in us by providing experiences that grow faith.
“It’s a very personal story,” says Editor Peggy Kuethe. “Cindy does a skillful job of intricately weaving together the aspects of growing grapes with the ways that we personally grow in life.”
The conversational style of the Bible study provides a warm and inviting resource, especially when Steinbeck shares personal stories about her faith journey, the burden of guilt, divorce, and more.
The Bible study is rooted in the Scripture of John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
It draws deeply from the Word of Christ and brings encouragement to help readers grow in their understanding of God’s calling.
“Just like a grape vine, we are trained to grown in a certain way,” said Steinbeck. “Our work is made good because of the relationship that we have with Christ.”
The Vine Speaks is great for individual and group Bible study, and features eleven instructional sessions. To order your copy today, visit cph.org or call 1-800-325-3040.