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A Study Group Designed to Help Every Woman Bloom

With every flower you arrange in a vase of water, the bouquet is transformed with each blossom's unique beauty. This dynamic display of colorful variety is the creative inspiration behind Transformation Bouquet.

Transformation Bouquets are the centerpiece for group study of the book When a Woman Meets Jesus by Dorothy Valcárcel. This book is a collection of 18 inspiring true stories that examine Jesus' relationships with the New Testament women He encouraged, empowered and loved.

Through end-of-chapter study guides ideal for Bible study groups, women's groups and book clubs, your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors can each bring unique experiences and perspectives to the arrangement of your lives around Jesus just as you can form beautiful bouquets with flowers of every color, size and shape.

By studying together, every member of your Transformation Bouquet can grow closer to Jesus within the nourishing strength of His love.

Getting Started

If you're already a member of a Bible study group, women's group or book club, tell them about Transformation Bouquet and ask them to consider When a Woman Meets Jesus as one of your book selections.

Or start your own group with family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Reach out to everyone - even men, who say reading about Jesus' relationships with women has affected the way they look at their own relationships with women today.
To get everyone as excited about Transformation Bouquet and When a Woman Meets Jesus as you are:

  • Email them a link to this website, asking them to click on the "Transformation Bouquet" page. Be sure to tell them they can also read a sample chapter here at the website and get to know the author, Dorothy Valcárcel, when you read "Our Story" on Transformation Garden.
  • When you have an opportunity, show them your copy of the book so they can flip through the chapters, look at the study guides and see the Bibliography in the back that reflects the extensive research Dorothy Valcárcel put into this book.
  • Tell them how When a Woman Meets Jesus affected you – what you learned about Jesus, the 18 New Testament women whose lives He touched and, most importantly, what you learned about your own relationship with Jesus.

Then make the most of your experience with the Transformation Bouquet Outline where we are studying the lives of every woman mentioned in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Transformation Bouquet
Study Outline

Though you may wish to follow every step in this outline, there is plenty of room for you to be creative, and you're encouraged to do so. The more of yourselves you bring to the group, the more you’ll feel personally connected to the experience.

Preparing Your Group

  • Decide on how often you’ll meet to discuss the book – once a week, once a month, or maybe even once a day if you're using it for a special retreat or program.
  • Make sure everyone has a copy of the book, as well as a notebook. Though space is provided for answers within each study guide, it's best not to let two or three lines limit thoughts or feelings that may need an entire page.
  • Make sure everyone has a copy of the book, as well as a notebook. Though space is provided for answers within each study guide, it's best not to let two or three lines limit thoughts or feelings that may need an entire page.
  • Consider taking turns bringing a centerpiece of flowers to each meeting – one flower for every member of the group. Let these roses, lilies, carnations or daisies serve as a symbol of the growth you're experiencing together. Then each of you take a flower home as a reminder of the growth you also need to experience on your own.

Before Each Meeting

  • Read the chapter.
  • Make note of any passages within the chapter you feel especially connected to so you can bring that experience to the group.
  • Complete the end-of-chapter study guide.

During the Meeting

  • Set the tone for the meeting by taking turns reading aloud the text and quotes embedded within the chapter.
  • Encourage open discussion of the chapter, sharing with one another any passages you felt especially connected to, and why.
  • Take turns sharing your answers to the Exploration questions in the study guide, letting each person share all of their answers at
    once – without interruption – making it easier for them to share freely.
  • Encourage open discussion of the Inspirational passages in the study guide.
  • Take turns sharing your answers to the questions in the Inspiration section, again letting each person share all of their answers at once, uninterrupted.
  • Close the meeting by reading the Affirmations aloud together.

A book with Biblical stories of 18 New Testament women whose lives
intersected with Jesus. Study guides for groups or personal use are also included.

You are invited to visit www.TransformationGarden.com, a Christian website designed by women, for women - where we are studying the lives of all the women in the Bible.