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Paula Carpenter recently celebrated the publication of her first Bible study: Who Do You Want to Be? Grow Your Character in Harmony with God’s Desire for You.

Jasper resident celebrates publication of new Bible study

            Local resident Paula Carpenter recently celebrated the publication of her first Bible study: Who Do You Want to Be? Grow Your Character in Harmony with God’s Desire for You. This is a 6-week biblically based character study and can be read alone or taught in small groups.

            A native of north Georgia, Carpenter grew up in Alpharetta. From there, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There, she met her husband, John Carpenter of Maryville, Tennessee. While he served in the Navy in San Diego, California, Carpenter worked for a public college on San Diego military installations. Here she earned her master’s degree in education administration from Chapman University. Then, after five years in Jacksonville, Florida, Carpenter and her husband lived in Canton. In 2017, they made Jasper their home. Carpenter is currently a high school English teacher.

            Carpenter also teaches at Woodstock Church Jasper (WCJ) in the student ministry. In 2021, she asked the WCJ middle and high school girls to answer the question, “who do you want to be?” Importantly, Carpenter wanted the students to think about who they wanted to be rather than what they wanted be. Answers included compassionate, encouraging, and kind. Carpenter’s favorite answer was “not evil.”

            During 2021, Carpenter taught the girls about the character traits they wanted to explore and apply to their lives from a biblical perspective. Because the girls’ response was so positive to these lessons, Carpenter wanted turn them into a Bible study to give other teens the opportunity to learn about and grow these traits.

            WCJ Student Pastor Jacob Spencer read the material and encouraged Carpenter to have the study printed. She submitted her manuscript to College and Clayton Press, a north Georgia publishing company dedicated to producing quality works in Christian history, theology, and biblical studies. Carpenter’s Bible study is College and Clayton’s first publication focused on teens.

            According to Carpenter, this 6-week study is designed to be the first in a series on character. From it, teens can learn why kindness, compassion, humility, wisdom, and steadfastness are not just good. They are godly traits. Most importantly, Carpenter wants girls to learn more about becoming who God wants them to be and that God is not demanding perfection in this endeavor. Instead, He desires obedience. This obedience should grow out of their love for Jesus, their savior.

            Both Carpenter and her husband attend Woodstock Church Jasper. On Sunday mornings, they enjoy worshipping under the leadership of Pastor Eddie Rhodes. After Sunday morning services and on Wednesday nights, the Carpenters can be found serving in the student ministry under Pastor Jacob Spencer. Both say Sundays and Wednesdays are their favorite days of the week.

            She and her husband have started a hybrid Christian school in Jasper, Armis Christian Academy, that opens in August. Her Bible study is available on Amazon. For organizations interested in purchasing the study for groups, College and Clayton Press offers bulk pricing on books.

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