Sonja Corbitt2019-12-17T13:14:48-05:00

Sonja erupted on the scene with her explosive book, Unleashed, where she shared how the Holy Spirit is freeing her from her patterns of toxic relationships, self-medicating habits, awful circumstances, and overwhelming desires.

Now she’s showing up everywhere. Her 13-episode Unleashed series, perfect for study groups, aired weekly on CatholicTV, Focus TV, and Christian Associates TV. Soon after, Fearless also aired on Catholic TV stations across the country, and her radio show Bible Study Evangelista launched on Real Life Radio, Breadbox Media, and St. Gabriel Radio.

Look for her newest release: Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Roots of Catholicsm with Ascension Press, spring of 2018.

Sonja writes regularly for Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure Bible Study Blog and in Magnificat magazine, and speaks around the world.

LOVE the Word™ with Sonja and thousands of others each week; subscribe by visitng her site at www.biblestudyevangelista.com. You’ll automatically get every episode of her newest Bible study series for free on Monday morning of each week – or on a monthly, or semi-annual basis as you choose – and no spam.

We learn how to LOVE the Word like Mary, from Mary. She teaches us to interpret the word we hear and read through the landscape of our lives. Sonja’s LOVE the Word initiative and other Bible study media create space for busy Christians to hear and experience God.

Latest Episodes

01_ Putting God First

As we consider all of the areas we want to improve, where is God in this new year? Make 2020 a year when you are focused on Jesus: God and rest first. Yes, rest! Vocation second, work third. This series looks at key passages in the Old and New Testaments, and explores ways we can place Jesus at the center of our everyday living.
Action items are in the LOVE the Word® exercises, below. Choose one!

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Natalie K, and Bob R, for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). What comes to mind when you read this verse? What “good work” is the Holy Spirit inspiring you to do? Use the gift of your spontaneity to offer that sacrifice this week.
I | Ignatian –  Consider your go-to sin, then one you fall into over and over without even thinking, until you've done it, or failed to do it, and feel the guilt hanging over you. Notice the situations that provoke that reaction. This is called “the near occasion of sin,” and the Church exhorts us to avoid these situations. How can you avoid your near occasion of sin? Outline a two or three-step strategy for dealing with this reaction when it comes up next. Use all your senses to visualize yourself using the strategy and winning. Expect a pop quiz in the near future!  
A | Augustinian – “What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things he has rendered unto me? I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the name of the Lord” (Ps 115:12-13). Meditate on this passage for a few moments. What does Jesus ask of you? How can you obey?
T | Thomistic – “Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17). Make a list of all your blessings; list as many as you can in ten minutes. How can you thank Him?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

May Your name be glorified for You alone are worthy, for You looked down on our pitiful world and chose to give Your only Beloved Son to be the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for the sins of all of Your people. There are no words sufficient enough to praise and bless You for all that You have poured over the heads of Your children, and into the hearts of those that love and trust You. You alone are worthy of our thanksgiving and praise, and we bless Your name forever and ever. Amen.+
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
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By |January 13th, 2020|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

12_What to Take Away: Taming the Monster Within

Not all anger is bad: “He who is not angry, whereas he has cause to be, sins. For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices; it fosters negligence, and incites not only the wicked but the good to do wrong” (St. John Chrysostom).
How do we tell the difference?
God always confronts and helps us work through our anger, if we let Him. He helps us tame the monster within by asking us specifically about it.

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Keith S; Leslie A; Gail R; Elizabeth M (thank you for the extra lift 😉 and Rosemary K, for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here. 
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
Take a look at this list of questions God asks His angry people in the Scriptures throughout this series. Does any one of them stand out for you? Choose the one that resonates most.
Cain, Genesis 4:6, “Why are you angry?”
Esau, Genesis 27:36, “Is he not rightly named Jacob (cheater)?”
Moses, Exodus 2:14, “Who made you a prince and judge?”
Balaam, Numbers 22, “What have I done to you?”
Haman, Esther 7:2, “What is your request?”
Elijah, 1 Kings 19:9, “What are you doing here?”
Saul, 1 Samuel 15:19, “Why did you not obey?”
David, 2 Samuel 12:9, “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord?”
Jonah 4:4, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Prodigal’s Brother, Luke 15: 28, “Won’t you come to the party?”
Judas, Luke 22:48, “Are you betraying me?”
Paul, Acts 9, “Why are you persecuting me?”
F | Franciscan – Make a list of all the good, virtuous, and admirable qualities in the person you are most angry at. List at least ten. And if you can get 25, I'll offer a Mass for you both. Drop me a comment or message me on Facebook.
I | Ignatian –  Imagine you are sitting knee to knee, facing Jesus. You are in a room alone together as He says these words (questions, above) to you. What are your thoughts and feelings? What will you do? 
A | Augustinian – Which episode of this series resonated with you most? What does the Lord want you to do now?
T | Thomistic – See if you can commit the list of people and questions, above, to memory. 
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you,” regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.+
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
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Share the LOVE
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By |January 8th, 2020|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

11_Paul: Kicking Against the Goads

We can have the faith and attend the church of our parents. We can be about God’s business. We can be doing great good. But what if we don’t realize we are fighting against Jesus Himself?

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Keith S; Leslie A; Gail R; Elizabeth M (thank you for the extra lift 😉 and Rosemary K, for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here. 
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Saul had “inherited religion” – but he didn’t have faith until he encountered the risen Jesus. Get in touch with your parents (via prayer if they are no longer alive) and thank them for your faith. 
I | Ignatian – Try to recall your first memories of faith. Using all your senses, try to remember each detail. Thank the Lord for those moments. Perhaps you want to offer a Mass of thanksgiving? 
A | Augustinian – Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Are you in contact with Him every day? Where are you kicking against His goading in your life right now?
T | Thomistic – Take a look at this entry on goads. What do you learn about Paul, and yourself?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Help us, O Lord, to be obedient children but help us also to cast out of our hearts and minds all things that might hinder us in a whole and holy love for You. As You did love the world, help us to love. As You gave Yourself for us, help us to give ourselves for You. Amen.+
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
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Share the LOVE
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By |January 6th, 2020|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

09_The Prodigal Son: Overlooked

Everyone feels unappreciated and overlooked sometimes. The prodigal son has an older, clearly responsible and obedient brother. Scholars tell us this brother represents the Pharisees, with whom Jesus shares this parable. How does God deal with our resentment when we feel our efforts are unacknowledged?

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Jamie D, and Jonathan M, for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here. 
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Invite someone single or lonely to your home or out for a meal. 
I | Ignatian –  When you imagine this parable, do you see yourself as the rude prodigal, the angry older brother, or the father caught between them? Using all your senses, imagine the ending of this story, the way you hope it goes in your own life.
A | Augustinian – One of the most wonderful truths in this parable is that God cares more about His relationship with you than anything you do for Him: “You are always with me, and all that is mine is yours” (Luke 15:31). In what situation or with whom do you feel yourself resentful toward? 

has given you all that He has (vs 31), “everything I have is yours”
pleads with you to come to His party (vs 28).

In the situation that came to mind, above, go out of your way to treat someone better than they deserve this week.
T | Thomistic – Take a moment to take a little quiz on your resentment level. 
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pangs of hell, but most of all because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.+
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Bible Study Evangelista is on the Laudate app!

Share the LOVE
Share the LOVE on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available, courtesy of Dora Donovan who does our transcripts for you.
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By |December 29th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

08_Jonah: When God Blesses the Enemy

God tells Jonah to preach salvation to his enemy. So Jonah does the only sensible thing; he heads in the opposite direction! Jonah tried to thwart God’s will by doing the opposite of what he was asked. As a result, he finds himself in “deep.”

Thank you to my newest Friends of the Show, Julie L; Pam DiM; Kelly K; and Kathleen M, for loving and lifting me!

LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on her method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

If you'd rather watch the video, you can do that here. 
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Make an effort to interact and serve people or a person that you dislike or disagree with. What might God want to teach you through them?
I | Ignatian –  As you imagine Jonah's story, what do you sense God is trying to tell you? 
A | Augustinian – Jonah, God’s prophet, was prejudiced. What’s the group you seriously dislike? Color, race, education, nationality, religion or “side” of Catholicism or Christianity, sexual preference, politician or political party, social justice issue, ISIS, immigrants, Panthers or Broncos, gun control advocates or pro-lifers, someone else?
How are you called to serve them?
T | Thomistic – Can a whale really swallow a person, and could that person survive?  What does that tell you about biblical genres and the purpose of Jonah's story?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pangs of hell, but most of all because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I resolve, therefore, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.+ 
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*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
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By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments