What are the essentials to good Bible study materials? And what makes a small-group Bible study work well? Are we going to take prayer requests? Will there be homework? What makes the difference between good questions in curriculum and questions that frustrate the group?

These are the kinds of questions I asked Lydia Brownback, who has just embarked on creating a new series of resources called the Flourish Bible Study, for which she plans to create three studies a year for 10 years. We talked about the importance of defining terms, studying a book of the Bible in the larger context of the Bible’s story and message, and the best way to go about making personal application. Because Brownback is a senior editor at Crossway, I also asked her about the advice she gives when people ask her about how they can get a book published. Her bottom line? It’s really hard.