It’s not like Liz Lyon-Hall was just looking for something to do.
After all, she’s a professional guardian for the elderly with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Plus, she and her husband, Alan, have two daughters, 15-year-old Eliana and a 12-year-old Alyssa, and two sons, 5-year-old Daniel and 3-year-old Jaidon.
On top of all that, the Wesley Chapel family has dogs, a cat, a bunny, a mouse, a bird and two pet sharks.
Still, when Lyon-Hall was reading a particular verse of the Bible she experienced what she characterizes as a revelation — and she was inspired to share it with others.
“I realized at one point that any revelation from God, no matter how big or how small, is not necessarily just for the person receiving it, but also to be shared with other Christians,” she said.
“I really want to encourage people to be reading the Bible and studying it for themselves. That’s a big life message for me — just encouraging Christians to spend time in the Bible,” she said.
It’s important, she added, to “know your scriptures and study it as much as you can.
“One of the ways that God speaks to his people is through the scriptures and if you’re not reading them, you’re missing that opportunity.
“Christianity is not just a belief system. We’re meant to have a relationship with God,” she continued. “If you’re missing out on his primary way of communicating to you, you’re really missing out.”
So, what began as a personal inspiration turned into a research and writing project.
“I typically wrote about an hour a night, pretty much from midnight to about 1 a.m.,” she said. She squeezed in some extra writing time on Fridays, which she generally takes off from her day job.
She estimates she spent about six months creating the study guide, which is called “Hezekiah, A Conversation With the Enemy.”
The guide’s release will be celebrated with a book launch on July 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Bridgeway Church, at 30660 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel.
The six-week Bible study is divided into six weeks of study, five days a week.
“That’s kind of a standard format for a lot of Bible studies,” Lyon-Hall said.
While Bible studies can be done individually, that’s not the general approach.
“The main goal for most Bible studies is to be done with a group of people, so that you’re having discussion and you’re fellowshipping — getting to know each other and helping each other throughout life, praying for each other, that sort of thing,” Lyon-Hall said.
“This Bible study, when I wrote it, I did it with my own personal little small group Bible study,” she said. She also ran it through a Bible study at Bridgeway Church, where she has been a member since 2015. A second Bible study group at the church began using the guide recently.
Lyon-Hall said her guide is designed to be used by Christians of any church denomination.
She plans to get the word out about the book by attending church events, conferences, breakfasts and so on. She is scheduled to sell her book at Palm Harbor’s New Hope Church’s Women’s Dream Conference, Aug. 13 and Aug. 14; at Tampa’s St. Clement’s Episcopal Church’s Blessing of the Animals event Oct. 2; and, at Lutz’s St. Timothy Catholic Church’s Annual Women’s Club Boutique on Nov. 13.
Whether or not it’s a big seller, Lyon-Hall said she’s glad she pursued the project.
She knows that the guide was extremely helpful to one of the participants of the first Bible study group that used it.
“It was a blessing to her, specifically — helped her kind of break through some issues she was having,” the author said.
“I’m not looking to make my millions off this book. I’m just looking to share it and encourage people to be reading their Bible.
“I figure God is going to use it for whatever he’s going to use it for. He will put it in the hands of who needs to read it,” she said.
For more information, visit LizLyon-Hall.com.
Bible Study Book Launch
What: Meet local author Liz Lyon-Hall at an event celebrating the launch of her first published Bible Study: “Hezekiah, A Conversation With the Enemy.”
Where: Bridgeway Church, 30660 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
When: July 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Enjoy Christian fellowship across a variety of denominations. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Bring or buy a book for author signings.
Please RSVP to , to ensure adequate provision of food and drink.
Need a guest speaker for your Christian group? Liz Lyon-Hall, author of the Bible Study, “Hezekiah, a Conversation With the Enemy,” is available to speak to your group. Email her at to make arrangements.
Published July 07, 2021