Books & Studies


Hand in Hand,
Walking with the Psalms through Loneliness
by Elizabeth Head Black

I am pleased to announce the publication of my first devotional book, entitled Hand in Hand. Now available for purchase through my website, this book is the fruit of my lifelong labor to discover the home for the human heart.

Hand in Hand is a 30 day journey of devotions based on the Psalms. It serves as an intimate and accessible guide to feelings of loss, emptiness, rejection, isolation and more. With gentle honesty, this book is a companion to our lonely times, offering words of encouragement and hope, while providing practical steps to walk right out of loneliness into the Presence of God.

Hand in Hand is written for any person who has lived long enough to move away from home, marry or divorce, be transferred in a job, send children to college, experience the death of a loved one or outlive their peer group. It speaks to an audience, of both men and women, seeking God in the hard places of life. Readers may begin this book looking for solutions to loneliness, but they will end in discovering God.

Please join me in this journey! To order this book, please click here.

What Others Have Said….

Hand in Hand was definitely ointment for my soul.”
Randy Frazee, Pastor and Author of “What Happens After You Die” and “The Story”

“Elizabeth is an excellent writer, easy to read. She has much to say that will bless and encourage others. I know because I have been encouraged by her work.”
Rozanne Frazee, Author of “Real Simplicity, Making Room for Life”

“Exquisite, literary, and almost poetic…”
Ella Wall Prichard, Author of “Reclaiming Joy, A Primer for Widows”

“Elizabeth Head Black has given us a great gift. Through poignant and penetrating personal story and life giving psalms, the heart of God is revealed. This is a much needed book to remind us that we are never alone and the God who is with us is more loving, healing, and restorative than we can imagine. Hand in Hand nourishes the soul deeply, lifts the spirit, and is a must read to thrive in our increasingly disconnected world. In our culture where the majority of people name “loneliness” as their primary source of pain, Hand in Hand is a treasure for each of us and one to be shared.” 
Carrie Boren Headington, Missioner for Evangelism, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and
Founder of the Good News Initiative

Elizabeth Black has provided a resource of holy contemplation for all of us, especially at times of life when loneliness, grief, and isolation may seem to be our only companions. Elizabeth Black takes a fresh look at these ancient psalms and provides practical meanings and applications for our lives today.”
The Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas


The Church of the Good Shepherd Women’s Bible Study

The Gospel of Matthew

Please join us for our Fall Women’s Bible Study!
Starting Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Everyone is welcome and included! If you have never been to bible study, this is a super easy-going group that comes together for fellowship, to build friendships, and to be encouraged and strengthened by God’s Word! We are a group of all ages, and love to learn from each other. Please join us and bring a friend!

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the story of the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the story of a man, a teacher, a healer, a prophet, a king – and how he came to save the world. Because it is the first book of the New Testament, it would be easy to think something new must be happening. And there is! But it is also a very old story. Matthew sets out to show how Jesus “completes” or “fulfills” all the promises ever made about God’s anointed King who would come to save the world.

In this study we will step back into a historical place and time- imagine the local flavor, the culture, the physical, historical setting of the story. It is in this context that will meet Jesus, walk alongside him, hear his words, let him pray over us and discover that we are not at all incidental to the story. We are not observers. Just as all of God’s creation and salvation are completed in Jesus, so are we and all the parts of our lives – our work, family, friends, hopes and aspirations.

So come join in the most exciting story of your life! Come find what you’ve been looking for!

Where and When:
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Begins Tuesday, September 10th
Church of the Good Shepherd Parlor

Please join Elizabeth Black for a time of fellowship and study. Simply bring a bible and a pen. A study booklet will be provided on the first day for $10.00 or you can order it on Amazon. This study will run throughout the Fall and Spring. If you are interested in having nursery available, please call the Church Office at 361-882-1735.

For more information, feel free to email Elizabeth Black at


Elizabeth is making her Bible studies available through an audio recording posted weekly. Each week, an audio recording of her teaching and the group discussion will be posted below. You can join in by just listening weekly, or participate more fully by purchasing the workbook which is available on (We will be using the N.T. Wright For Everyone Bible Study Guide for the Gospel of Matthew as our workbook.) Click here for a detailed calendar, which will provide the schedule for the fall and spring, and lesson material by week. If you plan to do this study as a group, using the audio recordings as a source, please send Elizabeth an email to let her know of your group size and location.

May God richly bless you as you delve more deeply in his Word.


September 10 – Introduction to The Gospel of Matthew
September 17 – Matthew 1:1-2:23
September 24 – Matthew 3:1-17
October 1 – Matthew 4:1-25 – Sorry! No Recording Available
October 8 – Matthew 5:1-48
October 15 – Matthew 6:1-34
October 22 – Matthew 7:1-29
October 29 – Matthew 8:1-9:8
November 5 – Matthew 9:9 – 10:42
November 12 – Matthew 11:1-30
November 19 – Matthew 12:1-50 – Sorry! Having Trouble Uploading
December 3 – Matthew 13:1-53
January 14 – Matthew 13:53-14:36
January 21 – Matthew 15:1-39
January 28 – Matthew 16:1-28
February 04 – Matthew 17:1-27
February 11 – Matthew 18:1-35
February 18 – Matthew 19:1 – 20:16
February 25 – Matthew 20:17-21:32
March 3 – Matthew 21:33-22:33
March 10 – Spring Break – No Class
March 17 – Matthew 23:1-39
March 24- Matthew 24:1-44
March 31 – Matthew 24:45-25:46
April 7 – Matthew 26:1-56
April 14 – Matthew 26:57-27:44
April 21 – Part I – Matthew 27:45-65
April 21 – Part II – Matthew 28