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 Other’s Have Said About “Hand in Hand”

“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

“The Valley of the Shadow of Death is not our destiny. God is at work in our lives and something good is about to happen. These are not my words, but the words of Elizabeth Black, who 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. One of the most meaningful things to me about the Book of Psalms is that it covers the range of human emotions and conditions—everything from great joy and praise to agony and deep grief. 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, Diocesan Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas


The Church of the Good Shepherd Women’s Bible Study







Please join us for our Fall Women’s Bible Study!
Starting Tuesday, September 11

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!

Isaiah – To Soar On Wings Like Eagles

The Hebrew meaning of the Isaiah’s name summarizes his message: The Lord saves. Speaking to a people and world that are lost and broken, Isaiah proclaims God’s magnificent plan to draw all creation back to himself. Central to this message is the sending of a Messiah, a servant-king who will suffer for his people and be exalted in victory. Apart from the Psalms, no other voice from the Old Testament echoes the pages of the New Testament, as does Isaiah.

Come hear the gospel captured in the beautiful, poetic imagery of a prophet. Come be surprised by immeasurable grace, and be caught up in a glorious picture of God’s renewal of the world. Come soar on wings, like eagles.

Where and When:
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Begins Tuesday, September 11th
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 it can be picked up in the Church Office. This study will throughout the Fall and Spring, ending April 30th. 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


For the first time, 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 available on Our in-depth study will expand each workbook lesson by several weeks, carrying this study throughout the Fall and into Spring. The Isaiah Calendar 2018 provides the exact 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.

Audio Recordings By Date

September 11 – Introduction and Overview of Isaiah
September 18 – Isaiah 1:1-30
September 25 – Isaiah 2:1-4:6
October 2 – Isaiah 5:1-30
October 16- Isaiah 6:1-13
October 23 – Isaiah 7:1-11:16
October 30 – Isaiah 12:1-6
November 6 and 13 – My apologies! No recordings were made for these lessons.
November 20 – Thanksgiving Break! No Lesson.
November 27 – Isaiah 26:1-21
December 4 – Isaiah 27:1-13
December 11 – Isaiah 28-35
December 18 – January 7 – Christmas Break! No classes.
January 8 – Isaiah 36-37
January 15 – Isaiah 38-39
January 22- Isaiah 40:1-42:17
January 29 – Isaiah 42:18-44:23 – Taught By Lula Martin
February 5- Isaiah 44:24 – 48:22
February 12 – Isaiah 49:1 – 52:12
February 19 – Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
February 26 – Isaiah 54:1- 55:13 – Taught by Lula Martin
March 5 – Isaiah 56 – 57
March 12 – Spring Break – No Lesson
March 19 – Isaiah 58-59
March 26 – Isaiah 60-63:6
April 2 – Isaiah 63:7-64:12 – Taught by Lula Martin. Sorry! No recording was made.
April 9 – Isaiah 65:1-16
April 16 – Isaiah 65:17-25
April 23 – Isaiah 66: 1-24