I did not answer her.
I was not being difficult - well maybe a little - rather I used her question to emphasize the core purpose of the workshop. We need to struggle with questions like that ourselves. Last week traveling through Big Bend with my wife and my dad, I could not get her question out of my mind. One evening I came up with this diagram.
The problem with that is when we bail out of the struggle we do not allow the Holy Spirit to do what Christ promised He would do, lead us into all truth, John 16:13. When we do that we diminish our sensitivity to the Spirit's leading. We need to stay in the struggle and ask for Him to lead us. This morning three of us were discussing this and one of my friends suggested that most people bail because they know that those who have written the notes or the commentaries have the Spirit. Maybe. Not all who write about the Bible, even with multiple degrees are believers. Even if they are, what they write is not inspired. What they write about is. We would do better to spend more time in that about which they write.