Wednesday, March 28, 2012
My Own Worst Enemy by Janet Davis
I think this book does a great job of bringing awareness to the ways our thinking can hold us back from being all that God calls us to be as women. I especially identified with the first chapter which talks about our refusal to shine as a sin of omission (good works we fail to do) and results in the absence of the fullness of what God has called us to do and be. I know my own fears, insecurities, and self-doubt hold me back at times from living the way I desire to live, which is one reason I picked up this book in the first place. The back cover claims the book will help women to "break destructive patterns in order to live out your purpose in God's kingdom"....unfortunately I didn't find this to be true. Her advice was more along the lines of choosing to be vulnerable, say no when necessary, tell your story, persevere, realize your worth....all of which are helpful things...but simply not enough. This book ignores the influence of spiritual warfare and how to fight with the sword of the Word of God, which I believe is necessary to break these cycles of "self-sabotage".
Another aspect I liked about the book were the insights the author shared about various biblical women. While I'm not sure I agree with all of them, I like to learn about different viewpoints and applications that others see in the biblical stories.
Overall, this book contains some good thoughts, but wasn't what I expected it to be.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.