Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: My Own Worst Enemy by Janet Davis

Review: My Own Worst Enemy
Janet Davis
Bethany House
2012

“Shining is not pride.” and “Hiding is not humility.” OK, she has my attention right from the start. What does she mean and how does that square with Biblical teaching? Well, don’t want to spoil the book for you so I’ll let you decide if she makes her case or not.

Davis’ book has a subtitle, too, that speaks volumes. “How to stop holding yourself back.” Through a series of case studies and her own story the author illustrates just how that happens not only to most of us, but also to the women of the Bible. She revisits many of them and shows their growth and strength in a way I had not thought about before. And I think she’s on the mark with her work.

The cases studies are not dry reading. She depicts real people with real emotions in real circumstances in real struggles. You will find yourself in at least one of those chapters I can guarantee. Or maybe more than one. Please read closely about the time frame that each case covers. The transformation is what you are looking for, the how did they do it part and miss that in most of the women presented the change took time. Lots more time than some want you believe. I missed that initially and had to back up a little.

I got to the last chapter thinking, “That’s nice and so what?” though. Read that last chapter! It isn’t there to add a few more pages to the book. It has a purpose and tied it all together for me. A final subtitle in that chapter says it all. “Jesus Did Not Fix Her, He Freed Her”

I do recommend this book. Sure it’ll challenge some of your views, but go ahead and look at them to decide if she isn’t on to something here.

This book was provided by Bethany Books in exchange for this review.

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