Monday, July 23, 2012

"My Own Worst Enemy" Review (Non-fiction)

Sometimes Your Biggest Obstacle Is Yourself

You know you could do great things if you just stopped getting in your own way. But most days, self-doubt, fear, and the seductive whispers of insecurity have you second-guessing yourself--before you've even started.

Writer and speaker Janet Davis shows you how to break the destructive cycle of shame and self-doubt to achieve your full potential. Through lessons from her own life and examples of modern and biblical women, she reveals that every woman is called to shine, and you are no exception.

Learn how to break destructive patterns in order to live out your purpose in God's kingdom, bringing the sense of fulfillment you've been longing for.

Study questions also make this a great book for women's small groups.

For more information about this title and to read an excerpt, click here.

About the Author:
Janet Davis has a master's degree in spiritual nurture (Western Seminary-Seattle) and works as a spiritual director, writer, and speaker after many years in hospital chaplaincy. She has published two books: The Feminine Soul: Surprising Ways the Bible Speaks to Women and Sacred Healing: MRIs, Marigolds, and Miracles. Janet and Bob, her husband of more than thirty years, live in Austin, Texas. She enjoys their four adult children, gardening, and good food.
Check out this Q&A session with the author here.
My Take:
My Own Worst Enemy was an interesting book to read about living the Christian life to the fullest. I liked the stories of the women in the Bible the best. There were several things that were pointed out in the lives of those women that I had never thought of before.
I also liked that the author points out that we should be living a life of authenticity - being ourselves as we go through our lives and doing all we can to show others the love of Jesus.
I liked this quote from the Q&A session with the author: "That song we teach our children, This Little Light of Mine, is not child’s play or a nice option. It is a mandate, a commandment meant to bless us, and the world all around us, with the love of Jesus."
While many points in this novel are backed up by Scripture, I think that sometimes the book made me look 'inward' too much rather than 'upward.' I definitely need to identify areas in which I need to grow and change, and I need to confess sin and repent from it. But I think the book tended to focus a lot on what I needed to do to shine or to stop the cycle of  self-sabotage rather than what Christ has already done for me.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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