Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life - eBook
Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life is a book written by Jennifer Crow. To the outside world, Jennifer seemed to have a perfect life but she began having health problems and became depressed. Jennifer realized that she had been accepting the devil's perfect lies and it was affecting her mind and body. Some of the lies she believed: I am unlovable, I am worthless, and I am unacceptable. She eventually found a (non-Christian) counselor that helped her to combine meditative prayer with the truths she knew about God. As Jennifer got her health back, she wanted to share the practical techniques she learned with others so they could lead a healthy and joy-filled life. Each chapter of the book identified each lie, then took the reader through something called a picture prayer exercise. The end of each chapter also provided statements and scriptures to ponder. I'm not sure how effective the picture prayer exercises are, but I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to try a different technique to stop feeling unworthy and start feeling joy in their life. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
November 7, 2012
not something I'd recommend
I was intrigued by the title, Perfect Lies, which fits the contents of the book nicely. There are a lot of truths in this book and itÃ¢ÂÂs amazing that the author was healed from chronic fatigue, depression and many other health issues, by getting rid of her negative thoughts and spending more time in prayer. She describes in vivid detail how she went about doing that and encourages others to take the same path of healing. It is her story and itÃ¢ÂÂs wonderful that sheÃ¢ÂÂs sharing it with others as there may be some people that sheÃ¢ÂÂll be able to help. However, I disagree that so many in this world suffer from some of the same nine lies that plagued her: Ã¢ÂÂI am unlovable. I am worthless. I am unacceptable. I am unable. I am a target. I am not angry. I am bad. I am in danger. I am deprived.Ã¢ÂÂ In the beginning of the book she states: Ã¢ÂÂI fell victim to a lie that has plagued the entire human race: I am unlovable.Ã¢ÂÂ This book was not what I expected and it left me somewhat disappointed.
In exchange for an honest review, Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
August 14, 2012
This is a great book about Christian living
This book is not for the faint-of-heart. In fact, it takes courage to read this book and place ourselves in Jennifer's place. For, her story touches the lives and lies of every reader. We all have lies we live behind, in order to survive. But, is this the life that Christ wants us to live?
Jennifer takes us through 9 lies that chip away at our family relationships, physical health, mental wellness, and our relationship with the Lord. She teaches you about the lie and the ways in which it manifests itself. Here are a few of the lies that she lists and tackles in her book:
1. Perfect Lie Number One: I Am Unlovable
2. Perfect Lie Number Three: I Am Unacceptable
3. Perfect Le Number Six: I Am Not Angry
4. Perfect Lie Number Nine: I Am Deprived
These are just a few of the life lies Jennifer touches upon. This book helps you to figure out why you are living a particular lie and the ammunition to fight back. This book is a "must-read" for everyone and especially, Christians.
September 13, 2012
This book is about Jennifer, a pastorÃ¢ÂÂs wife, who had many struggles, both physical and mental, and her road to healing. Everything looked perfect on the outside but inside she was going through so much inner turmoil. There are nine lies that Jennifer believes people struggle with: I am unlovable, I am worthless, I am unacceptable, I am unable, I am a target, I am not angry, I am bad, I am in danger and I am deprived. In each chapter Jennifer mentions emotions that are associated with each lie. For example, if you believe the lie that you are worthless then you may also be experiencing sadness, depression and inferiority.
Jennifer believes that the Lord healed her through what is called Christian Meditative Prayer. She addressed the lies that she believed through scripture, prayer and meditation. She devotes a chapter at the end of the book to explain what Christian Meditative Prayer is and how to use it. She understands that many people shy away from meditation because often it is associated with New Age. However, she mentions that we are to meditate on the Word of God.
This book spoke to me and has helped me during my own journey to healing. It was an answer to my prayers and I would like to thank Jennifer for sharing her story. I do not agree with everything that is said in this book but I found a lot of the information helpful. I would recommend this book because it helped me. However, I realize that there are many people that may not be able to receive from this book. Regarding meditative prayer, you will have to decide if it is right for you. I believe we are to meditate on the Word of God and the Lord always needs to be our focus.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
September 1, 2012