My Own Worst Enemy by Janet Davis is the latest book I've received from Bethany House for reviewing.
I guess I sort of expected this book to be about physical ways that we make life harder on ourselves. Debt, health choices, those sort of things.
Instead, I was surprised by the depth, in a positive way.
It focuses more on ways that we sell ourselves short.
Maybe we let our true dreams die off, and never truly find our purpose.
Maybe we let ourselves be beaten down by certain parts of our past that we hide, and let ourselves feel like we are "less than".
Maybe we hold ourselves back, not willing to stand out from the crowd and show the true talents that we've been given for fear of showing off.
This isn't a book you are probably going to get through quickly if you are really open to reading it. It's one of those that will probably take some time of just sitting and processing and really reflecting.
Sharing insights from biblical women to modern day women, "My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back" was an interesting read, that in today's busy world, many women, both working, stay at home, pretty much all walks of life, can relate to.
Janet Davis, the author, shares personal anecdotes, along with scripture, and both biblical and modern day examples, that really helps women get an insight into ways that we can self-sabotage ourselves, both knowingly and unknowingly.
Having study questions at the end of the chapter, are a big help, for those who are reading this book, either for personal insight or thinking of leading a small book study group, and what stands out is, each chapter connects a modern day woman with a possible biblical equivalent with the questions, helping the reader focus on how do they, or could they see themselves in the topic being addressed.
With thirteen chapters, the book is broken into three sections and each section, I found to be pretty in depth, covering topics such as:
The Unimagined Life
to name a few of the topics that Janet Davis goes into deeper detail.
As a Christian, each chapter and topic is explored extensively with corresponding passages of the bible for encouragement and insight, each chapter starting as well with pertinent quotes that are inspiring and uplifting.
I found,"My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back" to be a very in depth book, and the topics are thoroughly explored. For Christian women who find themselves struggling, the book is very motivating and empowering, with strong examples of strong women from the bible, and how even in today's world, we can be focused and strong and motivated, to not hold ourselves back, but have that much needed confidence to pursue our goals and face the world.
This wasn't a quick read and definitely not an overnight, this is what is going on, type of book to read, but instead, "My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back" works for those who are willing to take the time and effort to try and understand,how can we self-sabotage ourselves and how do we overcome those destructive methods and in place, use more constructive and healthier methods.
***Thank you to Bethany Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book, in exchange for my personal opinion***
Why do we sabotage ourselves at a moment when we could shine and make a lasting impact on others? Why are we our own worst enemy? We have convinced ourselves that we have nothing of value to offer or that anyone would even want to hear!
But God wants us to shine and to allow our talent to be seen. We need to remember that shining is not pride and hiding is not humility. When we hide what God has given us we are unable to honor Him by using our gifts "to their fullest and with passion."
When we self-sabotage ourselves we become self-contained and isolated. We fear to step out into the unknown and instead become a pillar of salt in the city that we know.
We feel worthless and allow others to victimize us with the choices we make. We forget that Jesus came to give us the Good News of God. We forget that we are children that God created to love, to cherish, and to enjoy fellowship with.
Until we are able to discover our true identity we are unable to be who God created us to be. We must step out from behind the walls we have erected and ignore our voice of self-doubt and say YES to the life God wants to give us. God loves us and sees past our flaws, when we experience God's love we are freed from our bondage of self-doubt and are no longer our own worst enemy.
I received a copy of this title from Bethany House for the purpose of this review.
Challenging and refreshing - I think these are the first words I would choose to describe this book. Janet Davis offers a journey of self-rediscovery in this book through the examination of some women's lives - the author, some personal acquaintances and biblical characters like Mary and Martha enliven Mrs. Davis's invitation to rethink our own identity. On one hand, it is amazing how today's problems are the same found in the Bible, despite the difference in time and context; on the other hand, I have seldom thought of myself as someone shaped mostly by social expectations, rather than by the gifts and skills God trusted me with.
Written with simple and friendly words, the depth of this book asks the reader to turn pages slowly, as it awakens our insight of our own roles within our lives. Unassertiveness, insecurity, negative preconceptions and willingness to be accepted are some of the issues addressed in this book.
Something that I particularly enjoyed are the questions included before and after each chapter; none are easy to answer, but if done honestly, we would join Mrs. Davis's journey to self-fulfillment and freedom from social expectations, making use of the particular skills and gifts God gave us - those that make us who we actually are, and which can be more gloriously used to live a life to worship Him.
Amazingly personal, I would highly recommend this book to those who would like to have a fresh insight of what a life of worship is.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. This has not biased my opinion on the book or the author in any way.
Within the first few pages, I knew this was a book I could completely relate to, and feel sure that many others will feel the same. As author Janet Davis described a time she had been asked to speak on a topic that she was familiar with and well-versed in, she was full of confidence that this was well within her capabilities. Yet, that insidious inner voice whispered, "Just who do you think you are?" That is a voice I hear so many times, and nearly always let it defeat me. Whether this is a problem you deal with daily, or it just hits now and then, this is a book that will strike a chord with you.
Filled with stories of Biblical women, but often told with a fresh perspective, as well as stories of women Mrs. Davis has counseled with herself, she explores the fears, failures, and lack of confidence that can often strike. Yet each story also brings hope and a glimmer of ability we each have to succeed when we trust Jesus to help each of us lead the life we were meant to have. With the study guide questions at the end of each chapter, this is a good book to utilize to break these chains of fear. This would also make an excellent study for a small group; a support group of friends who will pray, listen, and care about you is essential during those times you find it hard to love or trust yourself.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to give a good review.