This book is great. I have not read the whole book yet. However, I am loving it. Lisa helps women to embrace their identitiy in Christ through encouraging women to know God & his promises for his children. It's through this discovery of God that our true identity is revealed. It is a must read.
Without Rival is my first introduction to Lisa's work and it was certainly an introduction. Tackling the topic of rivalry is not an easy one but Lisa presents a well rounded approach to the topic that feels full of openness and common sense wisdom. Lisa's personality seemed to leap out off the pages, allowing me, a relative newbie to her work, to more easily enter her work and assisted me in looking through her eyes. Lisa's passion for women and their ability to live vibrantly within God's calling on their life shows on each page.
I personally enjoyed the variety of ways and the thoroughness which Lisa brought to her book. Whether it was looking at gender issues, self image, our understanding of God, or even the value of rivalry Lisa laid out intriguing lessons and arguments regarding her views on the role these aspects should vs. how they do play out in everyday life. Her layout, especially in the first half of the book was also helpful as the chapters felt more connected and strengthened by one another.
While there are areas where are theology diverges(mostly in the final chapters), Without Rival sticks close to scripture for much of its inspiration allowing the majority of the book to appeal beyond denomination preference.
4 out of 5 stars
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."