This is the first book I have read by Lisa, and I loved it. I am putting the rest of her books on my reading list.
Lisas premise is that because we are daughters of an unrivaled God, we have identity without rival, live with a promise without rival, and we are without rival. We as women find it easy to compare, easy to look at the outside and judge without knowing the beauty of the woman or the depth of her suffering.
Lisa expounds on the theme that we are to love others, even when they disappoint us. Because people always disappoint. She states Disappointment is fostered when expectations are not met. Love believes the best, which differs vastly from demands the best. When you expect the best and they do less, you are disappointed. When you believe the best and they do less, then you understand their story is not yet over. A new way of viewing others and having grace for myself.
I really enjoyed her chapter on the difference on being a deep well that refreshes, and a wishing well, a well of empty wishes. The entire book was a refreshing read.
Without Rival by Lisa Bevere is the latest book out from Messenger International. I read this one alongside Lysa Terkeursts Uninvited, and I must say, reading them in conjunction was amazing. However, since I did that and they had similar messages, it was a little hard to separate my opinions of them.
Without Rival centers its message on rivalry, comparison, and rejection within the church, and how women can step up to the roles that Christ intended for them. The first half of the book seemed to just be the author venting on how women were/are treating as less than, and then the second half of the book was really powerful.
I would recommend both Without Rival and Uninvited, but I must say that the latter is an easier read. Both talk about rejection and competition, and both are encouraging, inspiring reads, and I would recommend reading them at the same time like I did (a chapter of one on one day, a chapter of the other the next day). If you dont want to read two books on the same topic, then I would suggest Uninvited over Without Rival. (I realize the irony of comparing two books on comparison, though, in case you were wondering.) Personally, I enjoyed both books, its only that Without Rival was a little harder to read.
Thank you to Net Galley and Revell publishers for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All my opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
This book is so good and many will be set free! I'm going to really have to read it a few times to let all the truths sink in because I still struggle to see my worth and reading a book one time just isn't going to do it. But the Holy Spirit is shining a light and I know eventually the message will take root. So thankful that Lisa took the time and energy to write this book I know many will be helped!
After finishing the book the Lord revealed to me during my quiet time that I am still ashamed of who He created me to be. I am now open to the Lord's correction as I seek to move forward into the person that God created me to be.
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