There are so many "how to" books out there it is staggering. So when i read this type of book i am a bit leery....unless they point to God and His Word, which is exactly what this book does.
Janet's goal for this book is to show us how to break the destructive cycle of shame and self-doubt to achieve your full potential. Through her own life lessons, examples of modern and biblical women,she reveals every women is called to shine, and you are no exception.
The sections are titled as follows:
1) Many Faces, specks of stories gathered around three different subtly self-sabotaging patterns of living: the unimagined life, the unworthy life, and the unlived life.
2) Many Phases, highlights different seasons in my own life
3) Choices Along the Way, highlights healthy and proactive choices that can offer us more freedom from destructive web in which we find ourselves.
Luke 4:18-19 (KJV)
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
In each chapter Janet shares a story about a friend or herself and then weaves in a story from the Bible. She then breaks it down into a study at the end. She helps you to dig deeper into Gods Word and to see how we react to whatever comes our way and points to how we should react according to His word.
It is very easy to understand and to apply to your life because of the Biblical truths.
God wants the best for us and we all need to seek Him and His Word, this book is helpful to not let ourselves be defeated no matter what we have been through or are going through right now...and to let HIS light shine through you!
Its an encouraging book and i recommend it for you to read and do the studies..
Women, we sometimes sabotage ourselves, don't we? Janet found out she did. She writes, "I had met the enemy and she was me." (15) You are a nobody, she thought. You have nothing to say.
She knew her thoughts had become a hindrance to living out the fullness God had created her to be. Realizing that, she began a focused journey. She talked to other women. Many suspected the God-sourced light within them had become hidden. They realized their internal dialogue was harsh and they did not understand the enemy within.
Janet has gathered stories, modern and biblical, each illustrating an aspect of the struggle with self-sabotage. She writes about the unimagined life, the unworthy life, and the unlived life. She adds her own stories, highlighting the various seasons in her own struggle. Janet finishes her book by writing about healthy and proactive choices, choices offering freedom.
I really appreciated reading about the difficulties women have with self-awareness (living miserable lives and not even noticing), feeling unworthy (knowing the ugliness within), and poor identity (the crumbs are enough).
Janet reminds us we are called to creative and to shine. We can make the wise and healing choices that culminate in saying yes to God.
Thought provoking questions have been placed at the end of each chapter. We are asked to think about our own story, the pain, the emotions, the impact of others, etc. The answers to these questions could be very revealing and I would suggest they be answered in a group of trusted friends. One could also answer the questions privately, perhaps keeping a journal. In many cases, answering the questions were more powerful toward transformation than reading the text.
If you think you are your worst enemy, if you think you are a nobody or that you have nothing to offer God, read this book. You will find that God greatly values your gifts, your voice, and your womanhood. Janet's prayer is that by reading this book, "you will have experienced the lavish love of God for your feminine soul in new and deeper ways." (248) It is time to get rid of the self-sabotage, to stand tall and shine like never before!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
This book explores the idea that women are their own worst enemy when trying to discover and accept themselves for who they really are. The author examines ways women sabotage their own progress in gaining a positive view of who they were created to be.
There were many positives about this book. I thought the numerous examples from the Bible used were a great way to solidify the principles the author was trying to teach. I liked that the scriptures were right there in the book with the section she was writing about so you did not have to have a Bible handy for each reference mentioned. I also liked the loving manner of the author's writing style. I felt the author's book was written from a non-judgmental viewpoint.
On the negative side I felt like the book really sat on certain points too long. You can make your point with one or two examples and then move onto the next one. With that said, I still enjoyed the book and feel like it is an excellent book for any woman struggling with low self-esteem. There are questions at the end of each chapter that can really help you make this book and its principles a very personal journey. If you take the time to do each question you can not help but grow more into the person God created you to be.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
My Own Worst Enemy written by Janet Davis and published by Bethany House Publishers is definitely a great book. I felt as though this book was written specifically for me. I have been my own worst enemy. The author writes about how we (women) self-sabotage by denying ourselves the opportunity to shine. We convince ourselves that we are not worthy, even though it is our calling, God's desire for us to shine. The gifts that God has given sometimes remain unused. Our dreams go unfulfilled because we don't permit ourselves to move forward. The author provides insight on several women in the bible, however I admire the qualities of the woman in Mark 7:24-30. The boldness and humility she showed even though rejection by Jesus was a possibility. She wasn't stopped by fear and knew she was worthy of something. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read such an empowering book. I can relate to some of the issues discussed. After reading this book I was truly inspired. The questions at end of each chapter were also helpful. An opportunity to express our feelings regarding decisions and experiences which also aids in moving forward. This book is truly a book of wisdom and encouragement.
My Own Worst Enemy:How to stop holding yourself back is by Janet Davis, a new author to me. Honestly I picked this book because I didn't like the other choices so I wasn't really excited about reading this one either. I figured it would be another "encouragement but no real help or info" type of book. I was pleasantly surprised.
I LOVE how this book is written, the format. Davis will start out the chapter with a poem or saying and then ask a question or tell the reader to consider something. This could easily be a type of Bible study.
Here is an example of her trying to engage the reader in the material, "Make a list of ten words or phrases that describe the essence of you. Do no t include roles you play, things you do, or character qualities you have honed through the years. Include that make you uniquely you."
After each "consider" she moves on to tell a true story about someone she met or a certain time in her life. I really like hearing other people's stories instead of someone just telling me everything will be ok, you need to do these things to be happier but where is the proof? And it is always nice to know that there are others who struggle with things just like I do.
Here is where it becomes interesting! Davis will stop her story telling in the middle and start talking about a woman in the Bible. This part I really was surprised about because often times the little verses authors add don't make sense to me, if I'm honest about it. So she weaves in this story about the life of a woman in the Bible. Many of the stories I had never heard of before or really thought about from their perspective. Sure I've thought about Ruth's perspective on life but what about Naomi?
After reading a thought provoking story she found in the Bible, Davis finishes her earlier story about her friend or herself. At the end of each chapter she includes something called "Your Story" which is just a bunch of questions to help engage you more in the book.
I really enjoyed this book and it would be a good Bible study material for groups or just yourself. She really gets to how women feel about themselves and how to overcome certain things that overcome women on a daily basis. I would recommend this book to any woman I know.
"I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review"