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Sometimes Your Biggest Obstacle Is Yourself

You know you could do great things if you just stopped getting in your own way. But most days, self-doubt, fear, and the seductive whispers of insecurity have you second-guessing yourself--before you've even started.

Writer and speaker Janet Davis shows you how to break the destructive cycle of shame and self-doubt to achieve your full potential. Through lessons from her own life and examples of modern and biblical women, she reveals that every woman is called to shine, and you are no exception.
Learn how to break destructive patterns in order to live out your purpose in God's kingdom, bringing the sense of fulfillment you've been longing for.

Study questions also make this a great book for women's small groups.

About the Author

Janet Davis has a master's degree in spiritual nurture (Western Seminary-Seattle) and works as a spiritual director, writer, and speaker after many years in hospital chaplaincy. She has published two books: The Feminine Soul: Surprising Ways the Bible Spe
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Janet Davis refers to herself as "one who gathers stories." She has an MA in Spiritual Nurture (Western Seminary-Seattle) and works as a spiritual director, writer, and speaker after many years in hospital chaplaincy. She has published three books: The Feminine Soul: Surprising Ways the Bible Speaks to Women , originally published by Navpress in 2006. Her second book, Sacred Healing: MRIs, marigolds, and miracles (Twenty-third Publications, 2010), is a collection of vignettes chronicling her experience of her son's diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from a brain tumor. My Own Worst Enemy is Janet's latest release and features the stories of women an Scripture alongside the stories of modern women. Janet is passionate about women and Scripture. She offers spiritual direction in Beaumont and Austin and is a member of Spiritual Directors International and Austin Area Spiritual Director's Association. Janet and Bob, her husband of more than thirty years, live in Austin, Texas. She enjoys their four adult children, gardening, and good food, and maintains a website at www.janetdavisonline.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail Showalter on March 19, 2012
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My Own Worst Enemy is a book for women that tells scriptural stories in a new way while addressing the age old dilemma women face about their own place in the world. It is a valuable read for women who have lived long enough to have faced serious challenges, suffered injustice, and many times have stifled their God-given dreams. It is also a book for women who want to be the complete person God designed them to be in order to bring him glory.

When I read an author that has done the research, historical and Biblical, it opens spiritual pathways for me and I want to read more. Janet's uncovers facets of ancient stories and gives them new life. This book gives me permission to be me and to allow Christ's design to be displayed in me.

Janet's exceptional ability to reveal Biblical truths, with her understanding of the cultural morays of the time, gives depth to many of the messages we were taught as children.

This book is not only deep, it is broad.

It is a book for:
* Women who have been mistreated and misjudged,
* Women who have been led to believe they are `less-than,'
* Women struggling to overcome oppressive religious indoctrination.
* Many of us who were taught not to `shine' too brightly
And it is a book for Christian women in the church who need to better understand and comfort the women in the above list.

The thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter make it a book worthy of study for women who yearn to be the best woman of God thy can be as they partner with him on the journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Jacobsen on July 5, 2012
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What are you thinking? Why did you say that? What makes you so special?
Self-doubt?
Accusation?
Sabotage!
I heard a friend recently describe her heart-pain as the peeling away a bandaid. Along with the sticky tape, comes the hair and flesh. It's painful. No one likes it. There is something worse, though. Debriding. This treatment is used to remove the dead or damaged tissue from a wounded area, usually done in a clinic with a scraping tool, by the wound care specialist. I've been present most times when my husband's doctor used this procedure on his cellulitis infected legs. This man, who used to roll boulders around, load pallets of brick, shovel mounds of topsoil, nearly cried.
As badly as I felt for him, I was glad the wounds were being addressed. They began to heal at a much quicker speed than hidden beneath the dead tissue. Pink, fleshy tissue took over and soon, pain subsided.
Why am I telling you this?
Just this week, I experienced something similar. However, the debriding was of my heart, and the physician--Jesus, through the writing of Janet Davis and her latest release, My Own Worst Enemy: How to stop holding yourself back.
Page after page, Mrs. Davis uncovers another layer coated with lies that have saturated my life. Day after day, I've found myself relating to either her personal example, or the woman she chose to illuminate and examine in Scripture. Each chapter covers an element of our character as women and how words--regardless of intent from their speaker--perceptions, and experiences often sabotage us and keep us from fulfilling the desire of God's heart ... to shine. Whether it be fear of being prideful, or honestly feeling inadequate, Mrs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jlsnydee on June 5, 2012
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My Own Worst Enemy, How To Stop Holding Yourself Back by Janet Davis helps we, as women, to embrace ourselves wholeheartedly. We truly can be our own worst enemies in our lives and we often hold ourselves back from receiving God's best for our lives. We sell ourselves short. One example the author used in the book was of a woman searching the wanted ads in the newspaper hoping to find a job. As she looked over the different job postings, she would talk herself out of every single one of them by telling herself she wasn't good enough, qualified enough, ______ enough. But she truly was. Why do we hold ourselves back? We are afraid of failure. We are afraid to get uncomfortable. And in the process we miss out on success.

This book is filled with real-life stories of women who had to come to the realization that she wasn't living to her full potential and was a victim of self-sabotage. Some of the stories are from the author's own life. Each chapter focuses on one story and a similar story from women of the Bible.

I have mixed feelings about this book. At first I loved it and couldn't put it down. The introduction really hit home to me about how we need to shine as a child of God with the skills and abilities He has blessed us with. Then the first chapter was so profound to me and made me realize that, in my own life, I have been holding myself back. It was my "Aha!" moment that some people talk about. I was so excited to keep reading! And I even told my friends about how good it was! Then as I kept reading, my opinion of the book changed. I'm not really sure why, though. Or maybe the first chapter was so life-changing for me that the other chapter just couldn't compare.

Despite my opinion of the book, I think it is a good read for women.
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