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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: #705,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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 Speaks to Women and Sacred Healing: MRIs, Marigolds, and Miracles. Janet and Bob, her husband of more than thirty years, live in Austin, Texas. She enjoys their four adult children, gardening, and good food.

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.

Customer Reviews

Janet Davis is a wonderful woman's author.
tacmtz
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.
Gail Showalter
My Own Worst Enemy is an incredible book, encouraging women to grow into all that God has destined us to be.
K. A. Jacobsen

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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 aggiewriter70 on March 25, 2012
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Janet Davis is a spiritual director, writer and speaker in Austin, Texas. Before this, she was a hospital chaplain for many years, and now, she has published a book that probably could be an answer to many readers' own personal journal questions about life and goals. In "My Own Worst Enemy," Davis points out a common factor to many people's problems in life - we are our own worst enemies. She writes, "You know you could do great things if you stopped getting in your own way."

Davis offers life lessons and answers of how to overcome the challenges that we put in our own ways - self-doubt, insecurity and self negative talk - through sharing illustrations from her own life, and of modern and Biblical women.
She shows her readers just how to walk through those "brick walls" so that each one can live out their purposes in God's kingdom, and offers many questions that get the creative juices flowing. As she said, "Every woman is called to shine, and there are no exceptions."

Chapters range from "The Unimagined Life" to "Choosing to tell Your Story," and each one is a pure treasure. There are so many self-help books that inspire, teach and reach and motivate, but Janet Davis' "My Own Worst Enemy," takes the walk with you, holds your hand, pushes you through the doors, and even gives you a kick in the back end when you start stalling.

Find a copy of Janet Davis' book today - it is compact to fit in that brand new totebag and easy to read while you are waiting in the doctor's office or for the kids at band practice or while walking on the treadmill.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Wright on June 20, 2012
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My Own Worst Enemy: How Stop Holding Yourself Back by Janet Davis is a glittering gem of a book. In a time in my reading where I'm tiring of reading Christian self-help, I found this to be a refreshing book. Unlike many of the other books in the market now, this book offers a fresh biblical view on empowerment. It also isn't a narcissistic personal memoir with just enough bible to pretend it is really a biblical self-help book, which seems all too prevalent in the genre. This book is a biblical, practical and applicable volume that could easily be put on the same level as most Stephen Arteburn books.

What I found most refreshing about this book is that Davis not only organizes her information in logical and thoughtful chapters, but also finds a balance between present day stories and biblical ones that illustrate her main ideas. Instead of spending my mental energy trying to figure out how her points fit together, I could really focus on myself and how each main idea could be incorporated into my own personal growth.

As regular readers of the reviews on my blog should know, my pet peeve in Christian literature is the labeling of books as for women or for men. There is so little in biblical Christianity that is gender specific that I cannot imagine why we need the hundreds of gender specific books on whatever topic. With that said, this book is aimed mainly to women and did a very good job of being gender specific without being belittling, contrived or offensive. If you have to have books that pander to one gender verses the other, this is the way to do it.

Overall, I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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