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Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero Hardcover – February 12, 2013

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Praise for Girls with Swords

"Lisa Bevere is one of God's most powerful voices for this time in our history. Her heart is for the King and His Kingdom, and to teach God's daughters how to rise up and live out our destiny."
—Sheila Walsh, author of God Loves Broken People and core speaker for Women of Faith

“Girls with Swords is prophetic, biblical, instructive, insightful, and challenging! This is no sweet, girly pep talk; this is powerful stuff for both women and men. We're excited about this book and the potential impact for the church around the globe.”
—Judah and Chelsea Smith, pastors, The City Church, Kirkland, WA

Girls with Swords is a prophetic declaration for our time, calling God’s daughters to skillfully wield the sword of his Word. Lisa Bevere has a God mandate to unveil our strength in bringing healing, righteousness, and restoration to our world. Read this book with fair warning: you are about to engage in a powerfully courageous life!”
—Christine Caine, author of Undaunted and cofounder of the A21 Campaign 

Girls with Swords is a prophetic declaration for our time, calling God’s daughters to skillfully wield the sword of his Word. Lisa Bevere has a God-mandate to unveil your strength in bringing healing, righteousness, and restoration to our world. Read this book with fair warning: you are about to engage in a powerfully courageous life!” 
—Christine Caine, author of Undaunted and cofounder of The A21 Campaign
“As you read Girls With Swords you’ll be empowered to face your challenges with boldness and learn to live like a hero.” 
—Robert and Debbie Morris, pastors, Gateway Church, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Co-authors of The Blessed Marriage.

 “We are living at an amazing time in history; there is so much pain, suffering and heartbreak on the planet today- and at the same time such a great opportunity to bring change and be a part of the solution. In her own unique style, Lisa Bevere encourages the King’s daughters to understand that we are a part of an epic battle and that we need to be prepared. This is not the time to draw back!  Read Girls with Swords and join the growing company of women who are rising strong on the earth!” 
—Holly Wagner, founder of GodChicks, author of WarriorChicks

“In Girls with Swords, Lisa Bevere once again draws out the hero within and encourages us to become all God has created us to be. Her zeal to see the church united and wielding the word of God is inspiring and alive. No matter where you are in life, this message will empower you to “reforge your sword” and bravely face daily battles with courage and truth.” 
—Stovall and Kerri Weems, pastors, Celebration Church, Jacksonville, Florida

“‘God’s word is a God sword.’ I love this analogy. Through forging scintillating concepts and analogies in this book, Lisa has managed to excel at spreading enthusiasm for having ‘an intuitive awareness of our opponent’s next move.’”
—Dr. Caroline Leaf, cognitive neuroscientist and communication pathologist and author of Who Switched Off My Brain?

 
“God's word is a God sword.’ I love this analogy. Through forging scintillating concepts and analogies in this book, Lisa has managed to excel at spreading enthusiasm for having ‘an intuitive awareness of our opponents next move.”
—Dr. Caroline Leaf, Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist, author of Who Switched Off My Brain?
 “Girls With Swords is a brilliant display of Lisa Bevere's God-given ability to encourage and equip women to be restored, retooled, and repositioned to take their place in this epic battle and defeat the enemy who has intentionally targeted women throughout history.” 
—Chris and Joy Hill, pastors, The Potter's House, Denver

 “We have been privileged to feature Lisa Bevere frequently on our “LIFE Today” telecast. Through years of international ministry—including Asia, where she joined with our missions team to help women victimized by human trafficking. she has become well aware of the battles that can only be won with the sword of God’s Word. Her message will help inspire and prepare women, in particular, for spiritual warfare.”
—James and Betty Robison, LIFE Outreach International

“Women, take up your swords! This book will give you new strength as you prepare to fight your battles armed with the truth of God. Get ready to be challenged and inspired by Girls with Swords.”
—Craig and Amy Groeschel, pastors, LifeChurch.tv

“In Girls With Swords you will be challenged to join the ranks of Christians who are already moving forward in their faith.  Don’t be taken out of the fight!  Stand firm and experience spiritual victory.”
—Pastor Steven and Holly Furtick, Elevation Church, Charlotte 
 

About the Author

Lisa Bevere is an international speaker, best-selling author, and co-founder of Messenger International. In her transparent style, Lisa shares God’s Word woven with personal experiences to empower lives with freedom and transformation. Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for change, she rallies others to be an answer to desperate problems near and far. Lisa begins her days with mochas and ends them laughing around the dinner table. Lisa lives in Colorado Springs with the love of her life, author and speaker John Bevere, and their family.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307457818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307457813
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you desire to do more for God but have not known how. If you have desired victory but you feel worn and weak. If you have always felt there was more to you and the life you are living now, then Girls With Swords is for you. This book is full of truth and everything you need to live above your circumstances, above mediocrity, above so much more than what life brings your way, Girls with Swords is for you. Whether you have been walking with God for years or a day, Girls with Swords is for you. This is not just another feel good book but a book full of the word of God that will forever change your life. It is full of power and everything we need to walk out of the shadows, into the light and into victory! It stirred my heart and let me see that I can be a hero. I can walk with my head held high and confident, not in my abilities but in the power I have received by being a daughter of the Most High. The days of being quiet and staying in the background are gone. The day for us to arise as women and take up our cross is now!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Lisa Bevere's book, Girls With Swords, encourages women to be the heroes God designed them to be in an age when Satan is full-out attacking women through prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse and genocide. It's a book about spiritual warfare, spiritual growth, and discernment.

Her premise and the way she walks through each mention of 'sword' in Scripture was innovative and enlightening. I liked how she covered topics such as remaining silent when others speak out against us and about needing to know the fullness of God's Word and not just spiritual catch-phrases and the highlight moments of the Bible.

Perhaps my chief disagreement with the book was the way some of the points seemed stretched and ill-fitting. Fencing terms and random other sword history or information about swords may be intriguing, but much better to work from the Biblical discussion of swords and move out from there--not the other way around. I wasn't convinced by her explanation that 'God's word' was close to "God sword" to make the connection. How about instead relying on Ephesians 6:17 in its discussion of the "sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"? No need for 'fancy footwork' to make that point. Because she used anything that related to a sword as the basis for each chapter, the overall progression of the book seemed choppy and occasionally jarring and confusing.

With that said, I loved some of Bevere's points in this book and have many statements underlined so I can return to them and remember. She writes with clarity and directness and her passion for God's Word is unmistakable. That alone can stir readers up to take a stand and fight battles with the Word of God as our source of strength.

I received this book free from the publisher.
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Format: Paperback
I wanted to love this book. It has such a catchy title. I've been reading a lot about spiritual warfare lately and I thought this book was going to really add to that study. I saw the War Room movie and loved it so much, I thought this book was an excellent companion to it. I did love the book for the first few pages, but you don't have to get far in to see that the entire book should have been a blog article or a pamphlet. She repeats herself over and over and over and over. How many times can you say the exact same thing with some different words and make the same generalizations? Well if you're Lisa Bevere the answer is a whole bunch.

We are doing it in my Bible study group, so I have to gag my way through it but the more I read it, the more I hate this book. It is full of silly cliches and generalizations that go nowhere. She really reaches hard with her sword analogies to the point they just become funny. "God's word is God sword." I literally said "Oh come on!" out loud when I read that. She does know the Bible was not written in English right?

Parts of the book are just plain offensive and really skirt the edges of not being biblical. In the beginning she basically says that God told her to write the book and all the things God said to her. That sort of thinking is so incredibly dangerous. It's not that I doubt she heard God's voice. That is not for me to judge and many people have the same experience. But to write a book about scripture and posture yourself as some sort of divinely inspired expert as if God is writing through you... that is dangerous. The BIBLE is the only authority and the ONLY word of God. Once you put your own spin on it and you write a book about the Bible, then it's subject to all the issues of sin and humanity that we deal with.
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Format: Hardcover
Girls with Swords: How to Carry your Cross like a Hero is Lisa Bevere’s latest book. I wanted to like this book. One of my “book buddies” at church loves her husband’s books, so I started into this book hopeful, only to soon feel she was stretching to reach her analogies. For instance, she uses the fact that the word sword is found in the words “God’S WORD”. To me this means nothing except she is trying to find anything to make her points. I would be much more impressed if that was the case in Greek as that was the language in which the New Testament was written.

I also disagree with her statement on pages 68-69:

“I don’t think the rulers of that age were particularly surprised that Jesus rose from the dead. They had seen the dead raised before, and Jesus had told everyone he would rise after three days.”

When it says in John chapter two:

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple and the building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 22 When there he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they belied the scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

I don’t believe that when Jesus’ own disciples did not understand until after the Resurrection that it was going to happen that the rulers had more spiritual insight than Jesus’ disciples.

She also quotes generously from The Message which is not the most accurate Bible translation available. It’s good for a devotional, but I prefer a more accurate translation.

I felt the theology was a bit off as well.
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