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My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back Paperback – March 15, 2012
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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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book allowed me to see the many ways I engaged in my personal sabotage. It is so timely, as I recently decide to get up off my mat and begin to walk in faith. Read morePublished 12 months ago by kp
Janet Davis has a great technique of contrasting problems of people today with strengths of Bible people and how we can free ourselves by letting go of old mantras and patterns in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anna Haug
Deeply insightful; providing a thought provoking look at key womeof the Bible. Real encouragement for women seeking to live a life that is used by GodPublished on May 30, 2014 by Margaret Corradino
So helpful! I loved the perspective on the characters taken from scripture. I recommend this to anyone wanting to live the way God intended.Published on April 3, 2014 by Diane Ochs
Another self help book that was written in a way that kept you intrested it the story all the way to the end.Published on March 10, 2014 by Howard Sawyer
If you are woman hiding in your home, calling it humility, ignoring a larger calling to serve the world, this writer will make you squirm. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by D. Ellis Phelps