By Donna Landis Because Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician whose patients are mainly women, she brings a unique emotional and physical perspective to her book, Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves. Dalton-Smith identifies these lies as Perfection (Perfection Is the Goal), Envy (I Would Be Happy Too If I Had Her Life), Image (If I Do This I Can Look Like That), Balance (Life Is an All-or-None Activity), Control (Being In Control Is Better Than Spontaneity), Emotions (Emotional Imbalance Is Only for Crazy Women) and Limits (Everything Comes with Conditions).
When I perused the seven lies, I realized I needed to read this book because as a woman I tell myself and believe many lies. While the beginning of the book did not grab me, I was drawn into the book as I explored the seven lies. Dr. Dalton-Smith discusses the way we women continue to tell ourselves untruths that affect the way we live our lives. Consequently, we do not enjoy life or bring glory to God. Instead, we live a life of bondage to a mind-set that paralyzes the joy and freedom that God so wondrously wants to give us.
One of the most helpful and most powerful aspects of this book is the inclusion of many passages of Scripture to set right ways (God’s ways) of thinking into our self-talk. Various translations of Scripture are used to promote understanding of God’s intentions for us in expelling those seven lies from our lives and replacing them with God’s truth of love, joy, and freedom. I plan to re-read several of these chapters to continue to decimate the hold these lies have had on my life. More importantly,Set Free to Live Free points me to reading and believing the Bible so God’s truth will indwell my life continually.
You can download a sample chapter of the book by heading over to Baker Books or by clicking here.
Donna Landis is a retired teacher (over 30 years of teaching kindergarteners was enough). She has one daughter, Amy, who is the head honcho of Backseat Writer. She lives in Pennsylvania and owns a cute dog named Katie.
*Thanks to Baker Publishing Group for my review copy of this book!*
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Which of the 7 lies do you find to be most pressing? Guys, what lies do the ladies in your life struggle with (or perhaps you struggle, too)?