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Book Review:: Set Free to Live Free by Saundra Dalton-Smith, M.D.

3 May

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)?

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Book Review:: So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore

27 Apr

Beloved women’s speaker and author Beth Moore’s latest book, So Long, Insecurity (Tyndale), is her most personal book to date.  Moore, who has helped countless ladies break free, get out of pits, and dive deep into Scripture with studies on Jesus, Paul, David, and Esther, is now combating a stronghold in the lives of many women—insecurity.

Moore describes So Long, Insecurity as “one woman’s quest for a real, lasting, soul-changing security” in God, instead of finding that security in self or others.  The first part of the book identifies insecurity by its roots stemming from instability in the home, a significant loss, rejection, dramatic change, personal limitations, personal disposition, our culture, and pride.  Moore further explains these “roots of insecurity” and like always uses a ton of Scripture to build her case.

While the book magnifies a woman’s vulnerabilities, particularly involving image, Moore urges women to “press through the discomfort” so that the reader no longer has to “live in denial and bondage.” Being a woman who battles a ton of insecurity, I didn’t just read So Long, Insecurity objectively; I took Moore’s advice to heart.  I saw myself in so many of her illustrations; I knew my heart was ready for a revolution.

Fortunately, Moore doesn’t just identify and define all areas of insecurity she’s also givse us a look at a man’s insecurities.  She also offers practical advice saturated in Scripture that allows women to immediately begin their journeys toward freedom.  I cannot more highly recommend this book for every woman out there who hates her reflection in the mirror, who is exhausted from the illusion of perfectionism, who thinks she is unworthy of love, who was born on planet Earth.

So Long, Insecurity has tremendously impacted my life, the way I think about myself, and the way I know that God relates to me.  Because of the life-changing content and prayer exercises, the book can take a while to read.  But, remember, insecurity took years to take hold, so it won’t just magically disappear overnight.  Reading this book changed my life and had emboldened me to live a life secure in the love of God.  If you are a captive in the prison of insecurity, then So Long, Insecurity is your key to freedom.

[FTC Disclosure:: Thank you to my fine friends at Tyndale House Publishers for hooking me up with a review copy of this marvelous book!]

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