Thursday, August 16, 2012

Perfect Lies


Title:  Perfect Lies
Author:  Jennifer Crow
Pages:  288
Year:  2012
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                One of the characteristics of this book is exalting the Word of God in breaking down the lies that can ensnare any of us in life.  The second characteristic is the author’s willingness to openly share about her own battles and the way God led her through to the other side of her dark tunnel.  I am reminded of the book of Hebrews that tells us we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses; it was true when it was written, and it is true today.
                Jennifer Crow shares in a way that engages the reader to understand the nine lies that held her captive along with the emotional responses that can accompany those particular lies.  Jennifer shares how God taught her to picture the truths He was revealing to break the pictures of the lies she was living by.  Her testimony is moving as she describes how God met her where she was and healed her.  Then, she shares how others may be able to use the same path towards freedom today.
                The nine lies stated are not to be looked upon as comprehensive, only what the author experienced as well as identified in her life.  The nine lies had to deal with feelings of being:  unlovable, worthless, unacceptable, unable, being a target, not to get angry, being bad, in danger, and being deprived.  Throughout the book, there is never a hint of condemnation from the author, only a heart that seeks to help others take time to allow God’s Word to transform their thinking.  When our minds are transformed, our bodies will respond accordingly.
                The focus of the author is seeking God and His Word daily instead of focusing on circumstances, people, etc…  We all think and feel; the choice is what are we thinking about and what feelings those thoughts are producing.  Meditation has been misunderstood for many reasons, and in the final chapter the author answers questions about concerns raised by others regarding meditation. 
                At the conclusion of the chapter, there are Scriptures provided to think about, statements to ponder, and a picture to help solidify the Truth of the Bible.  I remember reading where Brother Lawrence talked about practicing the Presence of God each day.  Whether you use Jennifer’s method or not is not the focus; it is to learn to take time to set our minds on God and His Word.  Like the Psalmist tells us, be still and know that He is God.  In our lives today, we are busy with many things.  The call to spend times to purposefully focus on His Word and Him is a reminder of what is truly important.
My rating for this book is 3 stars.              
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