One of my daughters, still a teenager, has begun to write reviews of the books she reads. She has been collecting books from my and my parents’ shelves for a couple years now. Her to-read pile is intimidating (picture below). Recently she wrote these reviews.
I finally finished Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Now I’ve wanted to read this book for several years and was thrilled to find on McKay’s shelves sometime last year. However, this book isn’t the most compelling, which is the main reason why I finished it today.
I do like the way the chapters are written. Nancy presents a lie which flies under most radars, explains why it is a lie, and explains the gospel truth that contradicts it. Some of the most interesting lies I discovered were the lies about priorities, emotions, and circumstances. Nancy’s explanations were simple and practical.
What I did not enjoy about this book, the fantasy “diary” of Eve. Every chapter opens with a segment of Eve’s diary, recounting The Fall along with Cain and Abel’s episode. Having Eve narrated by the stereotypical twenty-first century woman was pretty annoying to read. Debates about the historical accuracy of her complaints aside, Eve’s personality was rather whiny and depressed. I get that Nancy opened her chapters like this to give us an example of the lies we were going to bust in action, however, she these diary segments would have done better written from the perspective of some distressed, fictional mother of a twenty-first century family. If that was the case, the diary would have been a bit more relatable, and Nancy could have made her characters as annoying as she liked instead of putting words in the mouths of people who actually lived.
All in all, Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free isn’t a terrible book. I might read it again in ten years, once I finish the three foot stack of books on my dresser.
Get Lost by Dannah Gresh was a very engaging read.
The book is written for high school/college girls who are either in a dating relationship or still looking for Mr. Right in every nook and cranny. Early on, Dannah challenges her readers with a single, yet impactful sentence. “A girl needs to be so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find her.” Get Lost addresses the common girl’s “craving” for a guy’s attention and invites the reader to “get lost” in God’s everlasting love.
The book is divided into three sections: The Craving, The Love Feast, and The Fulfillment. In part two, The Love Feast, Dannah challenges her readers to take dating off the table and dive deeper into God’s word for ten days. Each chapter in this section is written as a morning devotional focusing on a different aspect of God’s character.
Get Lost is chock full of valuable lessons as well as touching stories and illustrations taken from Dannah’s personal life. The book shall be treasured in the stack of books I’ve finished and will hopefully encourage any friend who borrows it.