Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Own Worst Enemy by Janet Davis

My Own Worst Enemy, How To Stop Holding Yourself Back by Janet Davis helps we, as women, to embrace ourselves wholeheartedly.  We truly can be our own worst enemies in our lives and we often hold ourselves back from receiving God's best for our lives.  We sell ourselves short.  One example the author used in the book was of a woman searching the wanted ads in the newspaper hoping to find a job.  As she looked over the different job postings, she would talk herself out of every single one of them by telling herself she wasn't good enough, qualified enough, ______ enough.  But she truly was.  Why do we hold ourselves back?  We are afraid of failure.  We are afraid to get uncomfortable.  And in the process we miss out on success. 

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.  We all sell ourselves short in one way or another and this book would be a great tool to help bring those areas to the surface through self-reflection.  

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. 

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