I’ve said it before, I’m sure I’ll say it again, oh how I hate to write a negative review! Especially about books–as a writer I know how awful it is to have people take what you’ve poured your heart into and rip it to shreds–so although I shall rip–I will *try* to do it gently.
My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back is written to help women stop self sabotaging themselves and learn to shine. While at it’s core and beginning I feel that Janet has some good and valid points I feel like there is some major disconnect somewhere along the way. She uses Bible verses from The Message quite often which many people, teachers, and preachers are quick to point out is meant to be read as a paraphrase of the Bible and not a literal translation. She then proceeds to read between the lines even more by pulling out thoughts which she then treats like doctrine where I cannot see it to be.
While I agree that we should allow God to shine in and *through* us, the Bible as I read it says that we do this to ultimately glorify HIM. Yes it is our gifts that we should use–the ones that HE gives us. I felt that this was getting lost in this book. No matter how I tried I could never get into this book and felt severely disconnected from it while I was reading. Instead of sympathizing with the author I was like the people in the book who she described looking at her a bit askance. I guess I just don’t “get” it. To me it read much, much more as a fluffy “pull yourself up by your bootstraps by living the life YOU deserve” self help book than it was a Biblical based self image perspective book–which is what I was hoping for.
Based on the other Amazon reviews it seems to be a love it or hate it book–so be sure to hop over and read and decide for yourself!
I received this book from Bethany House for my honest review–as you can see I gave it!