I just finished reading through Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Actually, I went through it once before in a college class, but this time I used it as a part of my devotions. I would definitely recommend it for any of you ladies (or guys, for your significant others, sisters, or moms). It is a good resource for both those who have grown up in the church as well as new believers, applicable for all levels of spiritual maturity, as long as the reader has a tender and open heart towards the Spirit’s convicting power.The main premise of the book is that we, as Christian women, are in bondage to various lies we have believed and acted upon. The key cycle that is pointed out is as follows:
1. We listen to a lie (as Eve listened to the serpent in the Garden of Eden).
2. We dwell on the lie (as Eve engaged the serpent in further discussion).
3. We believe in the lie (as Eve agreed with the serpent and decided to act).
4. We act on the lie (as Eve ate of the fruit and shared with her husband).
After covering this progression from deception to bondage, the major part of the book then delves into different areas of a woman’s life: beliefs about God, self, sin, priorities, marriage, children, emotions, and circumstances. Several commonly-believed lies are mentioned for each section — for instance, a lie about God would be that “He is not enough.” Or a lie about priorities would be that “I don’t have time to do everything.” Or a lie about circumstances would be that “If my circumstances were different, I would be different.”
Each of these lies (and many others) are covered briefly in the chapter about that area of life and countered with truths from Scripture. Also, each chapter ends with a brief recap and a short section of personal reflection — including application questions, Scriptures regarding the truths mentioned in that chapter, and a guideline for prayer regarding change in those areas.
In my opinion, some of the lies and their corresponding truths could be covered in more detail; however, the author’s purpose is not to write an exhaustive work on the subject but rather to give a broad overview of ways that women today are believing lies. The book does end with a section “for further help” – about a dozen pages listing resources on specific issues such as abortion, depression, forgiveness, singleness, and time management.