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Perfect Lies by Jennifer Crow

on September 25, 2012

About the book:

Are your innermost thoughts robbing you of health and happiness? Jennifer Crow knows what that’s like. She always tried to do everything right—so she was shocked when her seemingly perfect life began to fall apart. Diagnosed with a dozen chronic health issues, she entered a deep depression and spiritual crisis. And as everything unraveled, Jennifer began to see how the perfect lies she’d told herself—lies like “I must prove myself because my worth depends on what I do” and “I must gain the acceptance of others because their opinion matters most”—were literally crippling her body, mind, and soul.

In Perfect Lies, Jennifer reveals nine key lies that held her back, walks us through her journey of miraculous recovery, and shares practical techniques for overcoming these same lies in our own lives and finding true freedom instead.

The book can be purchased at Tyndale.

My Opinion:

At first I was thinking the author was going to tell the reader that once you’re a Christian then your life will go off without a hitch but thankfully that wasn’t her intent even though it seems so at first.  Jennifer describes nine lies that we all at some point or another we believe, such as “I am unlovable”, “I am not angry”, “I am unacceptable”, and more.  While they may not all be something we believe or not, some of us will experience one or more of these in our lives depending upon our circumstances.

Some of us may feel unlovable because of words spoken over us by our parents when we were children, or even as adults.  Some of us may feel we are less than another because of someone’s opinion of us or because of something we may have done that was considered ‘bad’ by another.  Jennifer describes each lie in detail and gives Scripture for us to focus on and aid us in overcoming the lie and moving on past it.  I like the Scripture to ponder at the end of each chapter which tells us how the lie is refuted by God in His Word.

While I liked the book and the overall premise the one thing that I couldn’t figure out or find a Scriptural mandate for was the picture prayer which is where you place yourself in Scripture, say like when Jesus was visiting the city and Zaccheus climbed in the tree – so you picture yourself as unliked as Zaccheus and Jesus coming to your house because you are lovable, liked, and accepted.  So while I found the book useful I didn’t actually do any of the picture prayer exercises she recommends.

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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