I chose to read this book simply because it seemed to be a popular women’s bible study. I have also heard from other women many good things about Nancy DeMoss as an author. Unfortunately, I immediately regretted it.
Due to increasing frustrations, I ended up not finishing the book. She has categorized strongholds of sin into the following:
Each category discusses approximately five specific lies. DeMoss’ process includes explaining the lie, offering proof of the lie through personal testimony or research, followed by scriptural evidence to refute the lie, then concluded with her personal encouragement.
Although the concept of the book seems intriguing and worthwhile, I was completely unimpressed and frustrated by her bent towards legalism, simplification, and one-size-fits-all solutions. After reading a bit of her background, I came to realize that at the time of her writing this book she had very little experience of her own to have the proper authority to speak on many of the lies she presents. Due to her inexperience in many of the areas, she stretches her thoughts and beliefs too simply and too across the board.
She begins each chapter with an Eve diary entry. The entries are written from the perspective of Eve following the events of the Fall. Obviously these entries are fictional and meant more as a creative writing aspect, but I firmly disliked them. Yes, such a fictional creative writing aspect can prompt one to consider the feelings, emotions, and thoughts of Eve during such a world-changing affair. But in reality, it was completely unnecessary to the book’s goal and stretched way beyond any scriptural Truth. God has provided everything we need to know Him through scripture. We do not need to infer anything further or beyond what He has already given us in His Word.
DeMoss goes beyond overboard to nearly annoying with mentioning the Fall and Eve’s role. I firmly believe she has misinterpreted scripture in regards to the Fall account. I also believe that, of the chapters I read, she misinterpreted scripture and all too often took scripture out of context in order to utilize it for her point of view. She very much seemed to fall into the trap (i.e. lie) that it’s ok to make God smaller than he really is and form Him into the God we want him to be.
Although I disagreed with many of her arguments and thoughts in this book, there were a few that I felt she did well with. But in the end, I was very disappointed in this book and would not recommend to any woman, whether a believer or not.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.