How to Discern a Lie -- By: Lorie Looney Keene
JBMW 13:2 (Winter 2008) p. 90
How to Discern a Lie
*Assistant Director of Women’s Programs
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
From the moment readers pick up the book, Lies Young Women Believe, they are immediately struck by its unique look and format. This book is both visually appealing and intellectually stimulating throughout all fifteen chapters. Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh set out to expose, define, discuss, and disassemble twenty-five of the most common lies that are currently plaguing this generation of young women.
The material is divided into three main sections: “The Landscape of Lies,” “Lies Young Women Believe,” and “Overcoming Lies.” The progression of these three sections allows both the young readers and their teachers to gain a clearer understanding of the biblical principle of how lies enter our minds and hold the potential of taking us captive, unless they are exposed by God’s truth. In section one, DeMoss and Gresh use the biblical account of Eve in the Garden of Eden to explore how Satan historically and currently uses doubt to cause people to believe lies that are in contrast to God’s truth. Readers are encouraged to examine their own progress of dwelling upon ideas, images, and concepts and the radical impact that has upon their understanding of truth and trust in God. Upon completion of the first section, readers are given a firm foundation for exploring twenty-five lies that they may currently believe as truth.
Section two systematically walks the reader through the twenty-five lies, while also breaking them down into digestible categories such as “Lies About God,” “Lies About Satan,” and “Lies About Myself.” The individual categories provide the reader with an example of lies in that appropriate context, related statistics concerning the lie among young adults, Scripture that speaks to the truth needing to be exposed, and personal examples from the authors as to how they or others have intimately dealt with the topic of discussion. In this section, the authors engage some controversial modern lies such as “#24: Having a career outside of the home is more valuable and fulfilling than being ‘just’ a wife and mom,” while boldly presenting what Scripture has to say about them in contrast to what society may have taught. Although each category does not exhaustively cover each lie, there is enough substance to evoke a healthy level of discussion in a small group, or with a parent or trusted church leader.
Section three is perhaps the most essential...
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