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Tyndale House Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life

Jennifer seemed to have everything---yet she was constantly fighting secret fears that churned in her mind. Then a major health crisis revealed that her negative thoughts were literally crippling her! Here she walks you through her miraculous recovery, helps you identify the lies you believe, and shares practical techniques for finding true freedom. 256 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
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Review 1 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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Interesting Read

Date:November 7, 2012
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Location:El Cajon, CA
Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life is a book written by Jennifer Crow. To the outside world, Jennifer seemed to have a perfect life but she began having health problems and became depressed. Jennifer realized that she had been accepting the devil's perfect lies and it was affecting her mind and body. Some of the lies she believed: I am unlovable, I am worthless, and I am unacceptable. She eventually found a (non-Christian) counselor that helped her to combine meditative prayer with the truths she knew about God. As Jennifer got her health back, she wanted to share the practical techniques she learned with others so they could lead a healthy and joy-filled life. Each chapter of the book identified each lie, then took the reader through something called a picture prayer exercise. The end of each chapter also provided statements and scriptures to ponder. I'm not sure how effective the picture prayer exercises are, but I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to try a different technique to stop feeling unworthy and start feeling joy in their life. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Review 2 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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This is a great book about Christian living

Date:September 13, 2012
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This book is not for the faint-of-heart. In fact, it takes courage to read this book and place ourselves in Jennifer's place. For, her story touches the lives and lies of every reader. We all have lies we live behind, in order to survive. But, is this the life that Christ wants us to live?
Jennifer takes us through 9 lies that chip away at our family relationships, physical health, mental wellness, and our relationship with the Lord. She teaches you about the lie and the ways in which it manifests itself. Here are a few of the lies that she lists and tackles in her book:
1. Perfect Lie Number One: I Am Unlovable
2. Perfect Lie Number Three: I Am Unacceptable
3. Perfect Le Number Six: I Am Not Angry
4. Perfect Lie Number Nine: I Am Deprived
These are just a few of the life lies Jennifer touches upon. This book helps you to figure out why you are living a particular lie and the ammunition to fight back. This book is a "must-read" for everyone and especially, Christians.
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Review 3 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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Date:September 1, 2012
This book is about Jennifer, a pastor’s wife, who had many struggles, both physical and mental, and her road to healing. Everything looked perfect on the outside but inside she was going through so much inner turmoil. There are nine lies that Jennifer believes people struggle with: I am unlovable, I am worthless, I am unacceptable, I am unable, I am a target, I am not angry, I am bad, I am in danger and I am deprived. In each chapter Jennifer mentions emotions that are associated with each lie. For example, if you believe the lie that you are worthless then you may also be experiencing sadness, depression and inferiority.
Jennifer believes that the Lord healed her through what is called Christian Meditative Prayer. She addressed the lies that she believed through scripture, prayer and meditation. She devotes a chapter at the end of the book to explain what Christian Meditative Prayer is and how to use it. She understands that many people shy away from meditation because often it is associated with New Age. However, she mentions that we are to meditate on the Word of God.
This book spoke to me and has helped me during my own journey to healing. It was an answer to my prayers and I would like to thank Jennifer for sharing her story. I do not agree with everything that is said in this book but I found a lot of the information helpful. I would recommend this book because it helped me. However, I realize that there are many people that may not be able to receive from this book. Regarding meditative prayer, you will have to decide if it is right for you. I believe we are to meditate on the Word of God and the Lord always needs to be our focus.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
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Review 4 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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Healing through Him

Date:August 27, 2012
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Jeannine
Location:New York
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I recently read, and put into practice, the book Perfect Lies by Jennifer Crow.
I was surprised by this book. Pleasantly surprised.
Jennifer Crow is a pastor's wife whose attempts to portray a life of perfection eventually caught up with her and began eating away at her physical health. I read with enormous interest her battles with a variety of emotional and physical illnesses that prevented her from serving her family and her church. Relying on medication, Jennifer Crow was certain of God's promise that He planned for her a a promising future of abundance, but couldn't reconcile that Biblical promise with her reality.
Eventually, Jennifer realized that she needed to steep herself in deep prayer. Meditating on scriptures, and countering her mind's lies with scriptural truth, Jennifer quickly received miraculous healing.
What is different about this book is that Jennifer not only shares her own story of unexpected healing and faith, but she is transparent about the lies she allowed herself to believe. Lies come from the pit of hell, yet we often believe them, running them though our heads over and over again until our whole being is imbued with falsehood. How many of us are consumed with worry, feeling desperate for the world's approval, and subsequently ridden with anxiety? And how many of our health struggles are a result of this?
In an coherent and cohesive fashion, Jennifer guides the reader through her strategy of meditating on scripture, saturating the mind and spirit with God's truth, straight from the Bible. Some Christians may be concerned about the notion of meditation, but rest assured, Jennifer's meditation style requires us to focus on the wisdom of no other but God, actually dissolving the negative effects of false-thinking by creating new, healthy ways of thinking founded solidly on rock.
I was pleased that Jennifer provides numerous relevant verses for us to begin our scriptural meditation, resting in God's love and bathing the mind with his words of health and healing.
It was brave and generous of Jennifer Crow to invite us into her pain, and to share with us her pathway to healing through Jesus Christ. Of all the books I have been provided to review, this one has had the greatest impact on my practice of faith.
Tyndale provided this book to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 5 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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Very good book

Date:July 29, 2012
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Denise
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Perfect Lies by Jennifer Crow promises to take you through nine lies many Christians believe and how they can cause fears, anxieties, stress, and even physical illnesses in the body.
The lies include I Am Unlovable, I Am Worthless, I Am Unacceptable, I Am Unable, I Am A Target, I Am Not Angry, I Am Bad, I Am In Danger, and I Am Deprived.
I could relate at least in some way to all of these lies and enjoyed reading the truths behind them. Jennifer Crow suggests unique meditative prayer to overcome these lies and break their bonds, and ultimately, receive healing both mentally and physically.
I am looking forward to trying this meditative prayer and enjoyed the book very much. Jennifer takes us through her own personal struggles and experiences, along with her health crisis that led her to discovering these lies. The book was interesting and entertaining and I had trouble putting it down. I definitely recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Review 6 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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Not Theologically Sound

Date:July 29, 2012
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I hate it when this happens. I pick out a seemingly innocent Christian nonfiction book and then have to get out the highlighter and pen and start marking up and debating with the author. I was worried right from the start with this book as I read on the back cover “Are your secret, innermost thoughts robbing you of health and happiness?” Ugghhh! How do we get off in America assuming that we are supposed to be healthy and happy all the time. Tell the persecuted Christians they just need to fix their thoughts to be healthy. Anyway, I digress. I was also concerned when I saw her talk about meditative prayer. The Bible does tell us to meditate on the Word of God but nowhere does it say this is some sort of formula of prayer that will heal us. So like I said as I was reading (and I only made it through the first lie) I marked up the text. I want to share my concerns with you.
On page 14 she says, “I believed that God’s will was for me to have an abundant, healthy life.” Ummm where does it say that in Scripture? We are actually promised trials and tribulations. God’s will is not only about having an abundant, healthy life. It is about shaping and refining us which can come through periods of illness and periods of lack.
On pages 17-18 she lists many verses to help support her meditative prayer formula (Romans 12:2, Genesis 24:63, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 19:4,and Psalms 145:5) but all of these examples are about mediating on Scripture not some sort of meditative prayer where you conjer up some image and think/pray on it. We are to mediate on the Word of God, which means to think about it and learn about it, not to just repeat it over and over or take one verse out of context and make a picture to go with it. On page 19 she says, “so I let my imagination go to work.” I know that when the Biblical writers were talking about meditating on the Scriptures they weren’t talking about using your imagination. They were talking about learning the truth.
There were tons of more warning signs such as her telling you what position to take to do meditative prayer and letting you know to use the Scriptures she provided if you want to. I could go on but I think you get the point. This kind of thinking is dangerous. If you want to renew your mind and transform it with the Word of God, then memorize the Word, read it daily, think on it throughout the day, study it; but don’t use your imagination to come up with some weird truth of your own.
So as you have probably already concluded I do not recommend this book. Theology and interpreting Scripture by the historical context and not by our experience is important. Unfortunately that is not the popular American “Christian” way. Just stick with the Word!
I was given a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. Obviously, all views are my own, and the fact I got it for free did not change my opinion. :)
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Review 7 for Perfect Lies: Overcoming Nine Hidden Beliefs That Stand Between You and a Healthy, Joy-Filled Life
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not something I'd recommend

Date:August 14, 2012
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Linda
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I was intrigued by the title, Perfect Lies, which fits the contents of the book nicely. There are a lot of truths in this book and it’s amazing that the author was healed from chronic fatigue, depression and many other health issues, by getting rid of her negative thoughts and spending more time in prayer. She describes in vivid detail how she went about doing that and encourages others to take the same path of healing. It is her story and it’s wonderful that she’s sharing it with others as there may be some people that she’ll be able to help. However, I disagree that so many in this world suffer from some of the same nine lies that plagued her: ‘I am unlovable. I am worthless. I am unacceptable. I am unable. I am a target. I am not angry. I am bad. I am in danger. I am deprived.’ In the beginning of the book she states: “I fell victim to a lie that has plagued the entire human race: I am unlovable.” This book was not what I expected and it left me somewhat disappointed.
In exchange for an honest review, Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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