Discerning Reader Editorial Review
Reviewed 08/24/2010 by Leslie Wiggins.
Recommended. An eye-opening resource for teenage girls who want to fight the lies that can so easily ensnare them.
Following the success of Lies Women Believe, author Nancy Leigh DeMoss joined forces with Dannah Gresh, author of And The Bride Wore White and co-founder of Pure Freedom, a ministry equipping men and women of all ages to a vibrant life of purity, to create Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free (LYWB).
To research this generation of young women, DeMoss and Gresh spoke to more than 1,000 teen girls in ten different cities across the United States. Each young woman participated in a survey. But some 100 girls participated in an informal, two-hour discussion group. The survey results and discussions provided the foundation for the book's 25 most commonly believed lies among young women. DeMoss and Gresh identified 25 lies and grouped them into 12 categories: lies about God, lies about Satan, lies about myself, lies about guys, lies about relationships, lies about my faith, lies about sin, lies about media, and lies about the future.
Following an explanation of the first deception in the Garden of Eden, DeMoss and Gresh teach about the nature of deception and how a young woman can know when she believes a lie. The remedy is a relentless pursuit of the Truth, Jesus Christ.
It's not enough to know that the source of lies is Satan or even to realize how you have cooperated with him to empower lies. You've got to become familiar and saturated with Truth...Jesus Himself said, 'I am the way, and the Truth, and the life' (John 14:6). He is the definition of Truth. He is the perfect standard; He determines what is right and good and true. Jesus reveals the Truth to us. He does this through the written Word of God – the Bible! In fact, 'the Word,' is actually one of Jesus' names (John 1:14).
LYWB shares many similarities with its grown-up counterpart; however, it is uniquely designed to appeal to 13-18 year-old young women. The bright pink and green cover art is eye-catching; the floral theme, call-out boxes and font changes make the pages interesting and fun. There are content differences as well: LYWB includes chapters on the powerful influences of technology and media in the lives of young women. One other topic DeMoss and Gresh tackle is the close relationship a young woman can build with her youth pastor, who has considerable influence over a girl's relationship with God. Rather than providing several specific questions to answer at the end of each chapter, DeMoss and Gresh simply encourage the reader to write in a journal what she is thinking, feeling, and any lessons God is teaching her. The book also includes a special tear out quick-reference section designed to be put on a mirror or locker door.
You may be reading this review and thinking that LYWB is not a book you need to read. Perhaps you are not deceived nor believing any lies. However, DeMoss and Gresh want you to know that "you are still a part of this crisis." You may be a truth speaker for your generation; you can be a young woman who helps other young women break free from their bondage to sin.
This book is appropriate for teens, especially those 15 and up. (My oldest daughter is almost 12 and, while I would not want her to start reading this book tomorrow, I do not think I will have any trouble passing it to her in a few more years.). DeMoss and Gresh encourage young women to read this book with their friends.
I do have one minor note of caution. Some of the situations DeMoss and Gresh feature as examples of what girls are going through these days are graphic and potentially offensive - think incestuous, abusive relationships and behaviors. Moms will want take care regarding these examples if a daughter is especially sensitive/tender-hearted when it comes to the plights of other girls, or if a daughter is immature. Women who are leading youth: this would be a good book to read with the girls in your group, but be sure to obtain parents' permissions first.