Note: This is not a book recommendation.
The other day I saw three women talking and reading together at Einstein’s bagels, where I went for breakfast and to work on my own book. I guessed they were Christians because one woman had a fat leather-covered Bible. The book they were reading was called “Lies Women Believe.” Being the nosey thing that I am, I had to look it up on Amazon. Here’s what I found:
The lies Christian women believe are at the root of their struggles. In Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss exposes areas of deception common to many Christian women — lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She deals honestly with women’s delusions and illusions and then gently leads them to the truth of God’s word that leads to true freedom.Walking in Truth, the companion study to Lies Women Believe will help women go deeper into God’s Word, walk more fully in His grace, and experience the joy of the abundant life Christ promised.
Here are a few lies the author says women believe:
- Lies about themselves: I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings.
- Lies about sin: I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin.
- Lies about their marriage: If I submit to my husband, I will be miserable.
- Lies about their emotions: I can’t control my emotions.
- Lies about their circumstances: I just can’t take any more.
Of course, all of the answers are in the Bible, according to the author. Just reading this short list made me want to puke, so I don’t think I’ll be reading the book.
I’d like to point out some other lies that women believe. Thankfully, skepchicks don’t fall for this kind of crap:
- Lies about themselves: Fulfilling your longings is selfish and evil. Women should never put themselves first. Jesus, Others, You is the way to JOY.
- Lies about sin: Sin is a real thing that you should worry about. Offending God is really, really bad, even worse than committing crimes that actually hurt people.
- Lies about their marriage: You should submit to your husband but your husband doesn’t have to submit to you.
- Lies about their emotions: Emotions are a sign of weakness or evil and only women have emotions.
- Lies about their circumstances: Women are weak and need help from God or men to deal with daily stresses.
As I’ve been reading Infidel (I will start posting some discussions about the book this weekend, so I hope you’ve been reading!), I found myself getting pissed off about the way Islam treats women; but in truth, Christianity is not much better. The outer details may differ and seem less extreme, but the ineternal misogyny is the same. Patriarchal monotheism is a real downer for women. I can’t understand how any strong, independent woman would want to follow such a religion. The biggest lie women believe is that the Bible can tell them the best way to live in the 21st century. It makes me cry. OK, well almost, because I can control my sappy, weak, female emotions.