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Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  12,513 ratings  ·  486 reviews
Counter the lies that keep you from abundant living.

Satan is the master deceiver and his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.

"Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation," says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. "Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Moody Publishers (first published 2000)
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Oct 23, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody!
There are too many dangerous suggestions in this book for me to recommend it to any woman. Nancy Leigh DeMoss takes a very conservative view on gender roles and all domestic issues. I don't consider myself to be a raging feminist, but some of the things she asserts floor me.

First of all, DeMoss isn't married nor does she have children. It takes a very secure person to make the statements she does about marriage and childbearing/rearing. Most of her suggestions are based on her own childhood - wh
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY!
I couldn't sleep after reading chapter seven "about children", her interpretation of the scripture she used for this chapter was reckless. She proclaims to be a Christian woman trying to help other women get free from bondage yet she heaps additional guilt and shame on them. No where in the bible does it state you cannot use methods of family planning, for her to equate birth control or sterilization with abortion is archaic and ridiculous. Jesus was compassionate and loving when he taught and c ...more
After reading several reviews I figured I would hate this book. That I would disdain the chapters about how women's primary purpose is to take care of their husbands and children. That they shouldn't work outside of the home, or be on birth control, etc. Well, I have to say that Ms. DeMoss wrote in such a way that didn't offend me. Not to say that I don't push back against some of what is written. After all I am a working mom who will not be having any more children (unless God decides to change ...more
Jul 27, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Recommended to Awoman by: Church
I attend a conservative ladies Bible study and we are currently on chapter 5 of this book. While I do agree on a number of her views, there are other very disturbing beliefs that she has that I disagree with. I have the newest version of the textbook and workbook and have found it belligerent, demeaning towards women, and dangerous towards vulnerable groups. In chapter 3 she rants about women have no rights and we are not to expect any rights. In chapter 3,section 10 "I HAVE MY RIGHTS" (p. 73- p ...more
Olivia Hieb
Mar 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a Bible study once and absolutely hated it. This woman is not married and doesn't have kids, but she has plenty of opinions about both. While they are supposedly Biblically based, I have to question her interpretation of the Bible in these regards. She sets some pretty unrealistic expectations of people (women especially), and says some even damaging things. Our group didn't even finish the book. ...more
Jaymi Boswell
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
At some point one must use their brain and realize just because a writer says it is of God, does not mean it is.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only read this book because I had heard so much about it, mostly scary stuff, that I had to read it for myself. While I believe in theory some of what the author says, I don't believe for a minute that ALL of today's societal problems, i.e. single motherhood, welfare mothers, broken families, abortion, disruptive children, drug and alcolhol abuse, etc. are to be blamed on us women alone! (And she constantly traces it all back to Eve; basically its all her fault)!! And this what she basically e ...more
Erica Robinson
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I read it with a friend of mine. While we were both shocked and awed by some of the author's very conservative Truths and views, it opened our minds and really made us think about what God wants for us vs. what society says we should want. A good example of that is how wives should submit their husbands. That's a hard one to swallow. The only conclusion after much thinking, for me, was that it's written in the Bible many times. And since I believe what God says is true, ...more
Erika Van
Jul 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite section of the book

The Spirit says: Forgive
The flesh says: hod a grudge

The Spirit says: be temperate
The Flesh says: Eat whatever you want, whenever you feel like it.

The Spirit says: Give that money to someone in need
The Flesh says: Spend the money on Yourself.

The Spirit says: Spend some time in the Word and prayer
The Flesh says: You've had a long day, chill out in front of the TV for the evening.

The Spirit Says: Hold your tongue. What you are about to say is not kind or necessary
The Fle
Jul 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at the suggestion of a girl in my Bible study. She seemed to really like it, and we have similar tastes so I thought it was worth a shot.

I made it through the whole book, but barely. DeMoss seems to think she is an authority on all things female. I'm no feminist, but even I thought she went too far. I completely understand and try to abide by God's wish wives submit to their husbands. However, I felt like she was lecturing me, and for someone with no kids or a husband she seems
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Women
Recommended to Rebekah by: Pat Silva
Just like with any book outside of the Word of God, you cannot ever get 100% truth out of it. This book is a needed tool for this season of history. The Lord is coming back for a spotless and wrinkle free bride. Ignorance of sin does not make it any less sinfull. Having this woman be obedient to the writing of this book, and getting it out there for women to read is awesome. She is not married, nor does she have children, but Jeremiah was young when the Lord called him to prophesy to the nation ...more
Brie B.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Discerning Women
Recommended to Brie by: A church group
Shelves: christian-walk
Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them Free has some very strong opinions about marriage and motherhood from a woman who is neither married nor a mother. Many of her opinions are "biblically based" in short, out of context verses or not supported with biblical Truth at all. DeMoss fails to take into account the changing social structure, economy, and role of the church in our society. I have tried very hard to finish this book and take from it what I can because there are some good bit ...more
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women!, girls!
Shelves: fires-of-sancti
finally! i have embarked!
I will be reading this with Katherine in TW and doing the Bible study along with it. :-)

Different Lies that I've found

- there is not enough time to do everything
Truth: God has given us enough time to do everything in His Timetable. (Jesus Christ was able to finish His salvation plan in 3 years. He didn't do everything his disciples, people around him, etc, wanted him to do, He did what God purposed Him to do)

- There are certain sins that I cannot defeat
Truth: If I am a
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The great illusion of leadership is to think people can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there" - Henri Nouwen

In a nutshell that is what's wrong with this book; Nancy Leigh DeMoss, bless her heart, has never been married but writes about the husband/wife relationship with such absolute authority as though she knows. She does not. It is one thing to carefully read about, write about, explain in detail how to ride a horse; it's another thing altogether to get up on that hors
Kristi Barragán
I read this book probably 5 years ago. I'm so glad the Holy Spirit led me to this book. You will get mad at it because it breaks the stereotypical feminist ideals society has force fed you all your life. If you get mad ..keep reading..eventually you'll become convicted. I recommend this book to every woman. I have bought a copy in Spanish to let my sister-n-laws read it and I've loaned out mine several times. Buy it, read it, and share it with others. While I was reading it I told my husband all ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
We chose this book at church once for a Ladies Bible study, and I did not enjoy the book or study guide questions at all. I am not a fan of Nancy Leigh DeMoss nor of Elisabeth Elliott. They just turn me off. I've heard E.E. speak in person on several occasions and just did not resonate with her; she comes across as too opinionated and presumptuous. Our group took issue with a lot of NLD's assertions, and many of the lies she claims women believe are just a little off base. She had to really pres ...more
DeMoss has been one of my favorite teachers for years. I always come away blessed and convicted. When I skimmed through the Table of Contents, I didn't think I would get much out of this book. So many of the lies I saw I went "No way to I believe that stuff. Intellectually, I don't think that there was a single thing in her believed. However, Lies are like weeds - they are always growing and creeping in unless you are rooting them out. I found that I had let more lies then I thought creep into m ...more
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
this is one book that I will always go back to for a right and true perspective on God and His ways for me. Nancy's insight gives genuine hope for all of us women who need perspective that is true and holy... some of it is not easy to hear but often what is best. ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do not recommend.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of a Bible study with a group of 20-30 something women at my church. I highly recommend reading it in this format. I've read a number of other Christian books dedicated towards women & was highly turned off by the archaic views expressed in this one. However, my group discussed each point, disagreed, &/or affirmed based on our beliefs while using the Bible to support our thoughts whether they were disagreements or affirmations to what the author wrote. Definitely don't read a ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, when I was in my early twenties and the truth and grace in the pages stunned me. At the time, I rejected alot of what she said as it was so countercultural and went against everything society was telling me. But, as Nancy would say, the Word of God does not come back void, and as a pondered and weighed what she had written, as well as searched the Scriptures for myself, I began to open my eyes to many of the lies that I was believing. This book has been such a b ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this I was a bit cautious because it was written by a woman who is not married or has children. I gave it the benefit of the doubt (God can certainly use anyone); however, when she made the statement that people who use any form of birth control have the same attitude as someone who has an abortion, this went into the trash. She clearly puts birth control on the same level as abortion and this was absolutely disgusting to me. Some books I can "agree to disagree" with the o ...more
Jul 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. While there are portions of the book that have good advice and suggestions, there are too many parts that I do not believe are correct to suggest the book to anyone. I can't believe that over one-half million copies of this book have been sold, hopefully people are thinking about what they are reading and not just taking it to be true because it's supposed to be a Christian book. I would argue that some of her assertions are unbiblical, at least f ...more
Anne Rhys
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great thought provoking, convicting and inspiring book for women of all ages.
Beth Peninger
Originally I gave this title 5 stars. I am revising my stars to zero.

The reason I am doing so is that since reading this title, several things about my faith journey and expression have changed and I no longer subscribe to evangelical ideologies.

Additionally, DeMoss is a proponent and enabler of patriarchal culture and I just can't respect that.

I've been wanting to read this book for YEARS. Yes, years. My stack is way too high. :) Loved this book, love the wisd
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
As with many non-fiction "self-help" style books, I typically will make the recommendation to read with the idea of a filter or sieve in mind. Take what you want from the book and leave the rest. Not everyone lives the same way and may not agree with the totality of the contents in a self-help book. In fact, the reader may only agree with parts of it or maybe will not agree with anything at all.

Due to that filter philosophy, I can be pretty openminded with these personal development books and a
Dec 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated the theories put forth by the author.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite author. Legalistic and embraces patriarchal view of marriage and women.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbles upon this book in my church's library, and thought it sounded like an interesting book to read. I thought the author made some wonderful points, and gave many verses to back up each idea. I looked many of the verses up myself, and found most of them to fit well. What struck me the most from the book is what we allow to influence us. What we allow into our homes and our minds really does affect us. Not only does it affect us, but also our children. Years ago my family got rid of cable ...more
Veronica Foley
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wish I could give this book -5 stars. This books sounds clever but it is horrible. The idea is that it is written as a journal entry from Eve in the Garden. It talks about lies women believe and some are actually a really big deal and relevant. However, don't be fooled, this book is just an excuse for a closed-minded Nancy DeMoss to talk about how much of a sinner homosexuals are, how wrong it is to not want children or decide how many children you want, how it is an abomination to be on birth ...more
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Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth also known as Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally-syndicated programs heard each weekday on over 1,000 radio stations. She is a mentor and spiritual mother to thousands of women and a leader of the True Woman movement. ...more

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