Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Lioness Arising, by Lisa Bevere
Lisa Bevere’s, “Lioness Arising,” starts off with her awakening while raising children and wondering if there was more for her and the comparison of the lioness begins. In chapter one she states, “I would just smile, content that I was no longer a frightened, timid, domestic cat.” Later on in chapter one you almost get on board with the lioness comparison when she says, “More than any other creature, the lioness makes me proud to be a female. There is no doubting her strength. I also imagine there is no creature that makes a man prouder to be a male than the lion. The lion is the king of the jungle, and there is no question about who is the queen.”
Chapter three is where Bevere addresses the reason I chose to review the book in the first place. Referring to Luke 4:18-19 she states, “ If the Spirit of God was placed on Jesus to do all these things, and if we are born of this same Spirit, then we are to do as he did—preach the good news to the poor, set the burdened and battered free… In light of this charge, God does not need a band of domesticated daughters who spend their days baking and behaving well.” Then she goes on to give biblical examples of women God chose to change history, Deborah, Jael, Tamar, Esther, etc.
Bevere concludes her book a reminder that the lion we are following is Jesus. We are not to fear our future because the author of life is leading us. The last chapter begins appropriately with a quote by Winston Churchill, “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar.”
Thanks to Blogging for Books for a complementary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.