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What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it? Move beyond only study and begin to wield the Word of God! “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” —Jesus If there ever was a time for women to be armed, it’s now. Yet the Word of God is a sword we often are more comfortable What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it?  Move beyond only study and begin to wield the Word of God!     “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” —Jesus   If there ever was a time for women to be armed, it’s now.   Yet the Word of God is a sword we often are more comfortable studying than wielding. It’s time we give girls swords and watch them connect heaven to earth. Worldwide, women are the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even gendercide. Lisa Bevere writes that these attacks say more about who women might be in the future than who they have been in the past. In Girls with Swords she explains a spiritual enemy is seeking to disarm women on every level. It’s time women become the heroes God created them to be and stand—courageous, discerning, forgiving, and wise.   Creatively forging the imagery of swords, the Word of God, and the Cross, Girls with Swords  will teach you:   •      How to speak the language of heaven on earth •      What it means to intercede •      What it means to carry your cross •      What it means to be discerning •      How to disarm the enemy •      Why women are the enemy’s target—and why God needs them to be heroes   It’s time to take up your sword and be a hero.


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What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it? Move beyond only study and begin to wield the Word of God! “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” —Jesus If there ever was a time for women to be armed, it’s now. Yet the Word of God is a sword we often are more comfortable What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it?  Move beyond only study and begin to wield the Word of God!     “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” —Jesus   If there ever was a time for women to be armed, it’s now.   Yet the Word of God is a sword we often are more comfortable studying than wielding. It’s time we give girls swords and watch them connect heaven to earth. Worldwide, women are the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even gendercide. Lisa Bevere writes that these attacks say more about who women might be in the future than who they have been in the past. In Girls with Swords she explains a spiritual enemy is seeking to disarm women on every level. It’s time women become the heroes God created them to be and stand—courageous, discerning, forgiving, and wise.   Creatively forging the imagery of swords, the Word of God, and the Cross, Girls with Swords  will teach you:   •      How to speak the language of heaven on earth •      What it means to intercede •      What it means to carry your cross •      What it means to be discerning •      How to disarm the enemy •      Why women are the enemy’s target—and why God needs them to be heroes   It’s time to take up your sword and be a hero.

30 review for Girls with Swords: Why Women Need to Fight Spiritual Battles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This wasn't really what I was expecting. I honestly could have skipped the whole first section up to chapter 6, which along with a passage in chapter 8, was the most meat in the book. I guess I thought it was going to be more about spiritual warfare in a direct, applicable way, rather than descriptions of how to use God's word as a spiritual weapon. The final chapter was heavy on repetition and was one of the more difficult for me to stay focused on. As other reviewers have noted, Bevere relies This wasn't really what I was expecting. I honestly could have skipped the whole first section up to chapter 6, which along with a passage in chapter 8, was the most meat in the book. I guess I thought it was going to be more about spiritual warfare in a direct, applicable way, rather than descriptions of how to use God's word as a spiritual weapon. The final chapter was heavy on repetition and was one of the more difficult for me to stay focused on. As other reviewers have noted, Bevere relies heavily on the Message translation, which I feel is fine for everyday reading but when it comes to serious study, I'm not particularly confident in its accuracy. The personal anecdotes/experiences were more helpful than a lot of the rest of the text, and I also feel there should have been some caution about the human tendency to manipulate prayer and Scripture to meet our own ends. Ok for a small group read/discussion, but if you're really wanting to dig in, I would suggest looking elsewhere.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Ketter

    “…know the weight of your moment in history…” – Girls With Swords Do you know that you have a divine purpose and have been chosen, equipped, armed and commissioned as a strategic part of this spiritual battle raging daily around us? C.S. Lewis said: ”There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God, and counter-claimed by Satan.” Too few recognize that they have been divinely placed in where they are and in the time that they are in for a reason. “…know the weight of your moment in history…” – Girls With Swords Do you know that you have a divine purpose and have been chosen, equipped, armed and commissioned as a strategic part of this spiritual battle raging daily around us? C.S. Lewis said: ”There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God, and counter-claimed by Satan.” Too few recognize that they have been divinely placed in where they are and in the time that they are in for a reason. It is time for women to reach a recognition of position. As daughters of the King there is a measure of authority that you walk in. However, it is your choice as to the position that you take in this battle be it an unarmed civilian, victim, a prisoner of war, or a hero. There is no safe middle ground. Lisa states that women taking hold of their identity is a crucial part to taking up their swords (the Word of God) with the power and authority that is delegated to them. Riddled with profound truths Girls With Swords is a must-read for women. It is all about recognition of position and recognition of who God is. You are a target. The attacks that you experience have much more to do with who you might be in the future than who you have been in the past. “…know the weight of your moment in history…” If you have ever wondered why you are here, what your purpose is, who you are or why you are in the circumstances that you are, this is the book to read. You have a divine purpose in your time at this very moment. Girls With Swords will open your eyes to the war, the weapons and the worth! I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wilson

    Girls with Swords: How to Carry your Cross like a Hero is Lisa Bevere’s latest book. I wanted to like this book. One of my “book buddies” at church loves her husband’s books, so I started into this book hopeful, only to soon feel she was stretching to reach her analogies. For instance, she uses the fact that the word sword is found in the words “God’S WORD”. To me this means nothing except she is trying to find anything to make her points. I would be much more impressed if that was the case in Girls with Swords: How to Carry your Cross like a Hero is Lisa Bevere’s latest book. I wanted to like this book. One of my “book buddies” at church loves her husband’s books, so I started into this book hopeful, only to soon feel she was stretching to reach her analogies. For instance, she uses the fact that the word sword is found in the words “God’S WORD”. To me this means nothing except she is trying to find anything to make her points. I would be much more impressed if that was the case in Greek as that was the language in which the New Testament was written. I also disagree with her statement on pages 68-69: “I don’t think the rulers of that age were particulary suprised that Jesus rose from the dead. They had seen the dead raised before, and Jesus had told everyone he would rise after three days.” When it says in John chapter two: 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple and the building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 22 When there he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they belied the scripture and the word which Jesus had said. I don’t believe that when Jesus’ own disciples did not understand until after the Resurrection that it was going to happen that the rulers had more spiritual insight than Jesus’ disciples. She also quotes generously from The Message which is not the most accurate Bible translation available. It’s good for a devotional, but I prefer a more accurate translation. I felt the theology was a bit off as well. Of course, I don’t agree with a lot of Pentecostal theology and this book seemed to be of Pentecostal persuasion. I did read the entire book, and there were sections I enjoyed. I liked when she told personal stories. I would have enjoyed this book much more if she would have talked more from her life and less about swords, as I think it’s a stretch to say that the cross is a sword. I believe there are better books on spiritual warfare and living the Christian life, but if you are a Lisa Bevere fan, you will likely enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lacie

    I wanted to like this one as I am ALL for women knowing who they are in Christ and wielding the weapons He has given us. However when a Christian book is based more on movie references and literary quotations than Scripture, I get frustrated. Bevere's big picture may not be off, but how she gets there is weak and unsupported by Scripture. Example: on page 19 she says that by keeping the letters and "only altering the spacing, you discover God's word is a God sword....This confirms in a unexpected I wanted to like this one as I am ALL for women knowing who they are in Christ and wielding the weapons He has given us. However when a Christian book is based more on movie references and literary quotations than Scripture, I get frustrated. Bevere's big picture may not be off, but how she gets there is weak and unsupported by Scripture. Example: on page 19 she says that by keeping the letters and "only altering the spacing, you discover God's word is a God sword....This confirms in a unexpected way what we are told by Paul in the book of Ephesians..." She goes on to quote Eph. 6:17. But why does a word scramble or pneumonic device confirms Scripture!? The inerrant, God-breathed Word is not enough on its own??! I'm wary of her illustrative use of the sword as well since Scripture is pretty clear on the armor of God and lays it out plainly. She seems to be re-writing God's word here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Lisa Bevere has long been one of my favorite speakers / authors and recently when her FB post asked for 100 people who would be willing to get an Advanced Readers Copy to review on amazon I jumped on it. I was pretty grateful for my little "present" from Jesus that I happened to be looking at that exact time - only a couple minutes after she posted. The 100 spots went quick. This book and it did not disappoint. Women fight differently than men, have different gifts and talents. Jesus’ kingdom Lisa Bevere has long been one of my favorite speakers / authors and recently when her FB post asked for 100 people who would be willing to get an Advanced Readers Copy to review on amazon I jumped on it. I was pretty grateful for my little "present" from Jesus that I happened to be looking at that exact time - only a couple minutes after she posted. The 100 spots went quick. This book and it did not disappoint. Women fight differently than men, have different gifts and talents. Jesus’ kingdom and the power of the Cross is something worth fighting for. And we fight with the Word of God against the enemy, not against people. Her opening packs a punch, reminding us that “The attacks on your life have much more to do with who you might be in the future than who you have been in the past. Becoming who God created you to be is… both your best offense and defense against the enemy’s strategy.” Her illustration makes this point loud and clear. Personally this is a great reminder of who I can be in Christ, not just who I am now (thankfully). But quite honestly, the chapter near the end, regarding the sword of forgiveness is, one of the most powerful I've ever read. As she recounts the story of her relationship with her father, her longing to see him saved and what God for a bitter, angry old man is truly mind blowing. The power of a transformed life through forgiveness never gets old and still brings me wonder. I will be buying copies for my friends and I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hart

    I pity Lisa Bevere's editor. I picture this exchange. Bevere: I wrote a book about spiritual fencing! Editor: There's nothing in here about fencing... Bevere: I know. You can add random fencing tidbits in boxes at random places in the book. Editor: You're writing about various types of swords, including swords you made up, but you don't fence with machetes or flamberges or... Bevere: I know! Isn't it cool? [Editor bangs head against wall.] The word salad that is this book trivializes spiritual I pity Lisa Bevere's editor. I picture this exchange. Bevere: I wrote a book about spiritual fencing! Editor: There's nothing in here about fencing... Bevere: I know. You can add random fencing tidbits in boxes at random places in the book. Editor: You're writing about various types of swords, including swords you made up, but you don't fence with machetes or flamberges or... Bevere: I know! Isn't it cool? [Editor bangs head against wall.] The word salad that is this book trivializes spiritual warfare and negates the need for the full armor of God (Eph 6:10-18). Stay away from this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allison Stagg

    This is probably a good small group bible study book... But it didn't have the meat I was looking for. I tapped out early.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Camy

    The back cover blurb made it clear this was not an in-depth Bible study about the Sword of the Spirit, but that the author would be using sword imagery to get across the ideas related to spiritual warfare, so I didn’t have any kind of preconceived notions about what the book would be about. I found this to be a nice book that I would give to any new Christian woman, because the book is a good introduction to the concept of spiritual warfare. I have done some more intensive and in-depth studies The back cover blurb made it clear this was not an in-depth Bible study about the Sword of the Spirit, but that the author would be using sword imagery to get across the ideas related to spiritual warfare, so I didn’t have any kind of preconceived notions about what the book would be about. I found this to be a nice book that I would give to any new Christian woman, because the book is a good introduction to the concept of spiritual warfare. I have done some more intensive and in-depth studies on spiritual warfare, so much of the book wasn’t new to me, but it would be very fresh and interesting for, say, someone who was a baby Christian. The analogies are very easy to understand and relate to, and the writing style is chatty and friendly. It’s actually the only book I’ve heard of that addresses spiritual warfare specifically to women, which is refreshing—the other spiritual warfare books I’ve read have been geared toward both men and women, but they mostly seemed a bit more masculine-sounding in their approach (maybe because they were mostly written by men). This book wraps the concept of spiritual warfare in the culture of American women and the trials we specifically face. I originally wanted to read this book because I thought it might be appealing to the junior high school girls in my church youth group, where I was a staff member, but I feel that this book is aimed more toward high school and older. A mature junior high girl might enjoy it, but I think it might be over the heads of younger junior high girls. Overall, a really good book that I think addresses the spiritual warfare that American Christian women are facing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    I tapped out on this one. It was a force to finish considering Lisa Bevere is one of my fave Christian Contemporary authors. This book relies heavily on movie scenes (for ex. Lisa compares us daughters of Christ to Sarah Connor in The Terminator, like really??? I feel like with The Holy Spirit’s guidance she could’ve came up with something way better), there’s a lot of quotes (there’s even one from Donald Trump) and the Message bible translation. I don’t know why authors can’t just stick with I tapped out on this one. It was a force to finish considering Lisa Bevere is one of my fave Christian Contemporary authors. This book relies heavily on movie scenes (for ex. Lisa compares us daughters of Christ to Sarah Connor in The Terminator, like really??? I feel like with The Holy Spirit’s guidance she could’ve came up with something way better), there’s a lot of quotes (there’s even one from Donald Trump🙄) and the Message bible translation. I don’t know why authors can’t just stick with NKJV. I think if you’ve been walking with the Lord long enough your books shouldn’t be filled with quotes from people but scriptures from the Bible or even what the Holy Spirit has said in your private time with Him. If you’re looking for a book with a lot of substance this is not for you. If you like the constant talk of fencing 🤺 and swords and the far reaching analogies she puts in this book then I guess you may like it. This is a whatever read for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Hayes

    I loved the analogies to the sword and fencing. Like it or not, we are in a war with principalities and God is gathering his daughters to do battle. Grab your sword, ladies! Sharpen it with His Word and stand in His strength. Our lives and the lives of those in our sphere of influence depend on it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Gallant

    I received this book as an advance copy to read and review. I am a huge fan of Lisa Bevere, and I love her books. I have seen her speak at many conferences. Lisa has a way of empowering woman. This book, Girls with Swords is just that. A very empowering book for women, that teaches us to fight the spiritual battles against Satan. The book has a lot of sword references, which are interesting. I am going to recommend this book to all my friends. It is a great read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim Visconti

    EXCELLENT read.. Highly commend to women everywhere who desire to live a Victorious life

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I saw Lisa Bevere speak in person, and I heard so many good things about her book. I was completely disappointed. I think it was the tone of the writing that I hated so much, but I couldn't really put my finger on it. Lisa Bevere scatters all kinds of quotes from politicians and Church heroes throughout the book, but I didn't think that was appropriate. I wish she could have found "inspirational quotes" from scripture instead of pulling from random historical leaders. This book was supposed to I saw Lisa Bevere speak in person, and I heard so many good things about her book. I was completely disappointed. I think it was the tone of the writing that I hated so much, but I couldn't really put my finger on it. Lisa Bevere scatters all kinds of quotes from politicians and Church heroes throughout the book, but I didn't think that was appropriate. I wish she could have found "inspirational quotes" from scripture instead of pulling from random historical leaders. This book was supposed to be about woman warriors and the fighting spirit, but again I thought that she got it all wrong. It would have been a much better read if someone with prior/current military experience had written it. The approach was just...off...and I didn't agree with some of her points. As an example of the tone that I couldn't stand, there's this quote, "Snake handling and intentionally drinking poison are just stupid. (p 218)" Now call me crazy, but "just stupid" doesn't sound like something you publish. There are so many better words that could have been used there. And why was she even talking about this in the first place? I didn't understand it. The book felt scatter-brained, the tone was off, this was not what I hoped it would be.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Francine Maximiliano

    Well, considering I’m not that into this kind of book, I’m really satisfied with its content. Its words came straightly into my heart! this is a good book to help us to hold our sword (the word of God) up and fight in His strength. We were not made to be afraid, we were made to be warriors! Well, considering I’m not that into this kind of book, I’m really satisfied with its content. Its words came straightly into my heart! this is a good book to help us to hold our sword (the word of God) up and fight in His strength. We were not made to be afraid, we were made to be warriors! ⚔️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Florife

    This book brought me to a whole new level of encounter with the cross. It has made me realize that denying your self and taking your cross isn't about carrying a burden. It has released me to a mindset to feel burdened just because you have chosen to follow cross. Carrying your cross means taking your weapon with you everywhere you go so that you will be ready to fight the schemes of the enemy. The cross is your sword. It's your weapon. I like how Lisa Bevere uses the illustration of the This book brought me to a whole new level of encounter with the cross. It has made me realize that denying your self and taking your cross isn't about carrying a burden. It has released me to a mindset to feel burdened just because you have chosen to follow cross. Carrying your cross means taking your weapon with you everywhere you go so that you will be ready to fight the schemes of the enemy. The cross is your sword. It's your weapon. I like how Lisa Bevere uses the illustration of the different kinds of swords we can use to fight our battles. And I like how she explained it from a woman's point of view. While this book is not applicable only to women alone, it is just right for all women to read these kinds of books. Understanding who you are as a daughter of the Most High God will allow you to fight your battles from a vantage point.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    This book & the bible study weren't what I thought they were going to be. I was ready to dig deep into the word, to arm myself for battle. It felt like the whole book was explaining why we should dig deep, why we should use the word as a sword, and never got to actually applying that principle to our life. I saw Lisa Bevere at a women's conference and she is an awesome speaker. Her writing in this book was hard to follow. She repeated a lot of the same ideas and it was a bit of a struggle to This book & the bible study weren't what I thought they were going to be. I was ready to dig deep into the word, to arm myself for battle. It felt like the whole book was explaining why we should dig deep, why we should use the word as a sword, and never got to actually applying that principle to our life. I saw Lisa Bevere at a women's conference and she is an awesome speaker. Her writing in this book was hard to follow. She repeated a lot of the same ideas and it was a bit of a struggle to get through. We did like the DVD that went with it, it seemed to clarify what was lost in the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Candace Novakowski

    This book was a very timely book for me. I really needed to understand that as a daughter of the King we are a target of the enemy but our Fathers word, the language of Heaven is so powerful to push the enemy back and I stay standing strong in His promises. The battles we face are never against people, but against the enemies desire and obsession to see Gods children fall, but as warrior daughters of a warrior King, we are swords in the Fathers hand, declaring Gods love, light and power over the This book was a very timely book for me. I really needed to understand that as a daughter of the King we are a target of the enemy but our Fathers word, the language of Heaven is so powerful to push the enemy back and I stay standing strong in His promises. The battles we face are never against people, but against the enemies desire and obsession to see Gods children fall, but as warrior daughters of a warrior King, we are swords in the Fathers hand, declaring Gods love, light and power over the darkest and evil situations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    In Girls with Swords, Lisa Bevere encourages women to make the choice to be heroes. The cross is our greatest weapon and as we study the Word of God as a whole and proclaim it we raise our swords to bring light and life. This book is a call to be prepared and trained. It equips you for battle as you read and apply the truths on its pages. Lisa Bevere is a great teacher and I will be reading this book again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    Awesome book . . . Loved the analogy of swords and how they apply to my life as a "Girl" and as a Christian. Lisa is a wonderful writer and has used examples from her life to show that God is faithful. This book not only explains how the sword (the Word of God) is to be used but gives practical advice. Will be a reference book in my library. I especially loved the chapter - "Sword of Song" - a must read for any musically inclined person (even the one who just sings in the shower).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    I absolutely loved the message of this book and also the sermons Lisa Bevere spoke on this book. However, I feel that all the important and valuable information could be found solely in her sermons. Everything else mentioned in her book that wasn't mentioned in her sermons seemed like fluff and unnecessary information. It was still a decent read but you can get all of the same information from a 1 hour sermon on YouTube.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Muterspaugh

    POWEFUL!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angie Bennett

    I loved this book, but I started reading it in 2013. This book counts on my challenge as a book I started but never finished. I finished it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Adleta

    Enjoyed this one so much I plan to read it again! Lisa delves into the idea of swords and spiritual battle from a fresh angle. Timely read for me!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shellie Tomlinson

    Lisa Bevere is like a hard-hitting, no holds barred, spiritual personal trainer. Love her!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    I loved this book. It's a refreshing look at the spiritual war we fight daily from a female perspective. If you're serious about who you are as a Christ follower, this is a must read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raven Rose

    I'm so sad to give Lisa Bevere's book such a bad rating. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear her speak at a conference, and it made me realize: 1)Lisa Bevere is awesome. 2)She is fearless and is such a moving, powerful speaker. 3)I want to be just like her ...and most the most puzzling realization: 4)Why didn't I like her book? Well, this is what I've worked out: 1) The Book's Tone + Writing The book doesn't have the same fire or passion that the she has when she speaks. No sections grabbed me, I'm so sad to give Lisa Bevere's book such a bad rating. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear her speak at a conference, and it made me realize: 1)Lisa Bevere is awesome. 2)She is fearless and is such a moving, powerful speaker. 3)I want to be just like her ...and most the most puzzling realization: 4)Why didn't I like her book? Well, this is what I've worked out: 1) The Book's Tone + Writing The book doesn't have the same fire or passion that the she has when she speaks. No sections grabbed me, there weren't any relatable stories about young women or just women in general, and the writing was dry. Please understand that when I saw her speak, I was fully engrossed in what she said. She has a large personality, but I didn't see it in the book. 2. The Title Is Kind of Misleading This book does not actually have the feminist punch I was expecting. I felt like it was more about the sword (both the Word and physical swords) than it was about the girls learning how to use both in real life. Also, the swords mentioned in the book are more along the lines of fencing. Like with the white clothes and mesh face protection. The outrageously cool title alone brings to mind powerful images of, I don't know, pirates? Maybe I'm just weird, but the fencing angle was kind of a let down after imagining more like...awesome pirate women for the Lord. 3. The Bible Quotations This really bothers me. I love it when authors take a verse or two and really deep dive. This book's layout was the opposite: a HUGE chunk of Scripture, then a tiny explanation. A HUGE chunk, then...you get it. It felt like the verses were rapid fire, with a small break in between. Also, I really don't care for the Message Bible translation, which is frequently used here. A few of her ideas don't really go with my beliefs, so that also caused some disconnect. None of these things are actual faults on the authors part, but at the time I read it I was probably more disappointed that it was not at all what the title enticed me with, rather than the book itself. If you go into this book understanding that its about fencing and that the writing isn't very exciting, I'm sure you'll have no problems with it. She is such an amazing speaker, it really helped to see how different she is than on paper.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deborah-Ruth

    When Girls with Swords first came out, I was immediately drawn to the message and vision behind this book. I encouraged and recommended it to all my friends and mibistry colleagues until I finally came to the realization I needed to read it myself. It's been on my "to-read list" for the past several months and it definitely did not disappoint. This book is all about the ways the Enemy targets daughters of the King. Satan attackz us through the devastation and destruction of violence aimed When Girls with Swords first came out, I was immediately drawn to the message and vision behind this book. I encouraged and recommended it to all my friends and mibistry colleagues until I finally came to the realization I needed to read it myself. It's been on my "to-read list" for the past several months and it definitely did not disappoint. This book is all about the ways the Enemy targets daughters of the King. Satan attackz us through the devastation and destruction of violence aimed primarily at women, through the lies others and our culture tells us and through the poir self-image we have of ourselves. In Girls with Swords, young women will learn how to be warriors and courageously fight the battles of this life. Through prayer, intercession, knowing the Scriptures well, and carrying our Cross as well as through forgiveness, repetance and worship we will be equipped as soldiers. Our battle is not an earthly one, but heavenly and spiritual. If we are to survive, we must not just know the language of this world, but the language of the eternal world. Using real life fenxing applications, we will learn how forge our sword, harvest and live in freedom. An excellent read. I couldn't put it down!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Daws

    I'm a visual person, so I loved the analogy of the sword woven throughout this book. I could picture my enemy coming toward me and feel that moment of hesitation as I decide whether to stand or run.The fencing facts sprinkled through the text strengthened these images I'd formed, and I easily translated them into lessons I needed to remember. And the image of the cross as a sword buried deep in the earth filled me with hope and determination to finish the path God's laid out before me like no I'm a visual person, so I loved the analogy of the sword woven throughout this book. I could picture my enemy coming toward me and feel that moment of hesitation as I decide whether to stand or run. The fencing facts sprinkled through the text strengthened these images I'd formed, and I easily translated them into lessons I needed to remember. And the image of the cross as a sword buried deep in the earth filled me with hope and determination to finish the path God's laid out before me like no other. Lisa Bevere uses Scripture and personal stories to drive her points home. She lovingly but firmly shares the truths we all need to grasp. She boldly relates that God equips us with everything we need to thrive on this earth and the spiritual battlefields of life. It's our choice whether or not we partake of His training and His blessings. This book both encouraged and challenged me. I feel more emboldened, yet I still want to know more and do more. I'm grateful for the author's words and aim to put many of the things she talks about into practice.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Faith Dodds

    This book was hard work. Based more on an ideal that had been gained through movies and literature than scriptures. I persevered to over half way through but got so tired of reading verses from one translation to then read them same verse in a different translation or paraphrase or indeed commentary. Using different translations to make the point you want to make is not exactly dividing the word of God correctly. I thought this would be a great call to study the bible so we could use our sword This book was hard work. Based more on an ideal that had been gained through movies and literature than scriptures. I persevered to over half way through but got so tired of reading verses from one translation to then read them same verse in a different translation or paraphrase or indeed commentary. Using different translations to make the point you want to make is not exactly dividing the word of God correctly. I thought this would be a great call to study the bible so we could use our sword of the Spirit in a world that so needs it - instead it was a motivational speech about who you could become and forgot the glory of God.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jerrianne

    I listened "Girls with Swords" on CDs in my car. Lisa Bevere is one of my favorite 'make sense' female evangelists. Her words are easily understood and applicable in my personal life. I loved the way Lisa would insert 'fencing facts' and quotes by the historical or famous. I will remember many things I normally would not remember due to the associations in Lisa's writing style. I also have purchased the paperback so I may revisit sections I want to sear into my memory.

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