When Christy Duncan first contacted me to do a review of her new book (hopefully her first of many!) I was so excited. I mean I love to read, and I love to write book reviews- its a win-win. Guys this book blew me away. I don’t know how else to say it. In “Keeping Tally: Illuminating the Lies That Imprison You” Christy bares her soul to tell the story of how she was sucked into believing the lies of the enemy.
Identifying the Lies
There are eight lies that she identifies, that she specifically struggled with.
- You don’t need the church
- You’re worthless
- You must conform
- You’re a failure
- You’re poor
- You’d be happier with someone else
- You’re a goner
- You have no future
I had never recognized them in this way. Yes, I have felt the pressure to conform, but I never saw it as a lie of the enemy. Yet, I know myself, and the ministries that give me freedom and joy in Christ aren’t usually the ones that I am ‘supposed’ to love. Yes, I’ve struggled with feeling like a failure, but God measures success with a different measuring stick than I do. Over and over again I put this book down and picked it back up again as I considered the voice of the Liar in my own life.
This book is worded so wisely and so gracefully. One of the things that I love most about it is that I didn’t feel like I was reading a book about a victim. I was reading about someone, who, like all of us, has been deceived by the enemy. As defeated as she felt under the oppression of these lies, she cried out to God and relied on him to battle her way from beneath them. We are coheirs with Christ, and Satan has already been conquered! His only power in our lives is the power we give to him.
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This was a hard book review to write. Everything in me wants to tell you that I have never struggled with any of these lies. Though I haven’t struggled with all of them, I found myself overcome with emotion several times while I was reading this as it hit me again that something in my life was the result of my belief in a lie of the enemy.
It takes so much courage to write an entire book about how you have fallen prey to the enemies’ lies. But it is so necessary. It is so comforting to hear that I am not the only one who has struggled with the idea that I need to conform to the ideal Christian. I’m not the only one who has felt like a failure or that I have no future. Christy speaks words that my heart has struggled to put into words for so many years.
I love how she put this; “I never dreamed I’d consider myself a failure while following Jesus. In the world’s eyes, we had sacrificed much in pursuing his will. In my ignorance, I had not offered it all. I neglected to lay down my idol of success. My actions in following God appeared to be all in, but the situation proved that my heart needed more faith. I had followed God into the desert, but I continued to grumble at his leading.”
The deceiver is sneaky, he worms his way into our lives bit by bit. In half truths and consolations he strokes our egos and whispers that we are okay the way we are. Christy wrote this book “hoping to break through to those who are in a fear induced coma.” In the hopes that “you find it worth inching back toward love. Keeping your eyes set on him, he will heal you of the lies you’ve been told. He can soften your heart if you’re willing to trust him.”
My prayer is the same as Christy’s, there is so much sadness in a believer who is allowing themselves to be bound by the deceiver after receiving freedom in Christ. I hope you will grab a copy for yourself, and for those close to you!
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my full and honest review.