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book review: Lioness Arising

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I once was informed (by a male friend) that men want women who appear wholesome on the outside but reveal a slightly wilder side at home. Apropos or not, it’s what I thought of when I was rereading one of the chapters of Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere.

a little worn... with many notes inside!

I don’t think Lisa and my friend meant the exact same thing, but bear with me. In the chapter I most recently reread, Lisa describes how lionesses do “life right out in the open, light-filled expanses of the African plain” where they “rest, play, groom, feed, train, and even mate in the open.” In contrast, she also details lionesses who calmly focus on their prey and hunt when the time is right.

Throughout Lioness Arising, Lisa Bevere uses the metaphor of a lioness to reveal how women can and should act and be. It is a powerful metaphor and a beautiful one. I read the book once with women at my church, and I’m reading it again now as part of my daily quiet time.

The more I read this book, the more I want to be a lioness. I see so many things in this animal that embody who I want to be.

I want to be “at ease with [my] strength and at rest with [my] power.” I want to “wear [my] beauty comfortably.” I want to be someone a lion can trust and build a life with. I want to be under the same mission as a lion. I want to be protective of all the pride’s young, not just my own. I want to believe that God will lead me to steps 2, 3, and 4 after I complete step one in faith. I want to live in the light and be real about who I am and what I believe.

These are just a few of the lessons I have learned from this book, and I recommend it to men as well as women. Lisa’s writing is passionate and accessible. She weaves scriptures in to explain her points. She is human and real as she writes.

And several times as I was reading, I wanted to talk to a man about the ideas. One in particular, because he gets my metaphors, and because I think he would be intrigued by this particular metaphor of a lioness.

For years and years, I have said that I wouldn’t mind being a cat for a day. Now, however, I believe that I would like to be a lioness for life. This book is one of the best.

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