2 out of 4 stars
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Are you dealing with addictions or desires of the flesh which you can't get a grasp on? Do you examine yourself and find yourself lacking? In The Enemy in the Mirror: A Journey Worth Fighting For, Constance D. Dixon encourages Christians to reflect on their character and let God direct their path.
Starting with prayer, Ms. Dixon explores the Bible, using scripture to point us to Jesus. She not only scrutinizes the lives of biblical heroes, but she also reflects on her own life and past experiences. All of this helps us to determine how our lives stack up and if we are truly following the Jesus of the Bible.
I enjoyed the scriptures that the author dives into. Sometimes, she even breaks it down into the original Greek or Hebrew to give more meaning. For example, did you know the Greek word translated "sin" in the Bible means "to miss the mark"?
The author isn't afraid to step on toes, which is sometimes needed. She makes it clear that many churches today aren't biblical. This may lessen the readership of the book, but it was an aspect I enjoyed.
Unfortunately, I found the organization of the book lacking. The book felt like a conglomeration of the author's thoughts with no real rhyme or reason as to what was placed where. At one point, Ms. Dixon starts listing the steps for conversion. The first is "repent." We then head down a rabbit hole which may have contained the other steps somewhere along the way. It would have been much more succinct - especially for those not already familiar with these steps - if the author had continued to list these in italics as she did the first.
Along the same lines, the author uses some interesting vocabulary. Words like "lissome" and "abettor" grace the pages. She also seems to prefer the King James Version of the Bible, which is more difficult to understand. While not necessarily a problem, the reader does need to be mindful of this.
Further muddying the waters, the book is far from professionally edited; it hasn't even been carefully proofread. Periods were missing between sentences, but other sentences would have a period and a comma after them. Some sentences would be incorrectly truncated with a period in the middle. Letters in words were missing, and tenses were incorrect. "Jesus promised that He will give you rest This rest begets brings hope just as the Scripture states in Romans 6:14." Sadly, these errors even appeared in the scriptures.
To summarize, The Enemy in the Mirror: A Journey Worth Fighting For is a thought-provoking work. Ms. Dixon invites us all to evaluate our lives. After all: "It is our thoughts, deeds, actions, and beliefs that serve as a signpost as to what type of Christians we are to the unbeliever." However, this can't be truly enjoyed until an editor fixes not only the grammatical issues but the organizational problems as well. As such, I give it 2 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to Christian believers that want a deeper walk with Christ, but this is only for those with an open heart and mind. The author is firm in what she believes and doesn't beat around the bush.
The Enemy in the Mirror
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