Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero

Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero


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A passionate call for Christian women to effectively "wield the sword" of their God-given feminine strength against any evil that threatens them and those they love.

What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it?

In a day of worldwide trafficking, gendercide, discrimination, and other hostility against women, Lisa Bevere points to a biblical foundation to present a model of feminine strength that will empower women to live confidently. Drawing on the many references to swords throughout Scripture, the author constructs a revealing and compelling female paradigm that will impact every area of a woman's self identity, spiritual awareness, relationships, and life vision and mission. Long known for her passionate and articulate expression of biblical womanhood, Bevere presents fresh imagery—as enticing and strong as polished steel—to prepare women boldly for the challenges they face in today's world. It's not enough to just be wise and strong: Now a woman must know how to wield her sword. 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307457820
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 44,746
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lisa Bevere believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God's Word in award-winning curriculums and best-selling books—Lioness Arising, Fight Like a Girl, Nurture, Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry, and more.  Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for change, Lisa rallies others to be an answer to desperate problems near and far. She and her husband John Bevere co-founded Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. Lisa is the mother of four sons and grandmother of two.

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You Are a Target

Christianity is a battle, not a dream.
—Wendell Phillips

In a world already overrun by violence, you may wonder why I would suggest that women of all ages take up arms and join the fight. As you turn these pages, I hope you will discover the many reasons why there is no neutral territory. We do not live by the violence of a sword, but the time has come to live by the power of one.

The first reason you need a sword is that, whether you realize it or not, you are part of an epic battle, and God does not want his daughters unarmed or caught unaware.

The poignant need for addressing these issues head-on was brought home in an unexpected way. It was early June in the summer of 2010, and I had just returned home from traveling and speaking in five different countries in the short span of four weeks. Mind you, these were not nations clustered together, so traveling meant  crossing date lines, exchanging night for day, and bouncing between the northern and southern hemispheres.

Overcome by a persistent strain of jet lag, I was wandering a bit dazed through my second evening home when I realized I was alone with my youngest son, Arden. As I approached him, he patted the sofa and invited me to join him in watching a movie. Thrilled to have a chance to perhaps cuddle with my son, I settled myself in as close as possible and asked, “What are we watching?”

“The Terminator,” he answered.

Okay, before you react, stay with me. I am not endorsing the movie, nor am I suggesting that you watch it. I saw an edited TV version, and even then it was eighties awful! But amid the ridiculous hair, disjointed music, and bad acting, I found something valuable I want to share here, because it perfectly sets up the why behind the journey of this book. In case you’re not familiar with The Terminator, allow me to paint a vastly shortened version of the movie for you. It is the story of Sarah Connor, a moped-riding waitress who is living a boring, mundane life in the hope that one day love will find her. Every twenty-four hours plays out pretty much the same. By day she serves pie and coffee; by night she hopes that one of her blind dates will turn into Prince Charming. By day she works, and by night she waits.

This predictable 1980s pattern is radically interrupted when a robotic assassin from her future shows up. Our hero, Sarah, first learns she might be at risk when she is taking a break at work and realizes a number of women who share her full name have turned up dead.

Apparently the terminator, a.k.a. Arnold Schwarzenegger—actor, former governor of California, and ex-husband of Maria Shriver—has time traveled, and anyone bearing the name Sarah Connor is his target.

There seems to be no way this cyborg assassin can possibly fail. Not only does he possess the strength and processing capabilities of a robot; he also is loaded down with the latest in automatic weapons. In addition to all this technology, he has in his possession what would have been the height of eighties data, a sheet torn from the white pages, which supplies him with the phone number and address of all the Sarah
Connors who reside in his target area. As the futuristic terminator systematically works his way down the list of Sarahs, our heroine becomes a bit concerned.

After work she returns to the apartment she shares with a friend only to learn via an answering machine that yet another blind date has canceled, so Sarah heads out to a club. That way, if the threat is real, she will be able to hide in a crowd. It isn’t long until the terminator is on her trail, and after a brief visit to her apartment, Arnold shows up at the club with guns blazing and begins wreaking mayhem. Chaos, bloodshed, and screaming displace bad dance moves as everyone scrambles to escape. But wait, there is yet another player in this dark drama.

You see, at the same time as her assassin from the future shows up, her protector from the future makes his presence known while extending Sarah this compelling invitation: “Come with me if you wanna live.” With the choice so obvious, it doesn’t take Sarah long to decide: she wants to live. Sarah runs from the bar, jumps in a car with a total stranger, and the two of them try to escape. But the terminator assassin is relentless. A high-speed chase ensues. Bullets shatter the car windows and frazzle Sarah’s nerves. No matter where they go or what they do, they just can’t seem to shake her futuristic assailant.

This mild-mannered waitress and wannabe girlfriend has no idea why this epic battle rages around her. As bullets fly and cars crash, her protector begins to tell her who she is. He explains that in the future she is a legend and that an entire army wages war equipped with the foresight and strategies she recorded and passed on to her son. In the future she is part of a heroic fight against the enemy of all humanity.

Sarah just can’t buy that she is a player in this absurd story and is confident there has been a case of mistaken identity. There is no reason for her to be viewed as a threat in the present or the future! In an attempt to bring clarity and some sanity, Sarah counters the claim of her protector from the future. She isn’t a hero…she is just a waitress! She doesn’t even have a boyfriend, so certainly there’s no son! This nightmare is all a grave mistake; she’s been confused with someone else!

But her guardian insists that she is, in fact, Sarah Connor the hero and that his mission is to equip and protect her. Understandingly overwhelmed and suddenly undone, Sarah yells out, “I didn’t do anything!”

To which her future guardian counters, “No, but you will!”

At that moment, sitting with my son on the couch, I was arrested.

This line from decades past, “No, but you will!” crashed into my present with the realization that our enemy often knows who we are before we discover who we are. And it is high time we each realize the two things Sarah learned that night.
Lovely One,
1. You are a target.
2. You might be a hero.
I say might be, because the choice is ultimately yours.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Fencing Terms xiii

Part 1 Chosen

1 You Are a Target 3

2 A Sword Is Born 17

3 You Might Be a Hero 35

4 The Battleground 53

5 The Cross as a Sword 63

Part 2 Equipped

6 Becoming a Warrior 81

7 Forging a Sword 105

Part 3 Armed

8 Sword Words 121

9 Sword of Harvest 139

10 Sword of Light 153

11 Sword of Song 167

12 Sword of Silence 175

13 Sword of Forgiveness and Restoration 191

Part 4 Commissioned

14 Cross Carry 209

Notes 223

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PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The title of the book- Girls With Swords By Lisa Bevere, sounds more like a low budget karate action film rather than an empowering spiritual book. Nevertheless, this book teaches the reader how to wield God's word, the bible, in order to grow closer to God. This unique book, with its unique theme will appeal firstly to the extroverted, powerful, career woman or younger female reader. Yet , it is applicable to all women as well. No one needs to wonder about the connection between swords and spirituality because God's word is likened to a sword like the biblical verse Hebrews 4:12 states: For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. With that in mind- the title and the theme for this book is perfectly suited. The sword theme is followed throughout the book and the concepts of the sport of fencing are used as a springboard for Bevere to introduce the reader on how to apply spiritual and biblical concepts to one's own life. In the beginning is an illustration of a sword and an explanation of basic fencing terminology. Throughout the book are fencing facts- highlighted in shaded, bold circle graphics. Fencing and sword clip art is featured throughout adding visual appeal and to break up the text. The book is easy to follow, read and apply. Discussed is the problem at hand- how the reader is a target of Satan. Once that is established the significance of the sword- God's word- is covered. To compliment the theme, the reader is taught how she can become a hero- literally. The different senses of the sword are discussed and explained. Issues of forgiveness and restoration are covered. Her writing is very lively and her faith in the word of God is clear. Her words are empowering and help to make bible principles clear with appealing analogies. This is a good book to read and reread. Lisa Bevere has written several books that minister to women. She has a good understanding and gift she uses to empower her readers. In this day and age, women are sometimes perceived as weaker or second class- ironically, the author uses biblical principles to empower women. As a blogger I received this book published by Water Brook for the purpose of writing this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that the book Girls with Swords really is empowering, particularly to young women. I enjoyed it as much as I did the book Secret Techniques for Controlling Sadness, Anger, Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotion by Vlad Koros. While Girls with Swords gives a powerful boost to your faith and self image, Secret Techniques helps you tone down those emotions that weaken your faith and self-confidence. I just love how these two very different books complement each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I learned so much in this book! PRAISE OUR SAVIOR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, empowering!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a powerful message and greatly needed. Thanks Lisa for your obedience.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
This title came as a recommendation at the library, and I am so glad to have picked it up! This is a deep, deep dive into how swords are an image of our faith. Ms. Bevere has layers upon layers of ideas to share – each chapter building on the last, and she takes the time to comb through it all and lay it out fully for the reader. There is a lot of research behind this work, and Ms, Bevere uses it all, but in a way that teaches, not just wading through empty facts. I really enjoyed the style she uses in this work. This isn’t your typical “you are wonderful, go take on the world” book for women that one can find so easily on the shelves. This is a focused, intentional look at the enemy against us, and the preparations, legacy, weapons, and strategies for battle we must use in our fight. Ms. Bevere puts it so well when she says, “it is always better to choose your position through decisive action, then to have it chosen for you through passive default.” This work is a great blend of quotes from notable historical figures, verses from the Bible, and Ms. Bevere’s own thoughts and insights. All of them add up to great truths that inspired deep discussions while I read through the book. I look forward to reading through this one again, to dig deeper into things I may have only brushed before, and I look forward to gifting copies to my friends, to continue the good conversations that spring up!
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