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Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere - Book Review

Updated on November 20, 2015
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As a licensed minister and motivational speaker, Glenda travels stateside and abroad with one goal: To be a deliverer of hope!

Lioness Arising! Wake Up and Change Your World

Have you ever heard of Lisa Bevere? She's an incredible Christian woman in ministry who inspires and challenges me every time I hear her. Lisa is an international motivational speaker, bestselling author of numerous publications, and co-host of her own television program. Her voice has been heard in more than 200 countries. Imagine my surprise then to hear that Lisa would be the key-note speaker at our Ladies Annual Fall Breakaway in Orlando last October. Her topic?… Lioness Arising, from her recent book of the same name. Wow, what a conference!

Fast forward to March. I was invited to go to the Cayman Islands and speak at a Women's Conference. Although the invitation came with very little notice, I didn't have to pray long and hard for an answer. Yes… yes, of course I would go! When do we leave, and what is my topic for the Conference Workshop, I asked? "We leave in two weeks, and your teaching assignment is 'Lioness Arising' from Lisa Bevere's book!"


Lioness Arising Cayman Island Women's Conference - Photos

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These are the Lioness Arising props that we could fit in our suitcase!Our Ministry Team (I'm on the far left!)Our Host Church for the Lioness Arising Conference was First Assembly of God, Grand Cayman.I spent the time on the plane studying my notes for the Lioness Arising Women's Conference!
These are the Lioness Arising props that we could fit in our suitcase!
These are the Lioness Arising props that we could fit in our suitcase!
Our Ministry Team (I'm on the far left!)
Our Ministry Team (I'm on the far left!)
Our Host Church for the Lioness Arising Conference was First Assembly of God, Grand Cayman.
Our Host Church for the Lioness Arising Conference was First Assembly of God, Grand Cayman.
I spent the time on the plane studying my notes for the Lioness Arising Women's Conference!
I spent the time on the plane studying my notes for the Lioness Arising Women's Conference!
Our Lioness Arising Conference - Grand Cayman Island
Our Lioness Arising Conference - Grand Cayman Island

Awaken - Arise - And dare to be all you were created to be!

My assignment was not a difficult one, as I really liked this book, and the topic is extremely empowering for women. In fact, it contains such a wealth of information, that the hardest part was choosing which sections to extract for the teaching. After all, I had only been given an hour or so to teach and impart all that revelation that Lisa received through her many years of research.

Lioness Arising was 'born' from a dream that God gave Lisa years ago. Throughout the book she parallels the similarities between a real lioness and God's intentions for the female race. Lisa actually went to Africa in order to study the life of the lioness, up close and personal. The comparisons that she uses to illustrate women's potential are incredible. True to the title, the book is not for the faint of heart. It's a reminder that our destiny doesn't just 'happen,' but oftentimes we must battle for it.

To me, the underlying theme throughout the book is this:

You are not an accident! You are stunning! You were born for this moment in time! Awaken - Arise - And dare to be all you were created to be!

Lioness Arising is available in multiple formats… and languages! - Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, DVD, CD, or Audiobook!

Lioness Arising Curriculum (BOOK+WORKBOOK+DVD+CD)
Lioness Arising Curriculum (BOOK+WORKBOOK+DVD+CD)

Searching for a topic for your next Women's Meeting? Lioness Arising is perfect. Lisa Bevere went on-location to Africa to study the similarities between a lioness and the female race. Her findings were life-changing for me!

This all-inclusive package is great for individual or group study. An 8-week course includes DVD's, CD's, Hardcover Book, Safari Guide, and Promotional Materials.

 

"There is nothing more dangerous than being in the presence of lions when they are fully awake."

by Lisa Bevere

African Lioness
African Lioness

Feminine AND Fierce!

I love the personal stories that Lisa tells of her time in the African Wild, observing the lioness. One thing she discovered is that the lioness has characteristics that are both feminine and fierce.

I couldn't wait to share this truth with the ladies at my Women's Conference. During my teaching, I used the following illustration straight from Lisa's book:

Take the paw, for example. While hunting at night, (yes, she is the provider of the Pride), the lioness can release her deadly claws in order to catch her prey. Dinner is then taken back to the Pride for the whole family to enjoy. After watching them devour their meal, Lisa witnessed the lioness playing with her cubs. Only now, those same paws had retracted their murderous claws, and ever so gently were fondling her offspring. Same paw - both feminine and fierce!

Lisa also noticed the razor sharp teeth of the lioness. At one point the teeth were used to kill and eat its prey, but sometime later, those same teeth were used to carry her young cubs from place to place… without ever harming them! Feminine and fierce indeed.

Lisa used this brilliant word picture and analogy to draw similarities to us women. We are both feminine and fierce! We have been created by God to be the loving, gentle, tender, nurturing component within a relationship, however, that role was never intended for us to be weak and passive. When we see injustice all around us, our silence is not golden.

Worldwide, women have become the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even (in some countries) gendercide. Lisa has become an advocate for women everywhere who are suffering these atrocities - a voice for women who have no voice. Her courageous travels (to some very nasty places) are shared and woven throughout the storyline of Lioness Arising. I encouraged the ladies in my group to follow in Lisa's footsteps. She's a great role model and spiritual mentor!

Show and Tell - An Illustrated Sermon

Papo Wild Animal Kingdom Figure, Lioness with Cub
Papo Wild Animal Kingdom Figure, Lioness with Cub

This small figurine perfectly illustrates one of the points Lisa made regarding the fact that the lioness is BOTH feminine and fierce! ('At one point the teeth were used to kill and eat its prey, but sometime later, those same teeth were used to carry her young cubs from place to place… without ever harming them!' - Quote from Lioness Arising.)

I loved this analogy so much that it has prompted me to create an entire illustrated sermon on this topic. This inexpensive little figurine serves as my 'show and tell.'

 

"God didn't save us… to tame us!"

by Lisa Bevere

Lioness Arising Promo Video by Lisa Bevere

This one-and-a-half-minute video is a great synopsis of what to expect from The Lioness Arising Curriculum which includes 3 DVDs, 3 CDs, the Hardcover Book, Safari Guide Workbook, and Promotional Materials. It's an 8-week study perfect for individuals or groups.

The Lion and the Lioness...

ultimate teamwork!

Another thing I really like about Lisa is her courage and boldness to challenge the status quo. One common thread I noticed within most of her writings is a challenge of centuries-old beliefs regarding the role of women in the church. Her conviction is one of gender equality - yes, even in the church! I can only imagine more than a few religious feathers are being ruffled right now. Theologically speaking, she has become a passionate pioneer, who I sense is plowing some rocky ground for generations of women to come.

I must stress, I did not get the impression that Lisa is a feminist. Being the only female in a household of 5 males (her husband and 4 sons), she is understanding and submissive to her husband's role of spiritual head of their home. In Lioness Arising, through a rich depth of biblical references, she concludes that God calls both men and women to advance His Kingdom on this earth. I agree with her revelation that we are co-laborers together with our male counterparts. We are both under the same mission and assignment!

Once again, we would do well to learn from the lion and lioness. In the lion world there is no gender confusion or arguments. They are a team! The lion protects - the lioness provides.

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What Was the Best Part of the Conference for Me?

So glad you asked...

As with anything in life that we participate in, we always come away with our favorite parts. Without question, mine would be having the opportunity to personally pray for the individual needs of the women as they came to the altar. Many of them suffered from low self esteem, being the victim of verbal, sexual or physical abuse. They were in no hurry to leave, and neither was I. In fact, I was so engrossed in the events of the day that I never even felt the pain or noticed the huge blisters on my feet from the brand new shoes I wore - until I was leaving the building. The Host Church treated us to lunch at a local, family-owned restaurant that served authentic Caribbean cuisine... and, yes, I took my shoes off and walked bare-footed to the buffet! (No one seemed to mind, and they didn't have a 'no shoes, no service' sign hanging on the door.)

My second favorite thing was the awesome personal connections I made while there. As a result of the Saturday Women's Conference, I was asked to preach at their Sunday evening service. Having the freedom to choose my own topic, I shared my personal testimony of healing with the congregation that night. As always, I gave an altar call for those suffering from physical infirmities that wanted to be healed, and 90% of the attendees came forth; I never left the building until 11:00pm. Yes, another long day for my fatigued footsies, but so worth it!

You've heard the phrase, 'being in the right place at the right time,' well, I must tell you as a result of that trip, I was invited to speak at several other venues back in the United States. I tell people all the time that 'our decisions determine our destiny.' Had I left my fear of flying keep me from accepting the Cayman Island invitation, I would not have experienced the incredible ministry opportunities that continue even to this day. It was truly a divine appointment for me.

In Conclusion...

Would I recommend this book?

Although written primarily toward the Christian woman, in my opinion it can help every woman realize her God-given value, purpose and destiny. It's a womanly word in due season. It's a wake-up call to women everywhere to pursue her gifts and talents in order to change the world around us. Whether you are young or a 'seasoned citizen,' as long as you have breath, God isn't finished with you yet!

Remember that 'seed' of greatness that use to stir within your spirit? That dream of doing great exploits that now just sits and simmers on the back burner of life? How angry must we become in order to affect change? Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing! Allow this book to stir you into action. Lisa's prophetic voice will reinforce and confirm what you already know you have been called to do.

Yes, that African lioness has been given a sleek and slender, fabulously feminine form - but she is also a symbol of strength and a fierce force to be reckoned with. You, too, are both beautiful and bold… may the world begin to hear you roar!

I highly recommend Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere.

Lioness Arising is Available in Many Different Formats

Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World
Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World

Empower yourself to fulfill your dreams and reach your goals. Or, use as a teaching aid as I did! Don't have time to read? Not a problem, it's also available in an Audiobook that is read by the Author, Lisa Bevere. Simply play the CD while you're cooking, cleaning, stuck in traffic, or exercising!

Additionally, the book is available in Spanish (Se despierta la leona: Levantese y transforme su munro). I live in a muti-cultural community, and many of my Spanish speaking friends have read Lioness Arising in their native language!

 

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All photos in this article taken myself with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150.

© 2013 Glenda Motsavage

© 2013 Glenda Motsavage

Lioness Arising is a healthy dose of self-confidence for women everywhere! What's the last book you read that caused you to feel empowered to fulfill your dest

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @ideadesigns Thanks so much for reading my review and adding it to your reading bucket list! You will not be disappointed. Also appreciate the 'Pin!' Blessings to you!

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      This review is making me want to pick up my reading again. I especially love anything about the character building of Christians! I'll pin to my to read board on pinterest. :)

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @marsha32: Looking forward to your Review of 'Girls with Swords!' Yes, Lisa is a very anointed Christian/Motivational writer... and Speaker! I appreciate your visit today!

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      How wonderful!

      I was sent Lioness Arising to review through blogging4books. That's been quite some time ago. I have my review on my blog and linked here on squidoo in my book reviews lens.

      They sent me Girls With Swords to review also since I had done the other. Shamefully, I am reading that one very slowly.

      She is a strong Christian writer!

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @takkhisa: Thank you, takkhis, for reading my 'Lioness Arising' book review. I have applied many of the book's principles to my own life, which have proven quite successful for me!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      It is always good to read about new things that I have not experienced yet. Hopefully I would read it soon. Thanks.

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @RuthieDenise: Lioness Arising has so many uplifting and encouraging parts that I seem to get something new from it every time I read it! Really appreciate your visit Karen and many thanks for the kind words!

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      RuthieDenise 3 years ago

      I love your lens. I had not heard of this book but would love to read it one day. Thank you for sharing.

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Thank you favored1 for stopping by today! Yes, John and Lisa are both gifted authors, (and speakers!) I have many of their publications.

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @natashaely: I agree. The contents can be beneficial to many women, Christian or not! Appreciate you adding it to your library.

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      natashaely 4 years ago

      This is such a lovely lens and appeals to both Christians and women, I have added this to my online library as I feel other readers would be inspired.

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @Diana Wenzel: I do hope you get the opportunity to read one of Lisa's books - she has so many good ones to choose from. The best part of the Conference for me was the opportunity to pray for the women at the altar. Also, as a result of the Conference, I was asked to preach at the Sunday Church Service the next day! Thanks so much for visiting and reading my review!

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting analogies and a good read, thanks for sharing.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      As a Christian, I always appreciate being introduced to new authors and opportunities to grow. Thanks for sharing this book and congratulations on your Purple Star. What was the best part of your experience in the Cayman Islands at that conference?

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @rob-hemphill: Appreciate your visit Rob, and your kind comments were a bonus!

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @oldguysrule: Appreciate your visit, and really grateful for the kind words!

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      oldguysrule 4 years ago

      Good job on the book review. Congrats on the Purple star.

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @Useray LM: Thanks so much for visiting. Yes, the Purple Star was a HUGE surprise and a great honor!

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      Useray LM 4 years ago

      Sounds like an interesting book. Well done on your purple lens as well must be a nice to have achievement.

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @Jogalog: Yes, I truly enjoyed the book and took lots of notes in my Journal for future reference. Lisa's words of wisdom remind me on a daily basis to get busy and to "leave a legacy of cause!" Thank you for your visit and kind words!

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @wilsonkht: Thanks for stopping by Wilson - Appreciate the visit!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      It sounds like it's an incredible story. Well done on receiving a purple star too.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this author, so I'm glad you've written about this book. I love the description of the lioness as both fierce and feminine; what a great thing to remember! Your colorful review has made me interested in reading more, so thanks. By the way, congrats on that pretty purple star. It looks great on your lens!

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      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Congrats on your book. I will read it one day.

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @anonymous: Wow...that's pretty cool about the ancient seed that has produced life! I love all the biblical principles regarding the potential for growth and life in that "little seed!" All we have to do is give it away (release it), in order for it to fulfill it's purpose. As a farmers daughter, I truly understand this principle. May your seeds of greatness produce a mighty harvest for you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You mention that seed of greatness that use to arise and it made me think of hearing about seed found from ancient times that were found and were grown in recent years. In the seed is life, even when we think it may have died. You have sting teaching and encouragement gifts, congratulations on your purple star book review! :)

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @BigRedDomino: Thank you for taking the time to read my review, and also for your interest in Lisa Bevere. She has so many great publications, I'm sure one will perfectly minister to your point of need! Yes, Grand Cayman was awesome - still receiving testimonies from the services we did there! God's blessing and favor be unto you!

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      BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      I am interested in the Author and some of the other Titles she has published, but not sure about the one you reviewed in particular. However, Yay you! You got to go to the Caymans and do something you enjoy. I agree that Good Friday can be very emotional-that entire week is for me. Always has been. This year, however, I was more compelled to feel joy and the need to celebrate. It is inspiring that you had such positive things happen to you on that day...Maybe it was His way of reminding you that he suffered so you wouldn't have to. God bless you for sharing. Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @takkhisa: Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me! And the very kind words regarding the Purple Star were much appreciated coming from someone like you who is the recipient of multiple awards!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      At first i want to Congratulate you! Well, i hope i would have time to read this book, great review :)

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @artbyrodriguez: Thank you for the visit! And the very kind words, both here and in the RocketSquid Forum, meant the world to me!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Very interesting lens and well done. Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @mcspocky lm: Thanks so much for reading my Book Review and for the kind words!

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      @RinchenChodron: Yes, empowering women is a topic I can get excited about! The results and personal breakthroughs at the Conference were amazing! Thanks for reading the review!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Sounds like a great book and also conference. Welcome to Squidoo!