Insecurity, Beth Moore says, is the number one issue threatening women. The prolific author and sought-after speaker says she does not plan to battle insecurity—she intends to defeat it. She seeks to help other women do the same with her latest book, So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us (Tyndale). CT online editor Sarah Pulliam Bailey spoke with Moore at Living Proof Ministries in Houston about why defeating insecurity is so fundamental.

With all the problems and issues facing women, why did you decide to write about insecurity?

God will use one portion of something I've been working on that I never got to completely exhaust. That happened with Esther, the last full-scale Bible study I wrote. I wrote on how much pressure Esther had to have been under as a woman, and how much her story speaks to us so many centuries later. I could not let go of that; day after day it kept occurring to me. I have had 25 years in women's ministry, and I have the outrageous joy of living with women all the time. And I'm telling you, it is the number one issue I see in us right now.

How would you respond to people who say that addressing insecurity is more of a psychological issue than a biblical issue?

We get into the biggest defeats in our personal lives when we keep compartmentalizing things into spiritual and religious categories.

The Lord is the one who addresses everything that has to do with the human psyche and our emotional lives, and we keep setting them apart. So when we doubt and self-destruct in any area, we don't live under the umbrella of his authority, his help, or by the power of his Spirit. The Word of God is so much broader than people are giving it credit for. Look at Proverbs, a book written on how to live. ...

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So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us
So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
368 pp., 15.99
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