Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Book Review - In the Middle of the Mess


How do you turn your struggles into strengths? Beloved Bible teacher Sheila Walsh teaches readers how the daily spiritual practices of confession, meditation on God’s Word, and prayer result in fresh freedom in Christ.

In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves for standing strong with God. Using the spiritual applications of confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture to form a daily connection to Jesus, women will learn how to experience new joy as a child of God who is fully known, fully loved, and fully accepted.

In In the Middle of the Mess, Walsh reveals the hardened defenses that kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and shares how entering into a safe place with God and practicing this daily connection with him have saved her from the devil’s prowling attacks. Though we will never be completely “fixed” on earth, we are continually held by Jesus, whatever our circumstances.

Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart is to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, "Gigi, God's Little Princess." Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God's love for them. She is the author of several books for women including "Honestly," "Gifts for Your Soul," "Living Fearlessly," and "The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh", "The Shelter of God's Promises" and her latest book, "God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they're not." As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD "Beauty From Ashes." Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.

This is such a compelling book that will help you to see that God is with you and loves you through all things in your life. 

Shelia has lived with depression and suicidal thoughts her whole life. Her childhood was full of questions after the death of her father under sad circumstances and it haunted her. She found herself feeling the same dark thoughts and feelings as she grew up and as an adult. 

I love how honest and open Shelia is in this book. So often, we as Christian women, hide our true feelings from one another and that's part of the problem. We feel we have to hid the dark feelings and she shares how important it is to support each other rather than condemn. This includes our own condemnation for ourselves. 

As Shelia goes farther down the dark tunnel of depression, she finally hits bottom and gets the help that she needs. The greatest help she gets is from God and her realization that His salvation is for her and He loves her unconditionally. It is this that she shares with such beauty in this book.

This is a book that everyone should read, whether they are going through depression themselves or know someone who is. It's insightful, hopeful, and, in the end, a joyful story of how God can and does support and love us through everything.

I love this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by BookLook Bloggers Program

Blessings - Julie

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