This is a truly anointed book. It is especially geared for someone who "feels" their brokenness. And needs to know God loves them in the midst of it. "It's okay not to feel okay." Then, Sheila challenges us to allow God to transform our brokenness into ministry. I taught a women's ABF using this book. Many deep bonds between broken women were forged in the class.
"God Loves Broken People" by Sheila Walsh is a book that focuses on how we can turn our own brokenness into a closer walk with God. She evens states that this is so important to her that if there was only one book that you read of hers, then is should be this one. Of all the book that Sheila wrote i would say that this one... If you experienced pain and suffering in your life or are going through a dark time, I would definitely recommend this book. If you're looking for a quick read or an inspiring honest book this is for you! If you are struggling with brokenness in any for, grab this!
This book addresses the issues of pain and suffering and helps people to cope with the challenges that come along with these difficult situations. Using real life stories that are personal to her and those she knows, she tackles some of the hard questions people ask when things seem to go wrong. She provides perspective, hope and encouragement to those encountering trouble. There is something for everyone to gain from this book.
I found the first half of the book to be a tough slog. She kept raising all these difficult questions, but didn't give any answers or solutions or really even much hope to the reader. I ended up putting it down for a few months, then tried picking it back up again. The second half of the book was much more encouraging and gave a really good perspective on dealing with challenging circumstances and ways to find healing while strengthening our faith at the same time. If you can get through the start, the end is worth it.
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I was a teenager when my mom came home after attending her first Women of Faith conference in Washington, DC. She was alive again---really alive. I remember her talking about this amazing speaker named Sheila Walsh who had the guts to stand on an arena stage and tell more than ten thousand women what it was like to be broken and be a Christian. Shocking, I know.
Most Christians at the time treated fellow believers struggling with depression as less-than Christians, outcasts, clearly those "of little faith." Churches posted catch phrases on their outdoor signs like, "too blessed to be stressed." We lived in a vast religious culture of playing pretend and then Sheila Walsh told people how God had brought her from a high profile job on the 700 club to a mental hospital. But He didn't leave her there. He scooped her up like a lost little lamb lovingly lifted by her Shepherd to safety, and healing, and freedom.
In this book, Sheila delivers a message of how God doesn't just use brokenness, but how it actually draws us closer to Him and makes us better ministers of compassion to others. She draws from her own life experiences, countless Scripture accounts, classic Christian literature, and the testimonies of others to remind us that Christ Himself chose suffering, chose to be broken, for us.
Even now, all these years after my mom first heard Sheila Walsh share her testimony at Women of Faith, we Christians continually contend with those among us who think being a Christian is a free pass to happiness and personal comfort. We think somehow attending church or saying we're a Christian means we'll get to live the American dream--perfect family, perfect job, perfect health . . . just perfect. It still takes guts to be the one reminding us of what Scripture actually says---that in this world we will have trouble, but we take heart because Jesus has overcome the world.
For anyone walking through a season of brokenness or encountering trials and pain, this book offers a powerful ministry of encouragement. The book also includes group study questions in the back, making this a good choice for a women's Bible study or small group, as well. After all, sometimes it's easy to feel totally alone when we're struggling and yet the truth is---most of us have been broken, are broken or will be broken. So, ultimately this is a message to share with others.
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