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  1. God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They're Not)
    God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They're Not)
    Sheila Walsh
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Hardcover
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  1. Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    True Wisdom: God Loves Broken People
    March 25, 2012
    JoyfulKeeping
    Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sheila, from the bottom of my broken heart, I thank you for this book. I'm pretty sure if one could earn a doctorate in brokenness, I would have one. I love the conversational style of this book interwoven with real life stories. Sheila shares her personal pains and those who have risen from the deepest darkest places.

    "Can our brokenness be a blessing?" she asks.

    A blessing is something I never would have called my traumas, but I can see how God takes this brokenness and turns it into a seed which will grow. Sheila talks about how some Christian brothers and sisters were so shockingly cruel, unsupportive, and judgmental about her depression - well to many of us, we would have run screaming from anything associated with Jesus or Christianity. When my marriage was falling apart due to abuse from my spouse, a prominent southern Baptist pastor, along with the church body turned their backs - on me, the victim. Yes, I wanted to run away, but God had other plans. It showed me the Christian I didn't want to become.

    "What if brokenness is a divine gift, a mystery we can fully understand and truly appreciate only in eternity?"

    When I was sexually attacked at 12, I was broken. When my parents divorced at 13 and I left home at 15 I discovered a cold dangerous world. When you live place to place, sleep on a floor or walk the streets at night hoping you stay invisible to the world, when you'll do just about anything for a hot meal because you haven't eaten in days- you are broken. When I found myself pregnant at 17, alone and completely out of money, resources and sitting in a motel room (paid for with my last dollars) facing check-out time thumbing through the phonebook for the nearest crisis pregnancy center, I was broken. Fastforward to 19 years later when I walked in to find my beautiful daughter dead from sleep apnea, I was absolutely, completely, broken to the core. At each of these (and much more) I could not see what I had done that was so awful to be punished this way. It has taken time, and writers like Sheila, to help me see beyond my pain.

    Just as Sheila describes wanting to crawl into bed and not get up. Just like the story of Naomi wanting to be called Mara, I was bitter, I was angry. But God has turned each trauma, each heartache into stepping stones for where He is leading me and people with the same heartaches have reached out to me.

    What Sheila doesn't know is that I have been working, painfully, on writing my story because people say I'm strong, because people say I should share why on earth I still believe in God and my fear, what has held me back was that I would be judged. That my Christian brothers and sisters would judge my life and miss the beauty God has created from my pain. Her book has inspired me to move forward.

    Even if you are not ‘broken' you know someone who is. Read this book, it could change your life, your way of thinking and help someone who is broken.
  2. Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great reminder of God's promises
    March 20, 2012
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The latest book release by Sheila Walsh is one that will speak to many people. God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They're Not) is not a book designed to make all of your problems evaporate with a sprinkling of Scripture, or buzz words to make you feel good about yourself. Nor, does it make any guarantees that all of your brokenness can be placed firmly in the past. However, it is filled with stories of others who have faced sorrow and insecurities and assures the reader that God can be trusted and does love us.

    "It's not that God loves broken people more than those who imagine themselves to be whole―it's simply that they know they are loved. They dare to believe it . . . and through such trust, a new wholeness emerges from yesterday's broken pieces." ~ from the book jacket. From personal experience, I know that it often feels during the times of bleakness that God simply doesn't love you. The reminders that His promises are for all of us who seek Him and that He longs for a relationship with His people are a great reassurance. Sometimes what we know in our head, can be overpowered by what we are feeling. Logic can flee when sorrow invades, so that is the times we need to cling to what we know to be true.

    This wasn't the most profound book I have ever read, but it did provide glimmers of light and hope to those going through a time of darkness. Sometimes, the lighter fare is easier to absorb and several of the anecdotes did speak to me, and cause me to think from a slightly different angle. The Bible studies that go along with the chapters are good for both self-evaluation or for a discussion group. Just the reminder that God may allow part of my life to be broken, but is able to use those broken pieces for a much greater purpose was reason enough for me to be glad I read this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. St. Louis, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought provoking
    March 17, 2012
    Beth
    St. Louis, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'll admit, I wanted to read this book because when I read the title the first thought that went through my head was "oh yeah? Prove it!" Welp, she did folks!!! In the introduction Sheila Walsh talks about how if she could have only chosen one book to write it would have been this one. Now having read it, I would say that it's in my top 20 must read list, but I am still glad we have other books by Walsh :)

    What I most appreciate about Walsh as an author is her consistent willingness to be truthful about her life, struggles and growth as a Christian. Not only does Walsh truly "practice what she preaches" but she gives the reader a valuable resource in this book with all the Bible verses quoted about suffering and all the other authors Walsh resources. Another part of this book that I most appreciated is that unlike other Christians I have encountered who seems to have cookie cutter responses such as "all things work for God's glory!" Walsh gives the reader permission to have emotion surrounding a hard situation and then practical, biblical based discussion points on how to move forward with the emotion.

    One point Walsh continually brings up is the blessing of experiencing brokenness, the opportunity to grow closer to God through it, and the blessing you can be to others through it.

    I would highly suggest reading this book, 5 out of 5 stars.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read on brokenness
    March 16, 2012
    LarryKozlof
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In "God Loves Broken People" Sheila Walsh sets out to provide a landscape by which any person who has even the slightest amount of hurt and pain (brokenness), regardless the form, can see that God is not upset with them because of the pain, but he is ready and willing to use them because of the pain.

    The idea of being broken, and the stigma and taboo that often comes along with it, is so often either pushed aside or made little notice of in Christian circles. Sheila Walsh describes from her first words through the entirety of the book the importance of recognizing your own brokenness and seeing that God both loves you fiercely, and hopes that you will see the value of what you are experiencing. When many authors would take the introduction space of a book to introduce the topic, Sheila introduces herself and the reason for writing this book, personalizing the theme and allowing the reader to see that not being Okay, is Okay. I believe this was vital to the concept and readability of the book.

    Though I understood before reading that much of the discussion throughout would be focused on and from a female perspective, I was intrigued to see how the topic would be handled for a male reader. My answer came quickly, and somewhat surprisingly, as I felt drawn deeper into the writing as pages turned and because of the way in which Sheila approached this topic I was encouraged to get deeper into the Word myself as she highlighted passages and used them as source material.

    The knowledge that is passed on to the reader through all 13 chapters, though I found it humorous when the jacket of the book mentioned 12, kept me engaged, entertained and wanting to learn more. If there is anything negative within the pages it would be the need for more external examples of brokenness, perhaps having some friends share a story from their perspective, and less that centered on the author herself. However, that being said, this is a wonderful book and a great read. I highly recommend that you pick it and walk through the teaching, apply it and see where it takes you with God, even if you are a person who pretends to not be broken.

    God loves broken people is a fabulous read, that may drag at moments, but is redeemed by the wonderful truth that God does not over look your pain. I believe this book should be on the shelf of professional counselors and ministers alike, after all, everyone has a little sense of brokenness within them.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Stone Lake, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Resource for Support Groups
    March 9, 2012
    Nellie Dee
    Stone Lake, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I breezed through this book because it was enjoyable and easy to read while at the same time I had to mark several places so I could go back to re-read and give further thought.

    I appreciate how Sheila wrote from her heart and her own painful experiences. It is evidence of the truth she reveals in her book, that we are all broken, but some of us know it and admit it, that some of us embrace the brokenness and emerge a better person, and that by embracing the brokenness from heaven's perspective, we can find a place of comfort and solice.

    Brokenness being the place where our lives fall apart, shattered by events or disasters. Instantly. One minute having the world at your fingers, the next minute, having nothing.

    Sheila captures the "what we know for sure", which is the place where broken people find themselves. I had to smile because I've repeated those words numerous times from my own broken place. All we know for sure is "that Jesus loves me, this I know".

    The author gave numerous examples of woundedness by including many stories of her own as well as those of friends or those found in her own reading and research. My favorite two examples are about communion. The first one was about a group of prisoners, who although in separate cells, communicated through morse code and discovered they could share communion. Even though they had nothing to share, they could still share nothing. The other communion story was the precious sharing of a saltine and ginger ale between Sheila and her mother-in-law during her mother's last days, and thus, her last earthly communion.

    I loved the author's insights through scriptures. She has definitely done her own digging for nuggets of gold. She so freely shared her nuggets, but as with all gold digs, there's nothing as precious as your own find. Somehow, we can't appreciate or latch onto the truth, claiming it for our very own without picking up our own shovel.

    The author includes a Bible Study with 13 lessons for just such a personal dig. It would be well worth the study to assess one's own progress, whether in an individual or group Bible or support group.
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