I wish I had had this book years ago. Although there is a lot of controversy around Sheila Walsh's teachings and some people have rated this book low, it is quite profound and I found this book to be pretty biblical. Years ago, I had struggled with how a loving God could allow suffering and perhaps even cause suffering. Sheila addresses this very question. And while I ran to read shallow books with weak answers (like Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People) or Philip Yancy, I couldn't find any real answers. For a time, I was angry at God and couldn't understand how to reconcile the two: God and suffering. I heard all the typical answers and none seemed to fit. God uses all the bad circumstances for good just didn't add up to me. The end should not justify the means.
Sheila does an incredible job of making intense suffering fit into God's will and plan for our lives. In fact, she turns suffering into something that we might even seek out or wish for because some of the blessings that come from it are just so profound and great. I did not find this book to be shallow or lacking in answers. Some of the examples might have been weak, but the overall story was amazing, beautiful and very very glorifying to God. I felt like this book gave REAL ANSWERS for suffering. I think all Christians can benefit from reading this book.
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Shelia Walsh is always at her best. What a healer!
March 8, 2012
New York, NY
Shelia Walsh never disappoints you. I read her book in one day! I could not put it down. Her gentle compassion washes over you. I recently did her Bible study, The Shelter of God's Promises with my study group at church. It was wonderful, we had such a good time. I too am a broken person and I feel God put me here for a purpose. Whenever I introduce Shelia's books to my group, I always get a postive response. Some of my friends never heard of her before and the Bible Study was a great introduction. I love Shelia because she blend "real life" situations with bibical insight. I love that she shares so much of her personal life with her readers. It's nice to know that we all have ups and downs. If you think that you have been through too much to make a difference in others, let Shelia's book be a lesson for you. It is not too late to be anything. I hope all women read this book. It will make laugh, cry and sing for joy. You will find joy in your life. I have made a committment to see things and myself differently after reading this book. Don't miss this special read. Thank you Shelia!
God Loves Broken People by Sheila Walsh is a honest read on human brokenness and God's love.
Shelia's honest look at brokenness reveals her own brokenness in such a way that all of us can relate to it. We realize that we are all broken but God is the one who loves us just as we are
You feel as if you are sitting at Shelia's kitchen table having a one-on-one conversation with your best friend about all hurts and hindrances in both your life and realizing that you can be honest with God in the same way. All we need to do is run to Jesus as fast as we can. .
We are broken in this life, but God loves through this life and into eternity.
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Readers encounter a new message about God's redemptive plan for their failures and shortcomings.
One bite of forbidden fruit is all it took to send humanity reeling from God. What Sheila Walsh unveils in God Loves Broken People is that God had a divine plan even then that is hidden underneath our pain and mistakes. God intends to wield our failures, our wanderings, and the deep hurt of our lives not only to drive us toward him but also to give us a deeper experience of his grace and healing power.
So many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, look at their wounds and sense that they are somehow beyond repair, that their moments of weakness make them spiritually defective. In this powerful book full of deep biblical teaching, Walsh encourages readers with God's truth that he is not done with them yet, that he can and will redeem their failures to create a deeper intimacy with him and accomplish his kingdom purposes.
Everyone has messed up somehow, sometime. For anyone who is not able to move beyond and experience the deep love and grace of God, they need God Loves Broken People.
The was kind of slow. Some of the chapters drug on but I liked the point she was making. It just wasn't super well written. A lot of rambling. There were some factually errors in the book and some weird things.
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Recently I had the chance to read God Loves Broken People by Shelia Walsh under an agreement from Booksneeze that gives books to bloggers in return for an honest review, positive or negative.
This book was simply stunning.
Who among isn't broken? Who among isn't struggling is some form or fashion, whether with something you chose by your hand or by some unforeseen circumstance you have no control over. Shelia Walsh won my heart when she said
"I can't explain why God allowed this difficult thing into you life. I'm not sure it would help you if I did know and I told you. But what I do know is this: God loves you with a ferocity that defies description."
And that, is the crux of it.
If this book could be summed up in one word, it would be "Hope". It graciously, without fault, gives hope to those who don't have any, can't find any, and to those who wouldn't even know where to look.
And, even better still there is an intensive study to correlate with the chapters at the end of this book.