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.
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.
Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required
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.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.