of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
CherryPie04205 Stars Out Of 5We Are All In This TogetherNovember 25, 2018CherryPie0420Quality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I have struggled with clinical depression for the majority of my life. It is something I do not like to talk about. It's a scarlet letter that I try to hide from the world and I have built up a wall to keep many people from penetrating it. Some can empathize but unless you suffer from the same disease it's hard to really understand the thoughts, emotions, and fight that go along with depression. Depression is hard and it hurts.
Sheila Walsh understands this plight. Suffering from clinical depression herself, I immediately felt a kindred spirit when I began to read In the Middle of the Mess. Sheila is raw, and real, pouring her heart onto every page. She does not sugarcoat her journey through depression and dealing with the loss of her mother, but instead embraces it and focuses on the blessings that can be gleaned from the messy times in our lives.
The truths within this book will pierce your heart as you read the various stories from Sheila's personal life and even though I hate that Sheila has been through everything that she has been through, there is a solace in knowing that I am not alone in my daily struggle with depression. I put down In the Middle of the Mess feeling more empowered than I have in a long time. I am not alone in this fight and neither are you.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Cynthia CrossAlabamaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Let's be realApril 15, 2018Cynthia CrossAlabamaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Sheila always shows the side of ourselves that we try to hide from everyone. We hide for fear of being judged, criticized and shoved back into our box of guilt for not being perfect this side of heaven. Thanks Sheila, you open the door for us all.
VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A much needed conversationFebruary 1, 2018VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Middle of the Mess is insightful, informative, and filled with the perfect blend of real talk and vulnerability.
Walsh excels in her gentle combination of story and reflection. Her ability to bring life to her words by letting the stories take their time to ebb and flow adds depth that only an experienced storyteller can bring.
I spend a lot of time with my nose buried in psychology and self-help books (counselling classes tend to do that to a person) but the most impactful are always the ones where the author weaves together heart with truth, a mix Walsh has mastered.Walsh has walked through the darkest of valleys and calls out to readers from a place of familiarity not superiority. I loved this as it makes the book relatable and referable. Let's face it, everyone today is touched by mental health. It's also probably one of the more stigmatized categories of illness. Walsh's book seeks to battle the stigma with information, heart, and humanity, the best weapons.
Obviously, for those familiar with Walsh's career the presence of a strong faith/theological component will come as no surprise. While there are no startling revelations in her material such as the importance of community, the journey of salvation, God's desire in our lives - the straightforwardness with which she pairs these truths with the realities facing those battling mental illness is encouraging and a great resource for those in the middle of such a battle or supporting someone who is.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
BastianReviewsAlabamaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Difficult emotionally to readJanuary 30, 2018BastianReviewsAlabamaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I recently started reading In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh. This book is not for the faint of heart. The opening chapter of the book is a letter from Sheila to her dad, it's full of emotions and darkness. For those who don't know, Sheila Walsh has battled with depression and thoughts of suicide for her entire life. She is very open about her struggles but also gives hope in knowing the goodness of God. I started this post by saying "I recently started reading...". This book at this time in my life is a little bit too intense on the emotional side. I was hoping for something just encouraging, but this book is much more than that. It was too sad for me and I struggled to read it. It may help other people who are struggling with some difficult situations in their life, but it wasn't the right book for me.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5One I Know I'll Read AgainJanuary 22, 2018JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am really thankful I stumbled across this book, offered for review through Thomas Nelson's Booklook Bloggers program. In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life by Sheila Walsh is one of the most tenderhearted, insightful, and encouraging books I've ever read. Walsh not only shares her story, her struggle, but deeply desires to help other women move forward triumphantly by God's Spirit in their stories, too. As she says on page 15, "This is the invitation of this book - an invitation to find healing, to find strength in the middle of your mess . . . It's a book about confession, about letting go, about picking up the Word of God, which was fashioned for your own personal war with your own personal demonds. This is a book intended to give you strength."
If life feels hard right now and you find yourself struggling to put one foot in front of the other each day, Walsh wrote this book for you. If you aren't struggling right now, this book can give you a deeper understanding into the hearts of those who are, so you can approach with a little more empathy, more sensitivity, deeper understanding.
I have enjoyed reading this book and know that it's one I'll read again, probably several times. I want to absorb every thought; I recommend this to you.