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Talented and beautiful, 700 Club co-host Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career when she chose to walk away; and check into a psychiatric hospital. In this expanded edition of her best-selling memoir Honestly, she shares the struggles that brought her to her knees and the story of how God lovingly came to her rescue.
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Publication Date: 2015
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Join Sheila Walsh on her journey from despair to joy
Beautiful and talented, Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career, appearing daily on television as cohost of The 700 Club. One day she found herself walking away from it all and checking in to a psychiatric hospital, where she stayed for a month.
From the outside everything seemed fine, but on the inside Sheila was in trouble. In her journal she wrote, "Lord, please hold me. Im falling into a dark well. I feel as if I am disappearing a little more every day. I am so angry inside that I am afraid of myself. I feel so alone." How did this happen? What brought her to her knees?
Loved Back to Life takes readers on Sheilas journey of the soul from hopelessness to joy as she finds that although the road was scary, at every turn God beckoned her to follow and trust Him. And He did not let her down.
Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than five million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, Gods Little Princess series, Peace for Today, Loved Back to Life, The Storm Inside, Five Minutes with Jesus and The Longing in Me. She is cohost of Life Today with James and Betty Robison. Sheila lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.
jsrn185 Stars Out Of 5When life hitsOctober 10, 2015jsrn18Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Sheila goes more in depth into her story while showing you how to work through your own struggles with fear and shame to improve your life. Leaning on God is the ultimate answer to many of our struggles. Finding the strength to forgive and move past these issues is key throughout the book. This book (like her others) are easy to relate to and offer many tidbits for improving you life. Makes you realize that you are not alone in the struggles that you face and that others are dealing with many of the same issues that you have.
PBJonesEdmonton, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Sheila's Story: Loved back to LifeApril 8, 2015PBJonesEdmonton, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I read Loved Back to Life in two sittings, not because it was an easy read but because it was a book I couldnt put down. It stirred up memories from a previous era.
In the late 80s I co-hosted a radio program out of Champlain, New York, called Rock Solid. We played tunes from Sheilas album, War of Love. Little did I know there was a war going on inside of the mind of this stunning, Scottish singer. Life and death battles with anxiety.
Her candid journal entries said it all - Lord, please hold me. Im falling into a dark well. I feel as if I am disappearing a little more every day. I am so angry inside that I am afraid of myself. I feel so alone.
Sheila was the popular co-host of the 700 Club, with Pat Robertson. She was funny, engaging, attractive, and caring. When she left her role to enter a psychiatric hospital, Christian leaders and co-workers told her:
"Do you know the damage you are doing to this ministry?"
"I always knew you would lose it someday."
"You will never be trusted again."
"You will never be special again."
She replayed those haunting statements over and over again in her mind. She feared those words were true.
Sheila thought that if she just tried hard enough she could make everything right. Daniel, in the Bible, fasted and prayed for 21 days. So, she fasted and prayed for 21 days asking God to heal whatever was wrong with her. She threw herself deeper into helping others.
All of her efforts failed.
It was as though winter had settled into her heart with no hope of spring.
It took an act of desperate courage to check into a psychiatric facility.
Her hospitalization was a new beginning. A first change of many. Sheila would later marry, become a mom herself, embark on a new career of public speaking and inspire and support thousands of women just like her.
She learned that her depression was not something she would get over but something she would get through.
The cover picture of Sheila's book is more than a glamor photo. Its a welcome into her vulnerability. She shares parts of her life that people warned her would end her ministry but actually began a brand new ministry.
Here's what she learned.
1.The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He will love you back to life.
"I never knew You lived so close to the floor,
but every time I am bowed down,
crushed by this weight of grief,
I feel your hand on my head,
Your breath on my cheek, Your tears on my neck,
You never tell me to pull myself together,
to stem the flow of many years,
You simply stay by my side,
for as long as it takes,
so close to the floor."
2. Acknowledge what's inside you. Her doctors identified that she had never given herself permission to feel the inner anger or speak up for herself.
3. Identify what defines you. They asked her, "What are you afraid of?" She gave one answer - "I am afraid of losing what defines me. If all the fancy wrapping was taken away would I be left with just an empty box?"
4. Face your false beliefs. She believed that her father's death was her fault. She worked tenaciously to try to compensate her mother and brother for their loss.
"Children are the best recorders of information - they miss nothing - but they are the poorest interpreters." Sheila Walsh
5. Settle your security. Until her crisis Sheila had spent so many years trying to make God proud of her and to never fail Him. She learned that the Lord makes a far better companion than a judge.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Journey of the SoulMarch 13, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh is not a story about the good life, of God miraculously keeping His children from all difficulty. Like Davids psalms, it serves as a record of the dragons mouth, the floods torrent, and the God who does not abandon. Carried by faith through a difficult childhood, Sheila Walsh began her speaking and singing ministry fresh out of college and rode the wave of success to its crest as a cohost of the 700 Club. Her formula for life became work more, strive more, feel less, until the point that her life onstage was more real to her than her life offstage. When it was apparent to her coworkers and her viewers that she was losing her struggle to push through her depression, Sheila entered a residential treatment facility in a last, desperate search for wholeness.
Loved Back to Life, a spiritual memoir, bursts the boundaries of its genre by teasing out biblically sound teaching from the narrative of Sheilas anguish and recovery process, and also by debunking some of the faulty theology that shames and silences individuals and their families who suffer from mental illness. Fear of intimacy, fear of failure, fear of disapproval and the resultant anger and isolation kept Sheila Walsh a stranger to grace. In spite of her status as a Christian celebrity, she had virtually no support system, and her ministry was actually a pathway to her Dark Night of the Soul. Her fight for joy was aided by these words from John of the Cross:
For a soul will never grow until it is able to let go of the tight grasp that it has on God.
Releasing all her erroneous theories about God, Sheila shares with candor how she learned to give and to receive forgiveness and to follow the Shepherd of her heart. The key truth that she discovered through her journey and unpacks for her readers is that a right understanding of the grace of God yields courage to acknowledge ones imperfections and hope that give thanks for Gods faithfulness in the broken places.
Each chapter of Loved Back to Life is adorned with a very fitting epigraph from an historical writer. Anne Morrow Lindbergh on Chapter 7 captured the essence of Walshs return to life:
It isnt for the moment that you are stuck that you need courage, but for the long, uphill climb back to sanity and security.
Loved Back to Life is an extended hand to those who want to begin, or who are already on that long, uphill climb.
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson through the BookLookBloggers program in exchange for my unbiased review.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free ~ Shelia WalshMarch 1, 2015debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5GOD as she returns to an everyday life schedule. She tells in great details and depth of how she felt she had it all, until one day she walks off the set of her Christian talk show and checks into a hospital to figure out why she is having thoughts of suicide and going through depression. It is a very dark time in her life and she does a great job of explaining why and how it is ok by GOD to get help.
In today's society many people, Christians included, do not understand what depression really is. It is a chemical imbalance and it is ok to take medication to feel better. Shelia does a great job to explain and make people understand this condition.
I would recommend this book to anyone that suffers with depression. If you have a family member, friend or co-worker that also lives with this everyday, read this book and buy a copy for them. It is a great read and she really hits home for those that can relate and understand what she is going through. If you enjoy reading biographies, then you will enjoy this, not her whole life story, but does cover parts of her life that explains why she feels the way she does. Great Job and easy read.
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Christy Bower5 Stars Out Of 5A Heartbreaking and Heartwarming Testimony of Mental Illness and Christ's LoveFebruary 15, 2015Christy BowerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a beautiful testimony from a beautiful woman! Sheila Walsh reaches down deep to give us a heartbreaking and heartwarming testimony of how her rise to success was masking a deep, debilitating depression. Rather than admitting she had a problem, she threw herself into ministry for every waking houra very public, exposed ministry as a singer and then as co-host of The 700 Club.
When it finally became too much, she walked away from a promising career and checked herself into a psychiatric hospital, despite critical comments from friends and colleagues who said she was ruining her career and tarnishing the ministry she worked for.
Ill admit, I pre-ordered Loved Back to Life because I couldnt wait to read it. I have bipolar disorder and wanted to know what goes on in a psychiatric hospital, in case I ever end up in one. On this voyeuristic level, Sheila Walsh didnt disappoint.
Beyond my voyeuristic desire to take the fear out of a psychiatric hospital, I also needed to read someone's testimony so I could hang on to hope that there are happy endings. The author didn't disappoint on that front, either.
Sheila Walshs candor with her experiences and personal feelings was both gripping and difficult for me to read. She takes time to unpack specific lessons learned in her private and group sessions, devoting entire chapters to fear, shame, and loneliness so readers could understand and apply those same principles to their lives. Sometimes this felt too close to home and Id have to slow down and take a break from reading after a few minutes so I could absorb and recover from what I was reading. It was that powerful.
I really applaud Sheila Walsh for sharing her mental illness with the world because there are so many people who face the same struggles, fears, and resistance from themselves and others. The Church, in particular, has a long way to go toward understanding and acceptance of mental illness.
If you or anyone you know struggles with depression, you need to read Loved Back to Life. It will help you understand what those who struggle with depression are experiencing and how you can love them back to life (and what not to do or say, too).