1. It's Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time
    It's Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time
    Sheila Walsh
    Baker Books / 2018 / Hardcover
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging Read
    November 12, 2018
    Darlene L Turner
    --Not Self-Help. God Help.

    This life is full of disappointments and gut-wrenching circumstances. Something bad happens every time we turn around and we're left to deal with it. How we react can affect not only us but those close to us.

    However, it's okay not to be okay. We can still be joyous . . . even in the darkness.

    Sheila Walsh nails it in It's Okay Not to be Okay. This book is full of truths and God helps on dealing with the circumstances in life. The author shares stories in each of the chapters, so this book not only encourages the reader but also entertains. I laughed at some of them and was sorrowful at others. She knows what she's talking about and brings home her points effectively.

    She encourages the reader to take the first step and tell God everything. He knows but wants us to admit how we're feeling. It's okay to go through the emotions. After that, we need to learn to let go and give God the control.

    This book is beautifully written. It kept me turning the pages to find out more. At the end of each chapter, she concludes with practical steps in the One Step at a Time section. Brilliant!

    I give It's Okay Not to be Okay five stars. I guarantee the reader will be encouraged after reading this book.

    **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
  2. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST READ BOOK!
    November 11, 2018
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The title says it all! We go through life fretting because we are not okay in so many areas; like something is badly wrong with us. Instead of turning to the Lord, we try to stuff our perceived failures and limitations under the rug, which only stresses us more. Media, magazines, books everything around us shouts that we can and should reach some sort of perfection. This lie has become so ingrained in us we are blinded and view it as "truth". Ms. Walsh's book blasts fib to pieces with the real truth.

    I found the book to be comforting, inspirational, and helpful. The author's openness and honesty were a blessing. I could relate to her frustrations, depression and struggles. I wasn't happy she had them but it was nice to know I wasn't the only one. Someone else was facing the same thing plus sharing their insights to overcome. Also it was a reality check that even the most successful and spiritual people face the same conflicts.

    We can't be perfect in any area because we aren't; only Christ is, and we live in an imperfect world. No wonder it all seems so impossible! God is always there to help, heal, love, pick us upeverything. Trying to fix ourselves is doing it in our own strength and we don't have that kind of power, only God does. She reminded my past doesn't irreparably break me nor does my present defeat me! The 8 steps she shares to move forward so simple and clear! We have to get our focus off of circumstances and self, plus trying to make our world "just" right and focus on the One that can! An outstanding book!

    I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must-Read for Women!
    November 9, 2018
    BeccaRae
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book carries a message that desperately needs to be heard by today's women. We feel a constant pressure to showcase our lives to the world as if we have it all together and that our lives run perfectly. Spend five minutes on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest and you'll see exactly what I mean. But when hardship hits, it makes sense that you won't be okay. It makes sense that you will have a time of suffering and need support and encouragement in the Lord to lift you back up. Life is hard and there doesn't need to be shame surrounding a need for help.

    This was a study that I consider a great read for all women. For women in ministry it can be helpful for a few reasons. There's the typical words of wisdom to help other women going through struggles, but there's also the words from a woman in the spotlight of women's ministry admitting that she, herself has times when she is not okay. It's an encouragement for women that we don't have to pretend life is perfect when it feels like the walls are caving in. God meets us where we are at not where we think we should be. There is nothing hidden from God. Nothing will surprise Him. He WANTS us to come to Him.

    Everyone has different experiences in life that have caused brokenness. Some have been abused sexually, physically, and/or mentally. Others have dealt with infidelity, divorce, cancer, death, or any other situation that can leave someone feeling shattered. Some things are easier to process and move on from quicker than others. Some wounds are deep enough that they take years or even decades to heal from. To expect that we can be "okay" at all times simply isn't achievable. On the flip side however, Sheila urges the reader to not allow their wounds to become a part of their identity. It's a choice we need to make to seek healing.

    This book is a message women need to hear. We shouldn't be judgmental towards others who are going through tough times. We should feel safe to admit when we are struggling. We can choose to be either a part of the problem or part of the solution. I hope you take the time to read it and hope that it blesses you as it has blessed me.

    *I Received a free copy of this book from Baker Books Publishing. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect for the Season in my Life!
    November 6, 2018
    sstorm
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh, dear friends! How I love Shelia Walsh's new book It's okay NOT TO BE OKAY." At some point, we have all wanted a do over button in life. Shelia writes with powerful truth that God has not left us and that He works all things together for good. Life doesn't offer quick fixes, but Jesus offering healing, restoration and hope! This book is one that you will read over and over again because of the practical truth of how God meets us in our most hurt and weak places. Ms. Walsh's ability to communicate in a transparent and honest way is refreshing. I love that they aren't just words, but experiences she hasn't lived. She doesn't just leave the reader to difficult circumstances, but allows the reader to cling to scripture as we search the scriptures and read the stories of those who have been through difficult things believing God for the impossible.

    This book is so encouraging! I found it very helpful and I loved that it was based on scripture to help me through discouraging seasons. Shelia Walsh is a voice of wisdom and this book speaks to that.

  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    November 5, 2018
    Nick5
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is worth reading.
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