I received an advance copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review.
The Shelter of God's Promises was an easy book to read. Sheila Walsh writes in her typical style Ã¢â¬â down the earth, personal, and light-hearted! She opens with a neat testimony and story of one instance in which God showed Himself to her as her Shelter and Refuge. If you read the book, don't skip this introduction! Each chapter opens with one of God's promises. Walsh illustrates the promise with a personal story, then expounds on it through Scripture. She closes out each chapter with a challenge for the reader to apply and walk in the promise discussed. The book also includes a Bible study, which I didn't do, so I can't tell you much about it! Overall I enjoyed the book. It would make a good small group study. It's not the most amazing book I've read, but it's good and could definitely start some great conversations. I really appreciated how she went back to Bible stories to illustrate God keeping His promises.
I purchased this study on behalf of our Study Group; the ladies are all excited about it. We begin our study this evening, but the number in the group has increased since they learned of this new study. The anticipation is high, as the ladies all wish to grow in their knowledge and trust in God. Sheila Walsh has been a beautiful encouragement to many in the Body of Christ, and I feel sure this study will enhance the lives of many more. We have several new ladies who are being introduced to Sheila Walsh for the first time. My thanks to Sheila for her transparency in sharing her own struggles.
The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh is definitely a book I would recommend for group setting and not as much for in individual study.
Sheila Walsh states her main objective in writing this book was that she wants to show the promises of God that we can use through the good and bad we encounter daily.
As this book begins it explains what promises are and how God's promises differ from our own man made promises. Once she explains what promises are she explains what provisions are. What are the things that we need on a daily basis? Not the things that we THINK we need, but the things we actually need and how can we trust that God will provide those for us? Which leads back to God's promises. Ultimately, if we can believe in God's promises we should feel a certain sense of peace in our life that is unmatched by anything that is of this earth. This peace grants us the ability to give up fear and know that we are never truly alone. The next step in understanding the shelter of God is to understand that even when we can't see through our pain God is still there and his plan in still in motion. We must dig deep to find the confidence to know that God's plan is bigger and better than anything we could have planned for ourselves.
About half way through the book we start to touch on the topics of love, grace, hope and strength. These topics teach us that we are ALWAYS loved, ALWAYS forgiven, NEVER broken beyond repair, and that God will never give us more than we can handle.
As you finish this book you will discover that Walsh is telling us what God has been trying to convince us of for quite some time. There is something better, it's HIM. No matter how far we have strayed or how far we feel we've pushed from HIM we always have a future with him. He has a home prepared for us and it's as simple as trusting in the promises he set before us before we were born.
As previously stated I highly recommend this book for a group study and urge the use of the study in the back of the book to provoke questioning and thought.
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