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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Review: Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh

Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh
Hardcover, 288 pages, genre Christian Living

Publisher's Description:
"Do you ever question God’s ability to catch you when you fall?
Do shame, fear, and brokenness keep you from fully trusting God?
Do you secretly believe your dreams are unreachable?
You are not alone.
Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God is all about trust. How we fight it. How we learn to do it. How it transforms us.
Life is not safe. That reality slips over us as we grow. Our response to the Father in that reality allows us either to swing higher and higher with the trust of a child . . . or fearfully shrink back from the swing set altogether.
As we weigh that choice, God whispers: Trust me.
In a remarkably transparent account, author and speaker Shelia Walsh opens wide her lifelong battle with trust and the moment-by-moment choices she made to follow where God led.
Shelia has lived a life ruled by “hidden places” of insecurity and brokenness and knows the overwhelming beauty of a life wholly handed over to Christ. As you encounter her struggles and triumphs, you also meet ten of the Bible’s transformed—Tabitha, David, Paul, and others—who teach us that in spite of overwhelming circumstances, just one trusting encounter with Christ sets beautiful things in motion.
It can resurrect dreams, instill purpose, and ignite hope.
Discover what beautiful things can happen when you trust God."

My Review:
A good read. If you've ever struggled with depression and anxiety this book will speak to you. Sheila's struggles and the triumph of God in her life are a beautiful picture that illustrates how much God cares about each one of us. I loved the way she brought the characters to life in her retellings of Biblical stories to illustrate points in this book, but at the same time I felt like she bordered on being a little bit too free with her interpretations at times. So that was both my favorite and least favorite part about the book. :) I teared up while reading it 2 or 3 times when a point hit home. I would recommend this to any Christian mature enough to take the Biblical interpretations with a grain of salt (and having a desire to study the Word and see what parts fit with the real story and what was purely added for effect), especially if they've ever struggled with depression, anxiety, or trust issues. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

This book was reviewed for Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze blog reviewer program. I received a free copy to read and review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and only mine and have not been prompted or censored by the publisher or anyone else but me and God. ;)

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