Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God By Sheila Walsh

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400204895
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 5 2016)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Canada Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010R6N6MU

Book Description

Do your desires have you going around in circles? You may be looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.

You vowed you’d never repeat the same mistakes—yet you find yourself right where you started. What is it that keeps drawing you back into the same old traps? The fact is, your longings are built from the blueprint of your needs: for protection, for love, for God. And those needs aren’t going anywhere.

Sheila speaks candidly about the trials in her life, including the heartache of her first marriage, and intertwines her story with the biblical saga of King David. As both Sheila’s and David’s stories make clear, some cravings are misguided, but they all stem from the same hunger—and they will haunt you until that hunger gets satisfied properly.

If you keep reaching out to the wrong people at the wrong times in your own life, The Longing in Me will help you understand that your cravings are not the problem. It’s where they lead you that makes all the difference.

About the Author

 Sheila Walsh (05-07-1956) is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith®, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God's Word.

Author of the best-selling memoir Honestly and the Gold Medallion nominee for The Heartache No One Sees, Sheila's most recent release, The Shelter of God's Promises, has also been turned into a DVD curriculum and in-depth Bible study. The Gigi, God's Little Princess book and video series has won the National Retailer's Choice Award twice and is the most popular Christian brand for young girls in the United States.

Sheila co-hosted The 700 Club and her own show Heart to Heart with Sheila Walsh. She is currently completing her Masters in Theology.

Twitter @SheilaWalsh!/sheilawalshconnects

My Review

No matter how great your longing is for God, it will never, ever compare to His longing for you.
From the Introduction.

Sheila Walsh is an amazing Christian speaker and author. The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God is an impressive book that is an excellent resource for The Longing in Me bible study.

The Longing in Me contains an introduction and ten chapters:

 1. The Longing to Be Chosen
 2. The Longing to Be Protected
 3. The Longing for What Used to Be
 4. The Longing for Control
 5. The Longing for Your Rights
 6. The Longing for That One Thing You Think You Need to Be Happy
 7. The Longing to Make Everything Right
 8. The Longing for What Would Glorify God
 9. The Longing to Share the Grace and Mercy We’ve Received from God
 10. The Longing for God Alone

In The Longing in Me, Sheila Walsh brings the reader along on her journey as well as King David's journey.  "As we walk through David’s life, my life, and the lives of other women, we’ll study the longings we all have and learn how to channel those to know God more and determine what to do when we lose our way. Longings are a part of life. They are not inherently good or evil." This is from the Introduction.

We need to be reminded that when we make bad choices, God still loves us. He is always there. Sheila Walsh helps ingrain this truth in us in The Longing in Me. She effectively utilizes biblical truths to help us in our journey. On the world of women she writes:

Men seem to wear their insecurities through sports or cars or the blond on their arm. But women display insecurity by deciding who is “in” and who is “out.” As you know, women can be very cruel to each other. We love to point fingers and judge the thing that we’re not tempted by as if it’s a greater sin than the one we hide. In other words, we judge relentlessly those who sin differently than we do. Do we hope that it will make us feel better about ourselves? Judging others won’t make us feel better. Not only that, but someday we may need the very mercy we now withhold. Chapter 10

 I found this very fascinating...we judge relentlessly those who sin differently than we do.

I love Sheila's honestly. Sheila made a very bad choice in her first husband...I can relate and I know many other women can as well. I think this is a very valuable book for those of us who keep punishing ourselves for choices made when we were young.

Highly recommend The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh. It will be a great bible study for small groups.
Also available is: The Longing in Me Study Guide: A Study in the Life of David

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