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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh

The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God
ISBN: 9781400204892

Publisher's Synopsis:

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."
God is so much bigger than your past. He is so much more merciful than your sin. He is so much stronger than your weakest moment. 
MrsK's Review:
It is with great honor that this review is being written. Over the course, of a few years, Sheila has been inspiring women to know and grow in a relationship with our Lord. Through Women of Faith, Sheila's witness has always... always inspired the next level in my faith walk.

With her newest book, Sheila is inviting us to walk with her and King David towards discovering the longing within our souls.
"The human heart longs for closure and understanding."
It's my "forever beginning," my point at which life tips and I begin looking for a life-preserver. Often times my searching takes me to others that might not be available. Ultimately, I reach for God's words... then I begin a renewal.
My prayer for you right now, dear reader, is that God
will grant you the grace and courage to pursue Him and,
along that broken path, discover how much God 
has always loved and relentlessly pursued you."
Sheila explains the "slow and endless drip, drip, dripping" as a soul is damaged. When we replay the "agonizing, shame-filled tapes" over and over and over in our heads we become powerless against the warfare that begins a battle against our soul. We long to win the battle and to take refuge under the care of a champion or victor.
"Christ has called us to be people who speak the truth and live in the light,
who openly settle our conflicts
rather than withdraw and embitter ourselves."
 If you are a gardener, you know all about those weeds that will choke the life out of a plant. Encrouching the good soil until the plant itself is over-ran with the weed's webbing. Within our minds, conversations and actions can thrive if we give attention to those deceiving "weeds."
"What God offers you is grace and forgiveness in the present
and hope for the future."
Eventually that "longing in me" begins prompting me to make everything right. What did King David do? How can the word of God direct our path? "How do you live when things can't be quickly fixed?"
Accept Sheila's invite, joining many women of faith and King David along this path of victory.
Healing brings sweet freedom,
"The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located
 will betray us if we trust to them;
it was not in them,
 it only came through them,
 and what came through was a longing...
  For they are not the thing itself;
 they are only the scent of a flower we have not found,
 the echo of a turn we have not heard,
 news from a country we have never yet visited."
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Inspiring forgiveness, renewal, strength, and self-discovery.
Meet the Author:
Sheila Walsh  Sheila Walsh 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.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free for this review."

Thomas Nelson

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