Book Review: In the Middle of the Mess – Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life
Author: Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is a Scottish lass known as “the encourager” to the over 5.5 million women she’s met and spoken to around the world. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again.
Her message: GOD IS FOR YOU!
Sheila also enjoys being an author—in fact she likes to write everyday—and has sold more than five million books. Her newest, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS, STRENGTH FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL, BROKEN LIFE, (book and Bible study) releases in November 2017. She is also the co-host of the television program Life Today, airing in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Her favorite way to spend a day is to support missions work through the Life Today ministry, working worldwide to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, provide medical help to the sick, and rescue boys and girls from sex slavery. She most recently traveled to Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Southeast Asia.
Calling Texas home, Sheila lives in Dallas with her husband, Barry; her son, Christian; and three little dogs—Belle, Tink, and Maggie.
About the Book:
How do you turn your struggles into strengths? Beloved Bible teacher Sheila Walsh teaches readers how the daily spiritual practices of confession, meditation on God’s Word, and prayer result in fresh freedom in Christ.
In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves for standing strong with God. Using the spiritual applications of confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture to form a daily connection to Jesus, women will learn how to experience new joy as a child of God who is fully known, fully loved, and fully accepted.
In In the Middle of the Mess, Walsh reveals the hardened defenses that kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and shares how entering into a safe place with God and practicing this daily connection with him have saved her from the devil’s prowling attacks. Though we will never be completely “fixed” on earth, we are continually held by Jesus, whatever our circumstances.
I was intrigued when I was asked to review this book, mainly because of the title. How often do we feel like our lives are broken and messed up beyond repair. The saying is true, that your situation is not as bad as it looks and someone else’s situation could be way worse than yours.
In the book, Sheila experiences several traumatic events in her life. These events are life-changing and impactful and she finds herself in a world full of depression and suicidal thoughts. Carrying the burden and weight of the world on her shoulders and in her heart, she questions her faith and the love of God. It is through her faith and in the middle of her brokenness she finds Peace, Healing, Hope, Love, God’s Presence, Strength and I encourage you to read the book to find out how.
I love the Reflection sections at the end of each chapter. Sheila uses scriptures and inspirational messages throughout the book for strength, encouragement and healing. This is definitely a book to read, as it helps you uncover truths about yourself, the reality of God’s love for us, how we are not alone in this world, there is hope, healing and love even though we may not always believe it.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for purposes of facilitating a review courtesy of Handlebar Publishing. I was not compensated in any way for this review. Any thoughts and opinions expressed were solely my own.