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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Encouraging!

Several months ago, I heard Sheila Walsh speak for the first time on a Focus on the Family broadcast. I had heard of her, but didn't know much about her.

This particular day I was home sick and laying in bed depressed. I decided to turn on the radio to 570 AM for so...
Several months ago, I heard Sheila Walsh speak for the first time on a Focus on the Family broadcast. I had heard of her, but didn't know much about her.

This particular day I was home sick and laying in bed depressed. I decided to turn on the radio to 570 AM for some encouragement.

Sheila Walsh was introduced and began to speak about her life. I felt as if she was speaking directly to me. The Holy Spirit was using her to minister to me in a deep way that I found myself in tears.


She left such an impression that when I saw God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They're Not) I knew I wanted to read and review it.

Sheila Walsh is an eloquent speaker. She is also a wonderful story teller and bible teacher. I appreciated her honesty and transparency in her writing. There is no fluff, Sheila Walsh tells it like it is. She also writes with a heart of compassion and love for people which is revealed on every page of this book.

I identified and resonated with what she wrote on page 45:

"God isn't some cosmic jukebox in the sky, from which, so long as you have the right coin, you get to pick the soundtrack for your life. Those who peddle a health-and-wealth message have wounded uncounted thousands who are left reeling with only one conclusion: The reason that my child died, or that my marriage failed, or that we lost our house . . . is because I didn't have enough faith.

That is beyond cruel; it is blaphemous. Christ never promised an easy path. He never said there would be roses with no thorns, or seasons without winter, or pathways without obstacles. In fact it is quite the opposite."

This was comforting for me to read. For years I felt condemned by Christians because they would judge me for being depressed. They would accuse me of lacking faith because was hurting and struggling with depression. I'm so glad I no longer believe those lies.

Sheila Walsh addresses these misconceptions and more in God Loves Broken People. She also touches upon the hard questions we wrestle with as believers. Those questions we are afraid to ask others or even talk to God about. This book gave me encouragement and hope.

If you are hurting, depressed, struggling, suffering or wondering why bad things happen, I highly recommend God Loves Broken People.

In conclusion, I want to thank BookSneeze for blessing me with a complimentary copy of this book to read and review.

posted by Sister-P on June 27, 2012

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They're Not By Sheila Walsh

The other side of brokenness "If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . ."¿Sheila Walsh God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruise...
The other side of brokenness "If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . ."¿Sheila Walsh God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known. When the glass house Sheila had lived in for so many years came crashing to the ground, she began a new life outside the safety of those walls. No, it didn't feel good, nor safe¿not at all. But it felt true. Sheila saw herself as a broken lamb limping after the Shepherd, not knowing where He was going, but knowing that wherever He went, she wanted to go with Him. I have read other books by Sheila and I really enjoy her writing. She uses her life experiences in many of her books, as she did this one. It is always nice to know someone else has suffered and sinned, etc. just as you have. But this book of Sheila's was very different from her other writings that it really turned me off a bit, it was not uplifting nor was it encouraging to me at all. For instance she writes in one chapter titled 'Fierce Love & Halloween Grace' she writes: "I call this kind of grace 'Halloween grace,' because it wears an unanticipated costume. (Halloween Costumes) don't 'necessarily give any clue to the sort of kid on the inside. Grace can be like that too.'" "But in each case His grace wears a slightly different costume." This comparison totally turned me off and was very hard for me to swallow. There are many typos in her book as well as repetitive writing with the same point being repeated. The personal narratives were of no use to me either. I felt she left out some very useful bible based advise for the reader. This was not one of Sheila Walsh's finest books at all, it was not very well thought out, it was very disorganized. I did like some parts of the book, such as chapter 6 was very well written and the sad part is the whole book could be summed up in this chapter. I don't want to turn anyone off from reading Sheila Walsh's writing's because she has written some wonderful and useful books, this one unfortunately was not one of them I am sorry to say. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program.

posted by JodyJ on March 10, 2012

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    Half a decade ago, I read Sheila Walsh's excellent book on depre

    Half a decade ago, I read Sheila Walsh's excellent book on depression, The Heartache No One Sees. I had never heard of Sheila before (despite her fame as a singer, speaker, and writer), but I was quickly taken in by her transparency, hard-knocks wisdom, and obvious heart for encouragement. Her words were a lifeline to me, and I've admired her ever since. So when her latest book, God Loves Broken People, became available on Booksneeze, I snatched it up.

    God Loves Broken People isn't exactly revolutionary, but it's sound and reassuring advice to people who are suffering, enduring trials or disappointments, or are still recovering from past difficulties. The crux of the message is one I've sought out and preached to myself for years now: that the hard things God allows into our lives are never meaningless or arbitrary. Suffering doesn't mean that He doesn't love us, or has abandoned us. He uses our pain to show us His love and provision, help us to grow, and make us more fit for service. Sheila Walsh elaborates on this theme through Scripture, true-life stories, and her own experience.

    I often feel that my own emotional and spiritual scars are a liability, or grounds for rejection, but I've already seen proof of what He can do with those scars. I've also learned that pain holds great potential for spiritual growth if we're willing to tap into it. This book reinforced those lessons and provided comfort. I hope it does the same for you!

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